I would definitely prefer the audio version but only because it's difficult anymore to slow down long enough to actually read. With the audio...I can ..Show More »have someone read it to me while I'm doing everything else I need to do.
This was a good book. I liked the main characters and their bantering back and forth. The story and the twists were good too. The narrator was too ..Show More »breathy when the characters were stressed. I don't remember him being this noticable in other readings.
This "book" is really an excerpt from The 9th Girl. It's only a little more than 1 hour long and adds about 10 minutes of new information. What a rip ..Show More »off! I really felt cheated by this one.
Zombie Doe, a young girl who had been tortured and was dead or nearly dead by New Years Eve, is thrown from the trunk of a dark sedan into the path of..Show More » a party limousine. If she wasn't dead before she certainly was after she fell into a snarl of holiday traffic. Thus begins another of the Nikki and Sam serial killer adventures set in midwinter Minnesota.
Pros: Hoag is a competent writer so I don't regret buying and listening to this novel.
Cons: This is a narrator that I am not familiar with and I don't particularly care for his reading style. His female voices are particularly annoying.
The characters are lacking in development. I really had no emotional attachment to the kids (and Hoag generally does kids well) or to any of the victims. Usually there is a bit of ambiguity about the adult characters in her previous books leading to suspense, but it was clear right off who the bad guys were.
I also think that Hoag made a mistake making this a "message" story. There was a theme involving bullying in high school that sometimes had me skipping pages. I would cheerfully have turned most of the kids over to the serial killer. Georges St. Pierre got mentioned a lot and I finally broke down and googled him while writing this.
I missed the Sam and Tinks' (Nikki) cohesiveness as a Homicide partnership present in most of the other books. Tinks and Sam both seemed tired. The numerous references to the daughter that Sam gave up to his ex-wife as a infant made me wonder if this was foreshadowing a future book.
I don't regret the time I spent reading this book, but I'm certainly not going to reread it like I have many of her prior suspense novels.
I was pleasantly surprised to find such a great storyline that suggests multiple suspicious characters right up to the point you learn who the bad per..Show More »son is. I will be a fan and look forward to the next book.
Darn, darn, darn. I am a long time fan of Tami Hoag suspense novels, especially the Kovac and Linska series. Two books back I ended up disappointed w..Show More »ith her last Kovac and Linska novel that was also a problem novel about bullying. This one is about sex abuse and consequences. It's not bad, it's just kind of mediocre. The spark that made her earlier books must reads is no longer there, at least for me.
The narrator wasn't particularly interesting either. He's done better in the past, although he is not one of favorites.