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THE MOTIVES OF MONSTERS
on 16 October 2013
THE 9TH GIRL by Tami Hoag begins on New Year's Eve with a body falling from the trunk of a black car, and being struck by a limo. Dubbed Zombie Doe by the press the story proceeds with detectives Kovac and Liska (Tinks) attempting to determine not only the identity of the victim but whether or not she was alive when she fell from the trunk and if this body represents victim number nine for a serial killer known as Doc. Holiday.
We view the story from the perspective of the detectives as well as the perpetrator, Doc. Holiday - a devious man who enjoys toying with the authorities and is wrapped up in proving that he is smarter than the cops. This is a tale that addresses not only the mindset of a killer but proceeds to examine the effects of bullying, peer pressure, social media, narcissistic behavior, the problems parents face in connecting and dealing with teenagers, and the realization that not all "monsters" are on police department wanted lists.
Detectives Kovac and Liska are somewhat stereotypical with the requisite number of "road-blocks" hampering their investigation. The multiple story lines are relatively easy to follow and provide an easy but nevertheless stimulating read. If you are a reader of suspense/thrillers, THE 9th GIRL should be right up your alley.