The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag
Another book on loan from the library. I have read and collected Hoag books previously, but this one will be a sweep it. Or since I borrowed it from the library I will return it and not seek my own copy of it. While it had all the ingredients for a great tale it was too slow in pace to prevent me wondering half way through if I had to actually finish it. For the sake of my review, I did wade through the meandering plot to the end but it did not really improve through doing so.
The topics of child abuse, sexual predators, mother and child relationships, murder and serial killers usually make for a fast paced tale that leaves the reader unsure of who the bad guy is. This story had the ingredients for empathy with the victims and hate for the perpetrators but it was found lacking in the telling.
The 9th Girl is the 4th outing of Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska but I will not be looking for the first 3 or any that might follow. it just doesn’t work as a story for me, I got bored. Or maybe, since this is a story of the societal outcast, I am doing to the book what happened to the young girl in the story and putting it outside of my acceptable reads. I just know I didn’t like it