THE 9TH GIRL
After a completing an ‘80s-set trilogy, suspense maven Hoag returns to the present and brings back the fan-fave duo Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska. Themes of bullying, loneliness and teens’ need for acceptance permeate this dark and disturbing tale. Hoag’s talent for weaving action, dramatic themes and intense characterization is second to none!
On New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a limo driver is horrified when the body of a teen with half her face melted away pops out of the trunk of the car ahead of him. Homicide detectives Kovac and Liska must identify the girl dubbed “Zombie Doe” and discover who brutalized her. They’re not sure if this is a stand-alone crime, or part of a serial killer’s rampage. As they track down clues, Liska is disturbed to find that the trail leads to the school her own son attends. (DUTTON, Jun., 416 pp., $26.95)