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A murder from the past. A murder from the present. And a life that was never meant to be....
As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless. After moving to the cold case squad in order to spend more time with her sons, she misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter, the sense of urgency of hunting a murderer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac. Sam is having an even harder time adjusting to Nikki's absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than pieces of Sam's wardrobe. Sam is distracted from his troubles by an especially brutal double homicide: a middle-aged husband and wife bludgeoned and hacked to death in their home with a ceremonial Japanese samurai sword. Nikki's case, the unsolved murder of a family man, community leader, and decorated sex crimes detective for the Minneapolis PD, is less of a distraction: twenty years later, there is little hope for finding the killer who got away.
On the other end of the spectrum, Minneapolis resident Evi Burke has a life she only dreamed of as a kid in and out of foster homes: a beautiful home, a family, people who love her, a fulfilling job. Little does she know that a danger from her past is stalking her perfect present. A danger powerful enough to pull in both Kovac and Liska and destroy the perfect life she was never meant to have.
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By Sires on 01-24-16
Another Tami Hoag Problem Novel
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 with 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.
I'm very disappointed.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
By Sophia S. on 01-16-16
Not as good as previous books
This story feels rushed, and the coincidences are way to far fetched. Trying to tie Liska and Kovach together like this didn't work for me. I like the new partner. Maybe he needs his own series of books?
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By francesca conradie on 03-14-17
Rollicking good story
I was gripped by the story, the first Tami Hoag
I have read. But why does the male reader make all women sound like childish breathy hookers
By Polly43 on 10-27-16
Another brilliant story from Tami Hoag
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was well plan and kept you waiting until the very end to see 'who dunnit'.