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review 2018-03-27 17:47
Ashes to Ashes - Tami Hoag

The newspapers call him the cremator, he kills women in violent ways and then burns the bodies, it has been getting marginal press because he has been killing prostitutes up to this but the third victim, that they know of, is the daughter of a powerful man and things start to get messy for the investigators. They also have a witness who is unreliable and dealing with her own demons. Advocate Kate Conlan is trying to deal with all this and the investigation, but the killer seems to have a strange interest in her.

It's an interesting read with characters that really came to life for me and I'm curious where things will go from here with the series.

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review 2018-03-27 17:16
Cold Cold Heart - Tami Hoag

This one made me jump several times, I enjoyed the story of a woman dealing with brain trauma as the result of being attacked by a serial killer (and that sentence makes me a little scared of me). Dana Nolan had a promising career as a TV reporter when a serial killer interrupts everything. She kills him to survive and this is where the story begins. Now she has to deal with brain damage and moving home. She starts to look at her former self, curious about the past and stumbles on the mystery that was her friend. When they graduated high school her friend disappeared and it's all a huge mystery that she can't believe she hasn't investigated before this. She's back with friends and family and other people with issues, including her friend's ex-boyfriend who has survived the army and now his PTSD is causing him problems too.

A compelling listen.

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review 2018-01-16 17:01
First Kovac and Liska Book
Ashes to Ashes - Tami Hoag

Even though this is called the first Kovac and Liska book it's really not. The book focuses on Kate Conlan who is a former FBI agent and her former lover Special Agent John Quinn. These two do appear in "Ashes to Ashes" but after that, I can't even remember if we see them again. This is a pretty good start to the series that stars Kovac and Liska. not everything is going to involve serial killers though, some of it just involves terrible people doing horrible things to someone else. I did love the dialogue in this one and the ending was really good. 


So I finally finished "Mindhunter" the other day and started going back through my Hoag backlist. She did a really good job with the mystery/thriller aspect of this, while also including profiling in this. 


Kate Conlan is now a crime victim's right advocate. Living in Minneapolis now, she hopes to recover from her broken marriage. When she is called in to deal with a young woman who may be a potential target of a serial killer due to what she saw. The FBI is called in, and there enters John Quinn who is a profiler. Due to their past with each other there's some friction. Quinn is also dealing with the fact the local police are not exactly welcoming at first. Or let's say Kovac is not at first. Liska weirdly keeps hitting/flirting with him or whatever that was. You realize that in the next book, Kovac had a thing for Kate Conlan who he often says resembles Rene Russo. I do wonder what would have happened if Hoag pushed things along more in that line.  


I did like Kate a lot and wish she show up in future books. She's great at her job and has an overbearing and gross boss. John annoyed me a bit here and there with regards to Kate. 


I did like the team aspect when we get down into the local police. Kovac and Liksa complement each other and I can see why Hoag kept writing about them. They may not be in this story as much, but what we do see makes you yearn for more. 


We also get into the "mind" of the serial killer in this book called "The Cremator". 


The writing was really good and the flow works from beginning to end.

The setting of Minneapolis seems bigger than what I always thought it would look like if I ever went there in real life. We get a lot of local politics happening in this one too. 


I did love the ending in this one and have to say that the reveal was very well done. 

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review 2017-11-27 16:20
What a Weird Book
A Thin Dark Line - Tami Hoag

What a weird book.

This doesn't even read like a Tami Hoag book. The main plot is a mess (investigating assault and murders of women) with multiple character POVs. I don't get the romance between Annie Broussard or Nick Fourcade. The setting of Louisiana could have been interesting, but ultimately fell flat. I just couldn't get behind Nick being an abusive police officer and Annie getting harassed by her fellow officers for daring to do the right thing.

I forgot I had "A Thin Dark Line" until I started rummaging through my bookshelves. I honestly didn't recall a thing about this book either so even though I had this book for years, nothing came back to me as I reread this.

Annie Broussard is a deputy looking to eventually become a detective. She finds herself fascinated by Nick Fourcade who is a loose cannon on the force. When Nick lashes out at a suspect, Annie steps on to stop the assault. This leaves Annie with a man who becomes obsessed with her. Nick also becomes obsessed with Annie initially thinking she is part of some conspiracy to ruin him.

I didn't really like any male in this book. Annie deserved better than Nick. In the end I think we're supposed to think Annie will keep Nick on the straight and narrow. Annie is put in danger repeatedly by her fellow officers and gets crapped on. She has an old flame try to tell her what to do and push his feelings on her. Maybe if Annie had a strong female relationship it would have helped balanced the overly masculine POVs.

I didn't believe the person who ended up being the suspect. It just read as false and something to throw out there. And I hated how things ultimately got wrapped up.

The writing was so so since we had multiple POVs. And we had Annie investigating and being harassed and Nick barely doing a thing it felt like. The flow was off. I found myself getting bored at parts. There were so many red herrings in this I just didn't even care at the end who was responsible for what.

I read this cause Hoag has a new book coming out that is a continuance of this series. Hopefully it's better than this.

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text 2017-11-25 15:56
Reading progress update: I've read 162 out of 592 pages.
A Thin Dark Line - Tami Hoag

Good grief this book is nuts.


Deputy Annie Broussard is having a bad time. Wanting in on a murder case she runs into Detective Nick Fourcade getting into a nice drunk. When she comes across Nick besting a suspect she arrests him. Everyone on the force turns on Annie and now Nick has broken into her home and accused her of being part of some conspiracy against him. Oh and he acts like he's going to kiss her and she's attracted to him. Girl no!


Annie is dealing with a childhood friend who was the to rekindle their relationship, another detective angry she wants nothing to do with him, and a murder suspect that is obsessed with her. 


Why Annie is even trying to keep working while being threatened by her fellow officers baffles me. And her being attracted to a man who broke into her home and threatened her?


Right now don't see how the rapes tie into this.



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