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Book Review: The Bitter Season (Kovac and Liska #5) by Tami Hoag

Frankly speaking, I do not like coincidences in a murder mystery which solves on its own, just for the heck of it. I mean detectives do need to put proper efforts, right because how many such coincidences do occur, especially in cold cases.

If the start of the book made you think you were going to miss the chemistry of Kovac and Liska for Liska’s case was cold, very cold, you were so so wrong! Oh, never mind. I am sure reviews are mostly checked out by one who has not yet read a book, I mean, that is my perception and that is what I do. Tell me, am I correct or wrong in the comments below.

Well, rest of the book is good because in books, cold cases are not so cold. And Kovac and Liska are ever more better partners without actually being (can they become life partners? Umm, some relationships are happier just the way it is). And murders are more gruesome, total yuck. And has an unexpected conclusion with innocents (or not so?) getting hurt.

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Book Blurb:


#1 New York Times Bestselling author Tami Hoag returns to the bestselling series of her career with a Kovac and Liska case that will delight fans and new readers alike.

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.

About the author:

Tami Hoag is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide, including her latest thrillers—The Bitter Season, Cold Cold Heart, and The 9th Girl. Hoag first hit the New York Times Bestseller List with Night Sins, and each of her books since has been a bestseller.

Renown for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, Hoag prides herself on her research-based realism, crackling dialogue, and spot-on police procedure. “My first obligation as a writer is to be as true as possible to the characters I’m writing about, to the jobs they do, and to the world they inhabit.” To that end, Hoag has become a crack shot with both hand guns and long guns, studied forensic psychology with top experts in the field, learned to drive a police car in pursuit of bad guys, and developed knockout power in her right hand while cultivating a taste for mixed martial arts fighting.

Tami Hoag lives in the greater Los Angeles area where she is also known as a top competitive equestrian in the Olympic discipline of dressage.

Twitter: @tamihoag

Rating: 7/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name: The Bitter Season
(Kovac and Liska #5)
Author:Tami Hoag
Publication Year:2016
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