Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag (audio)

Title: The Bitter Season
Author: Tami Hoag
Series: Kovac & Liska, #5
Narrator: David Colacci
Published: January 2016, Brilliance Audio
Length: 13 hours 47 minutes
Source: Publisher


#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.

My thoughts: This is the latest book in Tami Hoag's Kovac and Liska series and I really like this series. Tami Hoag is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I jumped at the opportunity to read and review this latest one.

I love Kovac and Liska and love how they work together. Even though they are no longer partners - Liska has moved to the cold case department in order to have more regular hours and be able to spend more time with her sons - they end up working their respective cases side-by-side. That is, until it seems that these two unrelated cases just might be related after all.

What I love about this series is that nothing is as it appears. Tami Hoag does a great job of taking what you think are separate threads and weaving them together into a complicated and intricate plot so tight that when you are finished with the book, you are left amazed. The twists and turns are are plausible and she is able to take two murders, twenty-five years apart, and connect them in a way that is completely believable. 
This was a great installment to this series and the ending was not what I expected. I thought I had figured out the bad guy a few times, but was wrong. There's never a dull moment in these books and I cannot wait to see what Tami Hoag has in store next for Kovac and Liska...I just hope we don't have to wait too long!
Audio thoughts:
I really enjoy listening to David Colacci narrate this series...he just does such a great job with the voices - even the female ones! He's pretty consistent from book to book and the pacing and tension he adds when the scene warrants is great. I really wish Brilliance Audio would re-release Prior Bad Acts and have David Colacci narrate it so I could be caught up with this series! I'm holding out hope that it's going to happen one of these days!!!

Books in this series:
1.   Ashes to Ashes
       2.   Dust to Dust
       3.   Prior Bad Acts
       3.5   The 1st Victim
       4.   The 9th Girl

       5.   The Bitter Season    


  1. I am glad I got this one in audio! Looking forward to listening.

  2. I've read a couple of Hoag's books but I don't think I've read this series. It sounds like I'm definitely missing out! I'll have to look for an audio copy of this one. I love a good narrator!

  3. Kristin, audio seems a very good fit for this book! I am glad you enjoyed it. I haven't read anything by this best-selling author yet.

  4. This sounds very good. I still havent read anything by this author.

  5. I haven't tried this author before. Now she is via the first of this series. Thanks for exposing me to this book.


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