The story line had a lot of potential for a master piece. However, call it artistic or whatever, the book was damn difficult to read. Yvonne jumped alThe story line had a lot of potential for a master piece. However, call it artistic or whatever, the book was damn difficult to read. Yvonne jumped all over without warning, leaving the reader wondering where she or he was at.
I think the book was raising an awareness about Kenya, with special reference to the ideal Kenya that The murdered Mr. Mboya sacrificed for, and the current mess the country finds itself into, in the hands of current politicians. The fictitious story around which the story was based consisted of various people, each with a different character. My analysis of the characters was as follows: 1. They all suffered injustices one way or the other, but I think Nyipir suffered the most. 2. Akai-ma was too free spirited and had no responsible bone in her body. 3. Odidi was an idealist and I identified with him in many ways. 4. Galgalu was the most loyal person ever. 5. Petrus was the most evil, while the trader was the most fascinating.
Believe it or not, there were many similarities between Akai - ma and her daughter Ajany e.g 1. They were both born hot ( whatever that means). 2. They both lacked their mother's love and support. 3. They had "jungle fever". 4. They couldn't face reality and always opted for fleeing the situation.
Yes, there were many questions the author left un-answered, which got me wondering, e.g: 1. Who really killed Mr. Moyà? 2. Who killed Odidi? 3. Who is Isiaih biological father? 4. Was Odidi really Justine's baby's father?
I appreciated the suspense but the writing style , though artistic and poetic, killed the book. ...more
The book addresses the importance of prayer and strongly emphasizes that everything must be prayed for. The author is however too authoritative in putThe book addresses the importance of prayer and strongly emphasizes that everything must be prayed for. The author is however too authoritative in putting her message across, to the dislike of others like me. She softens up a bit towards the end and I could relate to the examples she was giving. The prayer examples she gives at the end are profound....more
The book was a perfect thriller and suspense, written from the point of view of the author. She used an informal style of writTHE 9TH GIRL – Tami Hoag
The book was a perfect thriller and suspense, written from the point of view of the author. She used an informal style of writing, lots of insults, which all befitted the environment she was tapping into. The author's intentions and scope of the book were clear in the beginning. I couldn’t see any limitations, and no important aspects about the subjects were left out.
The author moved from one story to the other, thus not boring the readers with a continuous account of one side of the story, thus keeping them in perfect suspense.
Even though the story was about a homicide investigation, it also highlighted important aspects about the youth and peer pressure, parenting and relationships.
Kovac and Liska were the main characters (homicide investigators), with credible credentials for what they did, given the long service and their lifestyles, not forgetting the vulgar language they used. The author kept it real by portraying them as real life cops, who got tangled in a difficult case and were subjected to the frustrations of not being able to crack it.
I personally loved Quinn the analyst, or maybe I had a crush on him. His good looks and proficiency in his work made him irresistible. Gray’s character made me uncomfortable and I didn’t particularly like her poems, for I found them dull and dry, but I could definitely sense the trouble in them. Christina and Aaron are every normal kid’s nightmare, and I could just imagine how the end could have affected them. Kyle was too good to be true, but maybe not, given his little secret with Brittany and Gray.
Many working mothers like myself can relate to Liska, since they struggle with striking a balance between work and family. The characters were real and the story is set in the modern days where there are web based social media through which people interact, and expressing oneself with a form of art or appearance is not frowned upon anymore. The pressures faced by all characters in the story were also modern day problems familiar to many of us. Like Liska, I have personally felt love for my kids and guilt for not spending enough time with them.
The entire analysis of evidence and characters interviewed was intriguing to me. I loved those parts. I didn’t particularly like accounts of what was happening at school, even though they were an integral part of the story.
If I could change something about the book, it would be the inclusion of an insert where Christina and Aaron got what they deserved and Kovac revisits his past literally, not only in thoughts.
The 9th girl was a hero, even though at the highest price imaginable. It is scary to think that society indeed has sick people like the culprits in this book. ...more
I have never read anything more shocking than this. I need counseling just from having read the ultra disturbing contents of this book. May the sufferI have never read anything more shocking than this. I need counseling just from having read the ultra disturbing contents of this book. May the suffering of all children be no more, and may all perpetrators of crimes against children be apprehended and punished early. God save the children.
I believe Dave, and admire him for gathering his thoughts and telling his story. Many who have suffered like or less than him have decided to shut down the memories all together. Through Dave's story, the world is reminded that no evil is beyond human comprehension, ability and execution. Wrtting this story must have been one of the major break throughs in his recovery and making sense of the world.
Dave's mother was undoubtedly she devil herself, and a severe psychiatric case. Where to classify Dave's father is my biggest dilemma. The man was an accomplice and guilty as hell too.
I am surprised at the youngerer sibling's daring denial of what Dave went through. They were younger, and in most instances the atrocieties happend while they were away or out of site.
Why authorities always take so long to intevene is a question the answer to which I am yet to receive.
There are many children called IT out there, some because they dare question their parent's unacceptable behaviour, are gay, transgender or hemaphrodites, mentally and physically challeged, or not performing according to their parent's expectations. These children are physically, sexually and emotionally battered. Let us tune in all our senses and put such evils to a permanent stop.