This is your typical Maggie Shayne book, TERRIFIC!! I was so shocked at the ending of this story, it blew me away! Not at all who I expected at the end. Maggie Shayne is an excellent writer. I cannot wait for her to write another murder mystery type of book. She writes some great vamp books too.
After promising a distraught mother he'd find her missing children, Detective Vince O'Mally discovers their mutilated corpses in an abandoned house. Tormented by images of the horrific crime scene, Vince is forced to quit the case by his superiors and take a vacation. Instead, Vince heads to Dilmun, a small town in upstate New York, to follow up a seemingly insignificant lead. At the town's tiny police department, Vince meets Holly Newman, a pretty but troubled woman who has never recovered from losing her own sister to a child killer more than twenty years ago. Convinced the cases are connected, Vince pushes Holly to recall long buried memories; in the process, he falls in love with her. With a killer on their trail and another child's abduction augmenting their sense of urgency, Holly and Vince team up with the local police and the FBI to track down the killer.
Average thriller. Beware, though: violence against children and some juicy sex between the adult protagonists. Part of the ending is predictable, but the who-done-it part is a surprise.
Children's book 'the gingerbread man' checked out of the library in 1983 and never returned but years later shows up at a murder crime scene and leads the detective back to murders commited over the years.
Easy read for a rainy day.
This was an EXCELLENT story from Maggie Shayne! This book kept me totally absorbed in the story until the very end. The ending was a surprise shocker!! I read this book within a day for I couldn't stop reading.I would highly recommended reading this book!
Like everything Maggie Shayne writes, this one is riveting and fascinating even when it's tragic and sad. Dark, of course, but worth the reading and to me, it was fundamental to my understanding of the subject matter.
I went through this book quickly. An excellent "who done it book". Kept me guessing the whole time. An excellent page turner.
Fast-paced and interesting. Not surprising, but enjoyable.
Keeps you guessing until the end.
This was a really good book.
I'm reading this for the second time. This story is facinating and complex. A who don it where nearly everone falls under suspicion at on time or another.
Great book! A couple of mysteries going at the same time. A little bit of romance! The culprit took me by surprise!
detective vincent o malley has always been able to remain calm and objective while investigating even the most gruesome of crimes. but when he finds two missing chilkdren dead in an abandoned house hiss well-ordered life turns upside down
Detective Vincent O'Malley has always been able to remain calm and objective while investigating even the most gruesome crimes. But when he finds two missing children dead in an abandoned house, his well-ordered life turns upside down...
When the FBI takes over the case, a traumatized Vince reluctantly agrees to take some time off--but vows to find the murderer on his own. With a piece of the crime-scene evidence to guide his investigation, he travels to a small town in upstate New York, where he meets Holly Newman--a fragile woman whose sister was abducted and killed years ago. Vince is convinced that her sister's death is linked to the recent murders--and that essential clues are hidden deep in Holly's mind. Now, desperate to solve the one case he can't let go, he must find away to reach this lovely, lonely woman--and help her confront the searing memories that have haunted her all these long, painful years.
Really, really good book. The plot keeps you guessing.
This is a fast paced thriller about a dective who finds two dead children in a barn. He makes it his mission to find the killer. He meets a woman along the way that had a sister with links to the case. Good and fast paced!
keeps youn suspense waiting to find the killer before he kills again
this was a good book. I much more prefer the Paranormals that thes Author Writes but I also find myself enjoying this style of book as well. OR I should say her writing this style of book.
One of her best. This book is the reason I started reading this author. she combines suspense with romance to perfection in this one.
Very good. I really zipped through this.
Will keep you guessing!
Great book, could not put it down. Keeps you guessing.
THIS WAS AGREAT BOOK,BOTH OF MY DAUGHTERS READ IT AFTER I FINISHED IT.
Detective Vince O'Malley shows up in a small town asking questions about and old library book and kidnapped children. Vince was too involved in the kidnapping/murder investigations in his home town and told to take a vacation. Instead he follows an obscure clue that leads him to Holly Newman. Twenty years ago, Holly saw her little sister, Ivy, kidnapped while walking home from school. Ivy was never seen again. It's taken years for Holly to overcome her guilt and get on with her life. Now when things are going well, Vince is awakening the memories that Holly's mind has kept hidden...memories that may uncover secrets in this small town.
This is the first romantic suspense book I've read by this author. There seemed to be a good balance between the romance and suspense. The heroine suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder which I found a very unique premise. The hero is the usual guy who "doesn't do relationships". But I really didn't buy into their romance. It felt like there was something lacking. I was totally drawn into the suspense portion of the book from the first page. It kept me turning pages, even after I figured out the big secret and who the villain was in the middle of the book. I don't know why the police didn't see it sooner. Maybe they don't read romantic suspense books. ;) My rating: 4 Stars.