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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill of a thriller!
I first heard of Night Sins when I saw it on BBC as a two part thriller. It was absolutely brilliant but since, after contacting the BBC, I found it was not available in video format, I opted for the book. It is a good as the film, which I might add, was followed almost to the word by the T.V. series. A great book, even if it is a little long. Buy it, you are guranteed a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trapped in a rubber room with a good view
Unlike some other reviewers, I don't object to the way Tami Hoag ends "Night Sins". When you write vividly enough to describe an unhinged Catholic deacon as "a few beads short of a Rosary," observe that your protagonist has hair "the color of Cherry Coke," and dismiss late-night TV as a haven for infomercials about "spray-on hair,"...
Published on 29 July 1997


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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill of a thriller!, 3 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Night Sins (Paperback)
I first heard of Night Sins when I saw it on BBC as a two part thriller. It was absolutely brilliant but since, after contacting the BBC, I found it was not available in video format, I opted for the book. It is a good as the film, which I might add, was followed almost to the word by the T.V. series. A great book, even if it is a little long. Buy it, you are guranteed a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ - MUST BUY, 31 Oct. 2001
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This review is from: Night Sins (Paperback)
I got recommended Tami Hoag, as a mix of Patricia Conwell and Barbara Taylor Bradford. This is not far off. Each book has the same principle, hard female character battling against the world, and a strong male character, sex and relationship will they won't they, as well as the plot on the dark side of crime. And Night Sins is no exception. I had about 4 or 5 characters that I thought may have kidnapped Josh, but the twist at the end WOW! And when you get to the end, their is a sequal, must read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a great read!, 30 Sept. 2000
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This book is truly great, a fantastic twist I could'nt put the book down,every time I turned the page there was a new suspect a new twist,what a great ending! I went stright out to buy guilty as sin,what a twist! can't wait for the next one,carry on with the great writing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An extremely well written thriller with real characters, 16 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Night Sins (Paperback)
This is one of the best written (in a literary sense) thrillers I have ever read
Normally I am able to scan through the light prose of a thriller at lightning speed, but the
construction here forces you to pay attention and it is worth the effort.
Her depth of perception and the analogies and similies are a joy and she has a way of describing people and things that makes you not realize that that's what she's doing. Most other writers are painfully obvious about descriptions and it's almost embarrassing.
The characters are built up over time, but all are real without a cardboard cut-out among them. They all have faults, some terminal. The plot is realistic but is a bit tame for such a long thriller.
She keeps good track of a large cast and makes you care about the people and the outcomes, but the book is too long as she starts to repeat themes in the last half and nothing else happens.
The theme of how hard it is for a woman in a man's world is done to death and you feel like strangling Megan the next time she bitches about it: the writer needs to learn less is more!
The denouement is disappointing. We don't learn what has been happening, who else was involved and are left with little explanation. Why do writers spend 500 pages building up to a climax and then spoil all the tension by rushing through the climax in one page?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trapped in a rubber room with a good view, 29 July 1997
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This review is from: Night Sins (Deer Lake) (Mass Market Paperback)
Unlike some other reviewers, I don't object to the way Tami Hoag ends "Night Sins". When you write vividly enough to describe an unhinged Catholic deacon as "a few beads short of a Rosary," observe that your protagonist has hair "the color of Cherry Coke," and dismiss late-night TV as a haven for infomercials about "spray-on hair," you've earned the right to take chances. Hoag is also quite good at rendering the different kinds of anguish suffered by the parents of an abducted child. But she's too enamored with the inner lives of her cops. We know the cops are attracted to each other and not as tough as they seem because Hoag stresses those points in what must be every third scene. Megan's bluster soon became as cliched for me as the "silky, dangerous voice" and piercing looks favored by Mitch. True love in two weeks. Jeepers! No wonder CBS bought TV rights for this. It's a sure sign of trouble when your favorite character in a story is neither protagonist nor antagonist. Mitch and Megan can have their soap opera. I'd want Natalie, administrative aide to the chief of police, as my neighbor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars awful characters but a taut, well-crafted plot, 29 Oct. 1998
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Plot alone earns all three stars. There were moments when I read this book that I literally moaned "this is so TERRIBLE" out loud. The two main characters are just terrible: how can such undisciplined hot heads hold responsible positions in the law enforcement community? The villian just doesn't make any sense: he's killing other kids at eight, but just kidnaps the little boy for the sheer fun of holding the kid long enough to be caught? No way. Read the serial killer literature to get just a little sense of where this guy would really have been headed. Margaret Mitchell used the smoldering sexual tension between her characters with magnificent artistry. Hoag just makes her cops look incompetent, juvenile, and utterly foolish. And jeez, isn't Mitch kind of sleezy, basically pawing at her and drooling on her with a few loutish compliments thrown in as his excuse for "charm." And he does this after challenging her professional competence at every turn; and, Hoag demands, we're supposed to think she likes this degradation. Plot alone carries this one. Nothing else here to admire or even like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From one Minnesotan to another - great job Tami!, 28 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Night Sins (Deer Lake) (Mass Market Paperback)
This was my first Tami Hoag novel and was quite surprised she is from Minnesota as well as I. So this made the reading more interesting because I could relate to the way the story played out in a Minnesota winter (loved the time and temp readings at the beginning of each section). It's also fun to pick out names of local places and references to the Twin Cities. I felt the story itself moved well, but it did drag in a few places. I came to like and respect Megan O'Malley and Mitch Holt for who they were and who they wanted to become. I specially liked the catfights between Megan and the reporter Paige.
I don't necessarily consider this story a thriller , but more of a mystery drama. I would like to read the sequel Guilty As Sin as well as other Hoag novels to gain more of a feel for Tami Hoag's writing. So far it works and I suggest you read this book on a hot summer day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Them Coming Tami!!!, 3 May 1997
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A rating of "10" hardly does this book justice. I believe it's one of the best I've read!! (I read approx. one book per week)! This is definitely a book you will want to read in one day! Tami keeps you in suspense throughout the entire book - to the end and beyond. My friends at work and I have recently acquired the book - a few have seen the movie based on Night Sins. We have done nothing but discuss this story - I could have read it in one day! (I read it in two!) It's not often you find an author who can keep you in suspense with a truly believable storyline and characters that are real in your mind - Tami Hoag was able to accomplish that and more. I just began Guilty as Sin - it already sounds wonderful! There are very few "truly gifted suspense authors" - Tami Hoag has not only accomplished this goal, but has surpassed it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING THRILLER, 6 April 1997
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This review is from: Night Sins (Deer Lake) (Mass Market Paperback)
It has been quite a while that a book has come along which not only kept me glued to my seat, but sent me on a search for every other Tami Hoag book in print. The characters in Night Sins were totally believable and identifiable. I especially developed a great affinity with one of the lead characters Agent Megan O'Malley.The story line was one that brought every human emotion into play. The search for the young child Josh created the cold dark terror that only a parent can know. You agonize every step of the way with Josh's parents because everything appears so real.This book was made into a T.V. mini-series and rightly so. Tami Hoag deserves many accolades for this incredible heart stopping book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 29 Sept. 2008
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First time I have read a Tami Hoag book, and was completely enthralled, the characters were so real, Mitch and Megan had me rooted to the book, and I so wanted to shout at Hannah that her husband was cheating on her, and thats the one thing that disappointed me they didn't deal with where Paul was during the kidnapping! I am hoping that it is going to come out in the second book I think although you have read a book the story has been so left open that the second one is going to keep you mesmerised and answer so many questions that this book left open, a very clever piece of writing which makes you need to read the next edition! I will be reading alot more of Tami's books!
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