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The Gingerbread Man Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Jove Books (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739421476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739421475
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (763 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,116,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good story, likeable characters, but really slow in some places. No gore, although I still wouldn't recommend it for people who are overly sensitive.

After the murder of two children, Detective Vince O'Mally is given the choice to see a psychiatrist on a daily basis or take time off. He decides instead to go to a back water town in the middle of nowhere based on a tenuous lead he found at the crime scene. When he gets there, he meets a girl who's a bit odd and "delicate". He has a gut feeling that she's somehow involved and carries on following her around.

At this point, there's a slightly out of place "Killer Monologue". You can guess who the killer is here, because there's only a handful of people who could possibly know why Vince is in town.

After this, nothing much happens besides a bit of romancing, some not-quite-kisses, lying together naked, hanging out and walking about. I accept that Maggie Shayne is trying to develop the relationship between the two characters, but it gets a bit too much. Some passages actually reminded me of the Twilight book, with the "must resist her" theme running through it.

Around 50% of the way through, stuff starts to happen! Hurray, you say! There's a party, scary old man, there's hysteria, screaming kids, panic .... then.... it slows down again, and nothing happens for a while /sigh.

There's a few pages here, where everyone starts referring to one of the women in the story as "child". It reminded me of actress Loretta Devine, and becomes quite distracting.

Then the grand finale! No build up, no tension whatsoever. It ended so prematurely, I was disappointed.

Nice story overall, bit too romantic. Needs a bit more pace and tension overall to be thrilling.

WARNING!!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an unusual book for Maggie Shayne as it does not focus on the paranormal as much as most of her others do. However this does not detract anything at all from this book.It is a tense,very well written thriller which focuses on a serial killer who leaves no clues,and is driving the police crazy, until a homeless man sees him leaving the building of his latest killing spree.
What follows is an emotional rollercoaster as you realise that this man not only kills very young children but keeps them for several weeks before disposing of the bodies. Even the toughest cops have a hard time dealing with the desecration that they find in the house. A clue is found among the debris in the derelict building which happens to be the childrens book 'the gingerbread man'. This in turn leads to a whole new line for the story to follow,which takes you back many years into the past.
This is a fantastic book which will keep you turning pages rapidly.If you have never read a Maggie Shayne book this would be a good starter, if you know Maggie's work well you won't be surprised at how good this is .I would highly recommend this book to everyone, go and buy it !You will not be disappointed.
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After reading the other reviews on this book I decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed it, it was thrilling and kept me wanting to read more, I ended up reading late into the night trying to work out the guilty party and was wrong in my conclusion.
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It started out as being good. The characters seemed interesting, the plot could go anywhere... But those characters didn't grow, and the plot went exactly where I figured it would; with a random crude sex scene halfway through that didn't add anything to the plot whatsoever.
Maybe it's because I'm not old enough to appreciate it - I don't have children of my own - but I didn't feel much of anything for the characters. There wasn't any reason to root for them, they weren't all that likeable. Plus there were a few too many 'damaged' women wandering around breathing into paper bags and getting sedated. Or at least that's how I felt about it.
As for the twist (there's only one); it was pretty damn predictable. It might have been good if I didn't see it coming six weeks before the characters did!
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Enjoyed this story even though it's about child abuse and child murder. Sisters Holly and Ivy (yes really! explanation in the story) are ripped apart when very young when Ivy is abducted by an unknown predator. Vince while working on a case of the murder of two youngsters whose bodies are discovered in Syracuse is put on forced leave by his boss. Fragile Holly and obsessed Vince come together and you can guess that part of the story. This tale is a little far-fetched but the most irritating thing (hence 4 stars not 5) is that the story ends quite neatly at 80% in the book. This means that the next 20% is a preview another story. Most annoying.
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I read it in one sitting and it wasn't too bad (I've read worse). Agree with a lot of reviewers that some of the writing was simplistic/stilted and I also couldn't understand how some of the plot hung together. Things that were glaringly obvious to me didn't seem to occur the this "great cop". At around 60% I guessed the who the child killer was and what Amanda's secret was. So more work needed there.

Did start to get a bit irritated though by the descriptions of women "just holding it together".

But it was 75p and it occupied me on a cold afternoon.
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