The Gingerbread Man Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001
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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.
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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.
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!
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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great book you just want to turn the pages to find out what happens next. The storyline does keep you on your toes as there are a lot of twists and turns, read this book quite... Read morePublished 7 days ago by foxypop
Really enjoyed this thriller. I had worked out part of it early on but it still holds some surprises. Will certainly read more by the author.Published 12 days ago by sarah hardy
I enjoyed this very much however the ending was I felt
pretty predictable which is why only 4 stars. Definately would recommend it though..
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