A tough-minded investigator on her first, make-or-break case…A local cop who fears that big-city evils have come to stalk his small-town home...Together they are hunting for a madman who knows no bounds, to protect a town that may never feel safe again.
©2012 Tami Hoag (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Tami Hoag is the queen of the crime story.” (New York Post)
It would have but I listened to the 2 books backwards - I listened to Guilty as Sin first - didn't know there was a first part to it as the books should be a series.
I always like listening to her
Very good book but there is a second one - Guilty as Sin - listen to this one first...
I held off getting this book because of some of the review, and I can agree that the sex in this book does feel misplaced. I'm not a prude about hearing sex, but this definitely took some of the shine off the story, hence the 4 stars instead of 5.
I really like Tami Hoag's writing and her ability to write a suspense thriller is getting better with every book of hers i read/listen too. It's an easy listen, and definitely has that, "i'll drive the long way home" because you wanna hear what happens next!
Night Sins, read by Jennifer Van Dyck, is approximately twenty hours of listening. Too, long, in my opinion. The author could have accomplished as much with two-thirds of the text. The story centers on the abduction of Josh, a little boy in a small Minnesota town. This kidnapping occurs on the same day that a new agent arrives as a replacement. Slamming through a good-old-boy network of cops, our MC is typical of the women of the 90s. Carrying a huge feministic chip on her shoulder, her abrasive attitude is a modus operandi throughout the novel that I personally found annoying.
Originally published in the mid nineties, the feminist attitude is understandable; women in general were pounding against glass ceilings throughout all businesses, and in this novel, in a small town police department. The MC is a bit too caustic in her zeal, however, which makes her an unlikeable character.
The crime story mystery is the most interesting part of the story. A number of suspects float through the tale, including the father of the boy and the local priest. The love story, a relationship between the local chief and the newbie main character, is very forced. Normal people are not quite as volatile with people they love, especially during that initial heart-thumping time of early romance. As written in Night Sins, this affair comes across in phony with contrived dialogue, and includes gratuitous sex scenes adding nothing to the plot. A not-so-bad crime procedural or poorly written artificial romance … not sure.
The reader does a good job, clear diction, etc. A bit coached, I think, to convey the snarky attitude of the MC.
What a cliff hanger ...
Loved the story and characters but the narrator I just could not get into her at all, very dry and blah - however it did not ruin the story !!!
The narrator made it difficult but not impossible to get through this book I found her awkward pauses between words and sentences to be very irritating. She needs to take breathing lessons and learn how to even out her narration. The storyline was well-written and thought out, though I didn't feel the relationship between the two main characters was natural or necessary. I wish ms. Hoag would've devoted more time to Josh's story. The ending felt rushed and too full of loose ends. Where had he been? Who took him? What happened to the accuse f'd case? These issues were never addressed. The team ran around in circles until the very end. For 20 hours, the book still felt unfinished.
I find some of Tami Hoag's books excellent such as her series with Detective Lisa and Kovak as well as the Oak Knoll Series. Loved those and would love to see more of those. I don't particularly like the overly romantic ones. This one was a bit more on the romance side. I liked the story and the narration but would've preferred to see the female character be stronger and not fall right away for the "strong" male character, forgetting all about her own.I'm by no means a prude and I don't mind romance and sex as long as the plot remains the highlight. When I read a thriller or suspense novel I want suspense rather than listening to 3 minutes of every particular second of sexual exploration. As fun as that sounds, after the characters do it for the third time, it gets kind of boring. I find myself fast-forwarding through that.
This is probably a great book but Jennifer Van Dyck is horrible and absolutely made it impossible for me to listen. Get a different narrator and I will try again.
An interesting story and some good twists. I was a bit disappointed in a lot of loose ends left at the end. Also, this novel listens more like a romance than a mystery in some sections.
I love suspense, murder mysteries, psycho thriller books most of all! I listen when not taking classes for my masters degree.
The first time I read this book it was via paperback, which was years ago. After listening to it, it was like I never read it. Tami Hoag is a great writer. I know this was one of her early books and it's actually more of a romance than suspense/murder thriller but it's an awesome combination.
I used to enjoy Tami Hoag's mysteries but this one was awful. I will not use another credit on her.
Leave out the unneeded sexual scenes and stay with the storyline and finish the story.
It would be hard to narrate this story well but the reader made it even harder to bare.
All sex scenes.
"A Third Too Long"
Tami Hoag always produces a book worth reading as they are invariably well written
As far as the crime element of this book it is excellent but, in my opinion, is let down by the detraction of the love interest/sex scenes between the two central characters. This is all rather cliche.
As a whole the book is worth a listen but if you like your crime books to contain only crime/detection then this may not be for you.
The eighteen hours could have been edited down to around twelve and still made an excellent book.
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