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The Boy

By: Tami Hoag
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (663 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

An unfathomable loss or an unthinkable crime? #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag keeps you guessing in her most harrowing thriller yet.

A panic-stricken woman runs in the dead of night, battered and bloodied, desperate to find help....

When detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he’s ever seen. Genevieve’s seven-year-old son, KJ, has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick’s wife, detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through, but as a detective she’s troubled by a story that makes little sense. Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind?

When the very next day KJ’s sometimes babysitter, twelve-year-old Nora Florette, is reported missing, the town is up in arms, fearing a maniac is preying on their children. With pressure mounting from a tough, no-nonsense new sheriff, the media, and the parents of Bayou Breaux, Nick and Annie dig deep into the dual mysteries. But sifting through Genevieve Gauthier’s tangled web of lovers and sorting through a cast of local lowlifes brings more questions than answers. Is someone from Genevieve’s past or present responsible for the death of her son? Is the missing teenager, Nora, a victim, or something worse? Then everything changes when Genevieve's past as a convicted criminal comes to light.

The spotlight falls heavily on the grieving mother who is both victim and accused. Could she have killed her own child to free herself of the burden of motherhood, or is the loss of her beloved boy pushing her to the edge of insanity? Could she have something to do with the disappearance of Nora Florette, or is the troubled sitter the key to the murder? How far will Nick and Annie have to go to uncover the dark truth of the boy?

©2018 Tami Hoag (P)2018 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Like watching dominos...

As a long time fan of Tami Hoag, I've been looking forward to the release of this book. Although I enjoyed the story I don't think this is one of Hoag's best.
The book starts out with the murder of a young boy, his mother fleeing from her life (and to try to get help). I thought the book started getting bogged down with the initial investigation. Then about 1/2 way through the tension ratcheted back up again and maintained a taut storyline with unexpected twists and turns right up to the end.
The characters are fleshed out, including a stepford wife or two, a sheriff who take his power too seriously and a family who lives in too much fear of consequences
Hillary Huber does a thoroughly outstanding job narrating especially Nick's French accent.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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55 of 55 people found this review helpful

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Good but ...

The story was good and kept me guessing. However it was a bit too long. If I could have I would have rated it 3 1/2 stars. The characters were well rounded and the narration was good and it was impressive how she switched between her voice and the characters rendition. However the hitch was the accents especially the foreign accent which unfortunately happened to be a main character was really grating. She was for the most part she was subtle with the southern accents until she went all ‘gone with the wind’. But that foreign accent was like nails + chalkboard! I’m still not sure if it was supposed to be cajun or he was a Frenchman. This one would probably be best read vs listened to.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Great work!

I did not expect that ending! I couldn't stop listening. Every time I thought I knew who did it I was left wrong and surprised!

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Normally a good narrator but...

If you are going to narrate a book with a lot of Cajun patois, you better be able to do it properly or it spoils the story. Terrible narration of the beautiful, mellifluous Cajun accent. For the rest, narration was good. I didn’t appreciate the story as much as I normally do for this author.

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It was okay....

It was a pretty good book but did not like the Cajun narration. It sounded like a 50 year old woman who smoked three packs of cigarettes a day, not a mysterious Cajun man. Also, was any else annoyed with how the fiancé got the better of the detective 3 or 4 times? Seriously?

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Too Dark

I like several Tami Hoag books but this one is too dark. The narrators are great but the story is too dark for me.

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I enjoyed this book

This book kepts me guessing all the way through. well thought out plot good characters and a great narrator. if you like a juicy murder mystery this book is for you. My problem now is finding an equally good book.

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horrible attempt at an accent!

great story but I can’t get over the horrible attempt at a southern accent ! couldn’t even get into it .... the story is great so i’ll grab it in paperback but will not listen to another second

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Becky B

Excellent story, kept the suspense throughout the whole book. can't wait to read the next.

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I'd Recommend it

I enjoyed this book. It has many twist and turns, although they take a while to come.
Hillary Huber gave each character a distinct tone so once you meet a new character you will recognize their voice next time they appear. I thought the characters were clearly defined by the voice acting and Tami Hoag's writing allowed me to connect with most of them.
Overall, this book did grab my attention. Albeit slow paced, while listening you'll probably think "oh, he did it! oh no she did it! oh no, its that other person!" but those moments take some time to get to. And the ending... Well, you'll have to check it out.

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  • Claire Beattie
  • 01-07-19

couldn't cope with the narrator

I struggled till chapter 5 but I'm afraid I will have to return this and just buy a hard copy because as much as the blurb intrigues me to want to read the story I cannot stand the bland tone if the narrator. it just doesn't feel like she is telling the story, just reading the lines in quite a monotone way which makes it hard to get to that stage where you get absorbed into the world the story is trying to portray. Sorry, but don't waste a credit, if you want to read the story buy a hard copy instead.

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  • Emma Crowe
  • 02-05-19

good twist

struggled at the start of the book due to the narration as felt it was a little fast however the story was good and soon gripped my attention. great listen.

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  • miss
  • 01-31-19

great

really enjoyed this book great narration good story would recommend clear characters which made the book easy to follow

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  • corrine g
  • 01-20-19

The boy

I have read most of tami hoags books and I always love them. This Audible book was great the narrator was easy to listen to which helps. I look forward to the next hopefully not to long.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-13-19

The boy: Mysterious and Intriguing

A great story, that kept me listening and wanting to know the answers to the mysteries of the story.

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  • DebManning
  • 01-09-19

A perfect pair

I loved the 2 main characters is this book . A smart sexy Frenchman
and his equally smart wife. Can't wait to read more about this pair

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  • Tahlia
  • 02-11-19

Entertaining

While I enjoyed this book, I found the mid west accents slightly annoying even though I realise this is part of it all.