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Gingerbread Man: The Ivy Newman Story (A Brown and de Luca Novel Book 8) (English Edition) Kindle版
From Publishers Weekly
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USA Today bestselling author Maggie Shayne unveils the dark side of romance in this gripping novel of contemporary suspense...
Desperate to solve the most difficult case of his career, Detective Vincent O'Mally travels to a small town in upstate New York, where he meets beautiful, haunted Holly Newman-and attempts to unearth the clues hidden deep in her mind.
(Jayne Ann Krentz)
"Rich, sensual, and bewitching." (Publishers Weekly)
- ASIN : B00EHI1MDK
- 発売日 : 2013/8/11
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 1155 KB
- 同時に利用できる端末数 : 無制限
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 340ページ
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 2,321,100位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
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!! - Spoiler alert:
I got a bit confused by the timeline of the story. If I'd missed the bit about the girl's age, then I apologise. I must've missed the bit where it says how old Holly was when Ivy was kidnapped. Even so, I'm guessing Holly could be anything between 10 - 14 (because she's showing interest in boys), but if Ivy was 3 years younger, then Ivy could've been 7 - 11.. Oh who knows.
Anyway, if I'd been separated from my only sister for 15-20 years, I would still recognise her after 15-20 years. A person's face never changes so much that they're unrecognisable, especially by close family members. I found this point in the story a little hard to believe.
It may be partly my fault as I downloaded it way back in August 2013 (!!) but Amazon are supposed to update books in your library as they get re-issued and if it has been since that date then they need to look at it again.
Here we go with the litany of errors I managed to spot and it seems the publisher clearly overlooked. She writes "...these arc my children", I recorded 10 missed fullstops which is pretty atrocious. A hyphen suddenly got added to the name Gray-cloud when before and after it was Graycloud. Then we lost a comma in this sentence-"....don't interrupt Vince"......it wore me down.
As I say, the story was one I was enjoying but for me it's also all in the presentation.
Kids getting kidnapped and killed / Cop with psychological problems / Small town where nothing bad ever happens / Woman with psychological problems / bizarre coincidences relating to said woman / blossoming relationship between psych problem man and psych problem woman / possible suspect that is too guilty looking to be guilty / twists that are so naff that you can see what's going to happen way in advance / mad rush before the next kid dies / sharp intake of breath (unless you predicted who it was ages before) as the killer is revealed... and so on... it's just sooooo predictable.
It's not a particularly "bad" book, it's actually fairly enjoyable in a cheesey way. I found myself imagining it being played out as a straight to TV movie with bad acting and poor production values. There was no tension, no suspense, no surprise at cleverly placed twists. It was too predictable for any of that to be given a chance.
It's OK, but extremely forgettable.