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THE GINGERBREAD MAN
by Maggie Shayne

Genre: Romantic Suspense

2001 Best Romantic Suspense Award Winner

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The abduction and murder of the two Prague children is adversely affecting NY Police Detective Vincent OMalley. Despite a forced vacation, Vince follows up on the one obscure lead that his gut is telling him to pursue.

After arriving in the small town of Dilmun, Vincent inadvertently stirs up long smoldering issues. Holly Newman has put her life back together piece by piece. When she was a child, a masked man attacked her and her little sister Ivy. Holly broke free, but Ivy was dragged into a waiting van, never to be seen again.

Vincent suspects that the Prague case and the decades-old Newman case are related, but Holly insists that the man who murdered Ivy confessed and is locked away in prison for life. What if the true killer is not locked away, but still stalking his prey?

This pulse-pounding thriller will keep readers superglued to their seats. Ms. Shayne does an amazing job depicting the terrors, fears and emotional trauma that can stalk survivors of tragedy. An utterly gripping story. (Oct., 336 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Jove

Published: October 2001

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4 Stars

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The Gingerbread Man

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 8, 2013 - 5:48pm.

Detective Vince O'Malley shows up in a small town asking questions about and old library book and kidnapped children. Vince was too involved in the kidnapping/murder investigations in his home town and told to take a vacation. Instead he follows an obscure clue that leads him to Holly Newman. Twenty years ago, Holly saw her little sister, Ivy, kidnapped while walking home from school. Ivy was never seen again. It's taken years for Holly to overcome her guilt and get on with her life. Now when things are going well, Vince is awakening the memories that Holly's mind has kept hidden...memories that may uncover secrets in this small town.

This is the first romantic suspense book I've read by this author. There seemed to be a good balance between the romance and suspense. The heroine suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder which I found a very unique premise. The hero is the usual guy who "doesn't do relationships". But I really didn't buy into their romance. It felt like there was something lacking. I was totally drawn into the suspense portion of the book from the first page. It kept me turning pages, even after I figured out the big secret and who the villain was in the middle of the book. I don't know why the police didn't see it sooner. Maybe they don't read romantic suspense books. ;) My rating: 4 Stars.