Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne

gingerbread-man-by-maggie-shayneGingerbread Man

By Maggie Shayne

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Summary:

Since the day her baby sister was taken, Holly’s mind hasn’t been the same. PTSD, panic attacks, nightmares and blocked memories have plagued her ever since. And now they’ve returned.

Hard-edged Detective Vince O’Malley’s most recent case penetrated even his protective shell. Ordered to take time off to recover, he can’t let go, and on his own, follows the clues to Holly’s small upstate NY town.

His presence stirs ghosts from the past, shadows of a little girl lost, the suspicions of some tight-lipped locals with secrets to hide, and more than that inside Holly’s fragile mind and untouched heart.

My Review: 

I will never be able to read the children’s story of the Gingerbread Man without thinking of this book again. I usually find this type of book predictable and not really in my genre, but Maggie Shayne did a wonderful job keeping me interested and on the edge of my seat.

It’s a fast paced page turner that I enjoyed mostly every minute of.  I have to admit I didn’t see all the twists and turns coming and the ending was a bit of a surprise.  Holly is a strong woman, who has been thru a very rough time in her life. She’s the girl who got away as her sister got abducted.     As a result she sticks to the plan of her life every day.  You see the day her sister was taken she went a different way home.  She veered off course.  Now she is OCD, and just barely hanging on. That is until Vincent comes to town.

He is a cop on a mission.  He promised a mother he would bring her kids home and he failed.  It was something he never should have done, and now he can’t let it go.  He knows there is something going on with Holly, but when he gets involved he gets in deep.

This is a dark tale and be warned it does evolve the abduction of children.  If this is something you will have a hard time with this is NOT the book for you.

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