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The Boy: A Novel af Tami Hoag
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The Boy: A Novel (udgave 2019)

af Tami Hoag (Forfatter)

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"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"--… (mere)
Medlem:taysawyers
Titel:The Boy: A Novel
Forfattere:Tami Hoag (Forfatter)
Info:Dutton (2019), Edition: Reprint, 496 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Wow, this is one surprising good crime mystery. I love the chemistry between the two main characters husband and wife detective of Cajun country. The audio was superb with accent and French cajun swearing by the husband. LOVED IT!

The main plot is gloomy and some might say full of depressing lives but the way its written it was so hard to put down. It was not graphic nor gory. The setting was beautiful, and the story was suspenseful.

After waiting since 2017 for this book (I don't even know why since I didn't read the first one) it was excellent and well worth the wait. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Trigger warning: Sexual assault of minor, domestic violence, suicide attempts

"The Boy" is the second book in Tami Hoag's Broussard and Fourcade series. The twosome are now happily (okay somewhat happily) married for several years and their young son. They are dealing with upheaveal in their department with a new sheriff in charge who wants things done his way. Detective Nick Fourcade is dealing with fall-out of not being able to close a case which involved an autistic young girl being molested and raped. Detective Annie Broussard is dealing with stress from her aunt having a stroke and feeling pulled from being there as much as she would like with her son. When a murder case is called in that involves a young boy found murdered and his mother taken to the hospital after being beaten and stabbed, Nick and Annie worry that the perpetrator is not finished yet.

I still have Tami Hoag as one of my favorite mystery/thriller writers out there. I wish she do another Kovac and Liska book, but this one can keep me content for now. My main problem I had were the concidences that tied up the whole book in the end. Other than that I was fascinated by this book and think that it was very strong. The first book in this series didn't impress me much, this one though was so so good.

Nick is still somewhat of an ass. However, you get to see more depth in him in this one. He is pushing back against a new boss who doesn't seem to care about victims, but how much social media press he gets. Annie feels emotionally distant from him right now and he's the primary on the case involving the dead boy. One thing I liked about Nick from before is that he's really good. He begins to dig, and dig and eventually starts putting some things together. I liked how Hoag lays things out via this character.

Annie does well in this one and you get to see how she handles talking to victims and suspects alike. Though less ready to push back at some of her police colleagues, she realizes the new sheriff isn't the best either. Her and Nick both are more involved in this case due to them thinking of their son and what they would do if someone would harm him.

Hoag also jumps around via different POVs in this one. We get POVs of the new sheriff, a woman in an abusive relationship, a young boy, and the dead boy's mother. I did like the reveals we get along the way.

The writing in this one is very tight and I thought the flow was good.

The setting of the last book really incorporates the looks/feels/ of Louisiana. I think this one did at times, and other times did not.

The ending as I already said was too many coincidences to be believed, but I was ultimately satisfied when I finished this one. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
A book that keeps you guessing. A young single mother, an autistic child (who is killed) and all the people involved in finding the killer. Rather disturbing book about the capabilities of children but will keep you guessing to the end ( )
  joannemonck | Jun 12, 2020 |
Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.com

Detective Nick Fourcade received a very disturbing phone call. He was called to the scene of the tragic and brutal murder of seven-year-old KJ Gauthier. Although seriously injured and consequently hospitalized, Genevieve survived the horrific attack. Questions arise immediately. There was no sign of a break in, nor was there any apparent motive. Nick is perplexed. Why was Genevieve allowed to survive? Nick's wife, Annie Broussard, is also a detective and is on the case as well.

Then, another disturbing situation occurs. KJ’s twelve-year-old babysitter, Nora Florette, is missing. This case becomes primary to Annie. Both she and Nick are running into brick walls. While it seems beyond a shadow of doubt that Genevieve was a victim along with her son, several questions began to plague Nick’s mind. It did not take Nick long to realize that things were not as they seemed, especially as more and more facts were shockingly revealed. The questions were many and I couldn't help but struggle to strive and answer them along with Nick.

Despite the fact that this book is nearly 500 pages, I was compelled to read it from cover to cover in just about one sitting. My attention was truly riveted. Many times while reading this story I was in a state of surprise. Reading something that involves the death of a child was extremely difficult in and of itself. Also, there were other serious issues in this story - bullying, abuse, control, secrets and bone-deep depression. These things may be triggering for some, but they were handled quite well throughout the pages of what was admittedly a difficult and tragic story.

Meanwhile, Nick and Annie were experiencing serious marital discord, and Annie’s past causes her much angst. The couple have a five-year-old son, so both the past and present are very disturbing. It was just very difficult to try and solve the case of a murdered child, never mind trying to establish the whereabouts of Nora.

KJ and Nora were not the only victims in this story, so my heart broke when reading certain scenes. I haven't read Tami Hoag before, but I certainly will keep her backlist and any future works on my radar. Her style of writing is extremely compelling. I felt drawn to some of the characters in this story. Conversely, there were characters like the Sheriff who was, simply put, abominable. For a story with this and much more, unexpected twists and turns and a bone-chilling conclusion, be sure to pick up The Boy.

Although I had the Kindle ARC of this book, I listened to an audiobook of it. I must say that the narration by Hillary Huber was exceptional, including her grasp of Cajun patois. The Boy is the second story in the Broussard and Fourcade series. The first book, A Thin Dark Line, was released in 1997. This book did perfectly well as a standalone.

Many thanks to Dutton and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion. ( )
  RobinLovesReading | Oct 25, 2019 |
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"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"--

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