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.
Wow !!! 'Gingerbread Man' by Maggie Shayne is a truly magnificent thriller. It is an emotional roller coaster and a whirlpool that drags you in the story from page 1. Whilst reading it you feel sadness, pain, anger, fear and excitement, ( I felt like crying at some points) and each emotion is immediately replaced by another as you turn the pages.
The author made a wonderful job character wise. All characters are brilliantly brought to life and you almost feel that you are there amongst them, listening and talking to them. You suffer with them. I had pity for, loved and hated these characters as they were real persons. The locations are also very vividly depicted and again you can visualise everything.
The twists and turns in this story are numerous and you never know what will happen next. I tried to and thought that I guessed who the perpetrator was early on in the book, however as I kept on reading I realized how mistaken I was.
The final part caught me by surprise and made the hair at the back of my neck stand on end.
This was one of the best books I have ever read and I highly recommend it.
Well Done Maggie Shayne !!