Night Sins Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in a pastoral Minnesota small town, Hoag's thriller has an ill-matched pair of detectives trying to trace a sadistic kidnapper.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This well-crafted romantic suspense novel by the author of Lucky's Lady (Bantam, 1992) is a tautly written account of life in a small Minnesota town. Megan O'Malley, the first female field officer of the state's criminal investigation bureau, is forced into a close working relationship with Mitch Holt, the town's police chief, when a child goes missing. Against the background of a multijurisdictional criminal investigation, dialog and plot flow smoothly, and elements of romantic tension that serve to define the characters further are seamlessly inserted into the basic mystery/suspense theme. Current news topics, such as the presence of known pedophiles in a community and the problems of childcare in homes with two working parents, help fuel important subplots. The investigatory techniques are all presented intelligently and provide a strong framework for this gripping suspense tale. Highly recommended for current fiction collections.
Erna Chamberlain, SUNY at Binghamton
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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In Night Sins, a young boy is abducted after hockey practice. His mother was busy preforming emergency surgery, and his father was busy screwing the neighbor's wife. These two characters spend a lot of time being guilty and angsty. Heading the search for Josh are Megan O'Malley, a female field agent from the BCA with a chip on her shoulders and daddy-issues, and Mitch Holt, a police chief whose very depressed about the death of his wife and son. These two characters also spend a lot of time being guilty and angsty. Who could have done such a thing in the perfect, perfect town of Deer Lake?
I'll get to the book's biggest flaw first. It's ending is very, very poor. Nothing is really resolved. Sure, the kidnapper is caught but we are given no indepth insight into why he did it, but the ending does make it clear that there is one or more accomplices still on the lose. After spending many hours reading over 500 pages I feel cheated. I think that Hoag probably could have shortened this novel by about 200 pages if she took out some of the angst. Then maybe I wouldn't feel so cheated. I also would recommend the abridged audio book version of Night Sins because it prunes out a lot of the endless angst.
Like I said before, the angst eclipses the investigation into Josh's abduction.Read more ›
Not that it's a bad thing. Hoag's a talented storyteller and, sudden shifts in point-of-view notwithstanding, a decent writer. This story about a kidnapping that tears apart a town, a marriage and nearly destroys a career, is as gripping as her later work. I just wasn't prepared to spend so much time exploring the burning passions of Agent Megan O'Malley and Chief Mitch Holt. The budding romance between these investigators isn't the only aspect that nudges "Night Sins" into soap opera territory. Almost all of the characters are broadly drawn types--O'Malley, the hard-nosed investigator out to prove herself in "a man's world"; Mitch, the handsome chief whose past prevents him from loving another woman, until Megan enters the picture; Paul, the selfish husband; Paige Price, the "mercenary slut" TV reporter, Hannah, the saintly wife--who keep this potboiler bubbling. There are several chapters where I found myself mentally cuing dramatic music when a new shocking development is revealed.
But these soapy elements didn't deter my enjoyment of this book (another sudsy clue: "Night Sins" sounds like a title of a Nora Roberts or Rosemary Rogers novel, not a suspense novel). Now I plan to read this novel's follow-up, "Guilty as Sin" (you pretty much have to). Like all good soap operas, "Night Sins" had me clamoring for more.
Lastly, from a purely technical standpoint, her writing skills were weak. She constantly changed the "point of view" shifting it from character to chartacter even within the same sub-chapter. The reader could be scanning the mind of one character and in the next paragraph be scanning another one. These gross violations of basic writing made me wonder if she ever took a writing class.
Summarizing, not the worst I've read but certainly not worth reading.
Josh Kirkwood is kidnapped while waiting for a ride home from ice hockey pratice. His mother,doctor and head of the local hospital, is summonded due to a multple car accident as she prepares to leave. She has a clerk call the rink to let Josh know she'd be late,just like a lot of busy mothers. Dad is extremely busy with a "client" and does not hear Josh's phone message begging him to come and get him.
Special Agent Meg O'Malley is assigned to placid Dear Lake, Michigan, a small town in the frozen north. Like many small towns across the USA,nothing much happens,a nice peaceful town where everyone knows their neighbors or do they? She has a steadfast rule never to date cops which has worked for her during her career. Enters Chief Mitch Holt who had lost his wife and only son at a local covience store. For many years, Mitch has kept his heart safe behind his wall and badge.
The kidnapping pulls the town together as they look for Josh. No one could understand why this has happened to such a perfect family, to this perfect little town but people have secrets. Many suspects appear, many false clues pervail upon Megan and Mitch. Although Megan has a chip on her shoulder the size of Texas and Mitch has more baggage than seen at Logan Airport, they slowly build a love/hate relationship which ends more as love.
Parts of this book were unrealistic in my opinion. Twice Megan searched the grounds of a suspect without calling for backup resulting in her being serverely injured.
The ending of the book left more questions than answers. Epilogue? Doesn't that word mean "end?" Is there a sequel that will tie up all the loose ends?
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