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Tami Hoag , Joyce Bean
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Oct. 28 2006 Deer Lake (Book 1)
A peaceful Minnesota town, where crime is something that just doesn't happen, is about to face its worst nightmare. A young boy disappears. There are no witnesses, no clues - only a note, cleverly taunting, casually cruel. Has a cold-blooded kidnapper struck? Or is this a reawakening of a long-quiet serial killer? A tough-minded investigator on her first make-or-break case . . . A local cop who fears that big city evils have come to stalk his small town home . . . Together they are hunting for a madman who knows no bounds, to protect a town that may never feel safe again.

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From Publishers Weekly

Touted as the author's hardcover breakout novel (Hoag was the erstwhile bestselling star of Bantam's Loveswept romance series), this thriller, despite a compelling premise and several intriguing characters, ultimately disappoints. The Norman Rockwell-esque community of Deer Lake, Minn., takes a turn toward Stephen King territory when the local lady doctor's son is snatched by a fiend who leaves enigmatic notes. Attempting to crack the case, feisty feminist Megan O'Malley-who hopes to become the first female field agent for the male-dominated Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension-finds herself paired with Mitch Holt, the town's love-scarred sheriff (and recovering alcoholic) who is facing assorted personal demons. Though Hoag provides occasional passages of genuine suspense, the intrigue here is never fully realized. Her overwritten narrative becomes burdened with repetition (the distraught parents' angst, the one-dimensional protagonists' self-destructive coupling), and she substitutes cliched internal monologues and emotional outbursts for real human feelings and motivations. The unfortunate coup de grace comes in the form of a poorly resolved conclusion. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selection; major ad/promo; TV rights sold to CBS; BDD audio.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery May 1 2014
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I enjoyed this book as it kept my attention and a good follow-up on the previous book..fast moving and entertaining
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Finishing Your Book isn't innocence but SIN! July 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This isn't Tami Hoag's greatest novel by a long-shot. I didn't hate it like I did Dust to Dust but I didn't love it like I do Ashes to Ashes or Cry Wolf. One thing I've noticed about Hoag's work is that the mystery AND the romance often take backseat to every characters' sad memories, traumatic life expirences, and sordid pasts. No book quite highlights Hoag's tendency to weave angst and depression into a massive tapestry of despair quite like Night Sins.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suds n' Suspense March 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I found out Tami Hoag got her start writing romance novels, I was a bit surprised. My introduction to her work was the gritty "Ashes to Ashes," followed by its hard-edge sequel, "Dust to Dust." Both novels had romantic subplots, but violence, murder and police work seemed the primary emphasis. Not so with "Night Sins," published earlier than either "Ashes" or "Dust." For this one, Hoag wears her romance-writing background on her sleeve.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading March 10 2004
By Stuart
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just finished this 540 page suspense novel. The only positive quality that allowed me to give it two stars instead of one was that the beginning was suspenseful. This book could have been about 200 pages less and still have adequately presented the plot. Numbing repetition of character emotions and reminisces added to the monotony of the book. The ending was awful. Not wishing to spoil it for prospective readers, I will only say that when I was finally done I said to myself "Why did I bother finishing this?" Hoag employs "deus ex machina" to end her long drawn out book otherwise another 300 pages may have been needed. She also leaves the reader hanging probably to promote her sequel (which I have no intention of reading).
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wasting the night reading Night Sins Feb. 10 2004
By Paula
Format:Mass Market Paperback
(...)I've read a few of her books in the past but it was a distant past filled with so many books that I couldn't remember if I enjoyed her or not.
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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1.0 out of 5 stars bad romance dressed as thriller
I wish I had been warned that this story was all about sex (not love). After all, I was expecting mystery or thriller from the mystery and thriller aisle. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic!
I previously read "Ashes to Ashes" and "Dust to Dust" and was mildly entertained............characters were at least believable. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2003 by Bill Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing! Great book!
This was the first book I read by Tami Hoag. I think I've found another favorite author. It does drag in some areas but keep going it gets really good! Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by Maddy'smom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have read several books by Tami Hoag, and so far this is the best. I would have been disappointed in the ending, because I don't like books or movies that "leave you... Read more
Published on June 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Page Turner
This was a book I couldn't put down. The main characters are kept in the dark along with the reader. Read more
Published on May 31 2003 by Elaine Johaneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Did it have to end!?
I picked up this book with few expectations but got so involved with the story that I just about freaked when I realized that the solution wasn't given! Read more
Published on May 29 2003 by Kim F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tami has a new fan
This is the first book of Tami Hoag's that I've had the pleasure to read. I picked up 'Night Sins' and 'A Thin Dark Line' at a garage sale to use for filler when I didn't have... Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by J. Stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH!! A complete waste of paper and ink.
This was, without a doubt, one of the worst novels I have ever read. The major characters in Night Sins are all misanthropic whiners, and by the end of the book I was hoping that... Read more
Published on April 1 2003 by Cystem Phailure
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