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Night Sins (Deer Lake #1)

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A desperate hunt for a missing child ... A chilling novel of suspense from a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author

Deer Lake is a small Minnesota town where people know their neighbours and crime is something that happens on the evening news. But the illusion of safety is shattered when eight-year-old Josh Kirkwood disappears. All the police find is his duffel bag with a not

Kindle Edition, 564 pages
Published (first published 1995)
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Carol Waters
Aug 12, 2012 Carol Waters rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best line is on page 300;

"She breathed in the waxy scent of crayons and felt as if one had been driven through her heart."

Hah. I'm on page 404 and so far there have been three official clues and the MOST TEDIOUS characters. The woman who broke the sex barrier for females in her position in law enforcement broke her "no dating cops" rule and slept with the chief the second day she knew him, putting her job at risk and looking like an idiot to all working women to boot. I no longer care about
Jan 10, 2008 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
The best way I can describe this novel is pure disappointment. It seems the author got carried away with the numerous characters in this story and didn't know how to end the mystery. The final chapter was annoying in the sense that it left me completely hanging on why the kidnapping occurred, what the reasoning was behind the culprit and would the killer strike again? Hoag left the novel hanging so I figured a sequel might be written to extend the characters, but there isn't anything. I will not ...more
Nan Williams
Jul 19, 2013 Nan Williams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one - no one at all
This book was written in 1995. I did not finish it because ...
The main character, Megan O'Malley, was newly assigned to replace a long time and beloved detective in small town Minnesota. Megan is well qualified with 10 years of experience and ample credentials, but seems determined to show the huge chip on her shoulder at every turn. She not only criticizes the investigative methods of the Chief (her boss!) but does so publicly. Again and again he acknowledges (in many concrete ways) that he res
This is story of a missing eight-years boy Josh Kirkwood and his family and how the involved cops faced his mysterious disappearance.

The author managed to keep the suspense until the end (no spoilers here) and describing the main characters lives around this crime.

4* Down the Darkest Road (Oak Knoll, #3)
4* Night Sins (Deer Lake, #1)
Michelle Jones
I picked this up one day at the library because I was intrigued by the description. Now I'm just glad I didn't pay for it. I thought this book was supposed to be a mystery, but the main characters were much more interested in each other than in finding a missing boy. Definitely not worth a read.
Apr 05, 2015 BookCrazy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bloody awful book full of stereotype characters and ad nauseam tropes. How did this make it to the best seller list?

I was handed this book while waiting at an airport. The person had just finished it and said that the book wasn't a bad read. Maybe I misunderstood and the person said it was a bad read? I was bored so I read it on a long flight. Wish I hadn't.

All the stock characters are here. The strong female cop with daddy issues trying to make it in a man's world, who falls for the local polic
Tami Hoag has written some decent novels, but alas, Night Sins does not fit into that category. This novel is ostensibly a mystery, set around the abduction of a young boy from a hockey rink in remote Deer Lake, MI. But what should be the focus of the plot, which might have been pretty compelling, takes second place to a romance that could not have been more of a cliche, but could have served well as two years of episodes for a TV soap opera. Sexy Megan O'Malley, a petite bundle of sass, breezes ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Livia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller junkies
Good thriller! I read it ages ago and only thought of it tonight when a buddy told me she started reading a Tami Hoag novel. I remember being excited when Night Sins was adapted for the small screen starring Valerie Bertinelli and Harry Hamlin. I gobbled up the sequel before the movie adaptation premiered on February 23, 1997.
É uma obra excessivamente longa para a história que quer contar, mais ainda se considerarmos que o mistério se prolonga para uma segunda parte (Deer Lake #2 - A Mão do Pecado, ou no original: Guilty as Sin). O suspense desdobra-se em largas passadas, minuciosamente trabalhadas e até intensas, ainda que com um ligeiro aroma a naftalina. Há demasiados momentos que surgem como flagrante desculpa para que os coprotagonistas (a noviça Megan O’Malley e o polícia Mitch Holt) se envolvam física e psicol ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Sins is another suspenseful nail-biter from Tami Hoag that chronicles the abduction of a young boy from outside a small town hockey rink while his physician mother has been waylaid caring for victims of an automobile accident. While everyone is looking for the young boy, the ordeal causes further strain to his parents' marriage, which was already on shaky ground. Another thread of the story is the developing relationship between the town's chief of police and the new BCA agent, the first f ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I've read quite a lot of books by this author and have always preferred her crime novels to her earlier romance novels...yet somehow this book manages to combine the two to good effect. The story is set over twelve or so days, starting with the arrival of Megan O'Malley, the new BCA agent assigned to a small town. Within hours of her arrival, a young boy is abducted. As the kidnapper plays with the police, essentially influencing the investigation in one direction, then another, the whole town i ...more
Jul 05, 2009 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great! I picked it up, and from that point on I couldn't put it down. It was fast paced with a lot of suspense and it kept me guessing until the last few chapters as to who the criminal was.

There was a nice romantic element to the story, and I really fell in love with some of the characters. There were also characters that Hoag forced you to love to hate. I couldn't help disliking them, I actually enjoyed hating them and kept wishing dreadful things on them lol. But I think that's
Bob Corrigan
Actually, it's a major achievement for me to FINISH a book of this length (500+ pages). I've been tossing books aside for months now - and this one I read to the end. I *did* resort to skimming starting about halfway through, something I never have done before, but ... as one other reviewer pointed out, the digressions and lengthy explanations of every word and action became overwhelming at times. Annoying, to tell the truth.

And yes, the ending wasn't quite the neat wrap-up one likes to see afte
Sep 11, 2008 LJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hoag, Tami - 1st in Deer lake series

Deer Lake is a small Minnesota town where people know their neighbours and crime is something that happens on the evening news. But the illusion of safety is shattered when eight-year-old Josh Kirkwood disappears from a hockey rink as he waits for his mother to pick him up after practice. The only thing the police find is his duffel bag with a note stuffed inside, `Ignorance is not innocence but SIN`. With each passing hour the search for Josh t
Jan 17, 2015 Hyderali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tami-hoag
I was reluctant to buy this book at first. But now I'm happy that I bought it & read it with my full dedication. I never thought that I'll finish it at all. Even though the book is dragged little too much I kept on reading because all those text which were dragging it felt that they were needed.

This is my second book of Tami Hoag & I must say her writing is totally exceptional (especially in this book) with so much new words in every page. The story, the writing, the characters, the hum
Jul 07, 2009 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy suspense
Recommended to Jan by: NL - Crystal
I thoroughly enjoyed this suspenseful book and the little asides sprinkled throughout kept your interest sparked even more! Great characters! You had to love Megan's mouth; she never knew when to keep it shut, to her detriment at times. It was good to see the relationship develop between her and Mitch. I really liked Hannah and, as much as I liked her, I disliked her husband, Paul. What a putz! One of the best parts of the book was Hannah telling him to leave! She thought she wasn't strong but s ...more
Deana M
May 24, 2012 Deana M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josh Kirkwood is an 8 year old boy who is taken away from his family after hockey practice. Besides his parents, the entire town of Deer Lake, MN is scared and in shock that such a thing could happen in their small town. Chief of Police Mitch Holt and newly assigned BCA Agent Megan O'Malley work together to find the person who has taken Josh away. With their two personalities, work ethics, and very strong physical attraction getting in their way, they will stop at nothing until the case in solve ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Magpie67 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I loved this book strictly for the cat and mouse chase. The everyday pursuit and what police and agents must do to wade through the clues was where the games began for me. I had two sets of whodunit and with the explosive writing of Tami Hoag they changed continuously. I knew the moment only one was in jail that "We" would be dropping off the kid. I could feel the sequel was coming and I was thrilled!!!! Tami had me turning the pages faster towards the end with the thrill of the hunt. The clues, ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-abridged
CD/Thriller: Big disappointment because there is no ending! Fortunately, the CD has book two as a bonus as a one disc MP3.

First, not only should you not sleep with your commander (he technically is not her boss), but you need to use a condom! I am completely serious. This guy starts to feel her up on their first kiss. Take a hint sister. He's a whore-dog and the probability of him having a disease is 80%. On top of that, he's not too smart.

Sep 20, 2009 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: off-shelf, 2009
I was not impressed with this book. It was "okay" but there was too much information without a real ending. I have to read another book to see what is going on? I didn't realize this was a series when I picked it up. Seems like 400+ pages were development and the last few pages was the real quick "ending." Also, why do characters have to fall in love and get engaged/married so quick? The timeframe here was a few weeks and at the end of that the characters were engaged without really knowing anyt ...more
Rui Monteiro
Jun 25, 2014 Rui Monteiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tami Hoag conseguiu reconquistar-me depois da grande dissolução que foi "Aguas Calmas".
"Pecados na Noite" é muito um livro completo: Mistério, Intrigas, Amor, Crime. Estes são os factores principais que fazem de um livro policial realmente um livro POLICIAL. Apesar de ser um livro muito grande (versão portuguesa: +750 páginas) não se torna chato, pelo contrário cada vez fica melhor.
O final é surpreendente e algo que não esperava de todo (não me refiro ao raptor, pois à medida que a história ia p
Sep 21, 2015 Rissy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
When I began reading this book I was not aware that it was a three part series (?) and even with that in mind I still did not like it.

I'm disappointed because at the start and a good quarter of the way through I was quite into the story and how it was unfolding. It was suspenseful and all along every suspect you thought was the kidnapper is proven not to be. Good cat and mouse and kept you guessing...

Then you get to the last few chapters and it just gets dumb. (view spoiler)
Feb 21, 2015 Nolan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls-audio
This is the fictional account of a small Minnesota town and the abduction of a young boy—the son of a highly respected physician and her accountant husband.

Hoag skillfully presents a two-week torturous ordeal for the family, the community, and the law enforcement people. In fact, Agent Megan O’Malley is experiencing a baptism of fire, since her first day on the job as a field agent is also the day the boy was taken. This will hold your interest as the winding path of the plotline takes you insid
Jul 27, 2014 Ron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 07, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad book. However, when I bought the book, I didn't know that the story didn't end with this book but continues onto the next book. on other reviews, some people made it sound like the two main characters; Megan and Mitch; were constantly getting into bed with one another. Which is not the case. You have an FBI female agent l, who is the first female FBI agent in the Minnesota town, trying to fight her attraction to Mitch, knowing that if she gave in, will end her career before it even beg ...more
Night Sins, read by Jennifer Van Dyck, is approximately twenty hours of listening. Too, long, in my opinion. The author could have accomplished as much with two-thirds of the text. The story centers on the abduction of Josh, a little boy in a small Minnesota town. This kidnapping occurs on the same day that a new agent arrives as a replacement. Slamming through a good-old-boy network of cops, our MC is typical of the women of the 90s. Carrying a huge feministic chip on her shoulder, her abrasive ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Becca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up from the "free" exchange table at work thinking it was a crime thriller and not realizing the steamy romance aspect to the author's approach. Most of these sultry scenes seemed out of place in the plot and rather distracting but maybe that's just me. I got sucked in by the first scene told through the eye's of 8-yr-old Josh (mercifully without gratuitous sex) and read it to the end despite my frequent irritation.
Jul 10, 2009 Aprile rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for my book club and now I remember why I don't read this kind of book. First of all, the book was really slow. Even 100 pages in, I didn't want to read anymore, but I figured since it was the only book I had left from the library I should read it. The plot sucked, and the ending was horrible. The only redeeming part of this novel was the characters. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Mar 11, 2015 Delta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Night Sins did not live up to my expectations. It was not nearly as good as Hoag's Cry Wolf or Lucky's Lady. If you are looking for an irritating and unlikable heroine, a plot that drags, tired cliches, worn-out stereotypes, and a who-done-it with little logic and lots of unresolved loose ends, then Night Sins is for you. Two stars is generous.
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Tami Hoag is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide, including her latest thrillers—BITTER SEASON, COLD COLD HEART and THE 9TH GIRL. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, Hoag first hit the New York Times Bestseller list with NIGHT SINS, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. ...more
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“Mitch shook his head. "Amazing. You'd literally do anything wouldn't you?" Turning a pointed look on her hand, he lifted it from his arm and dropped it. "Frankly, Ms. Price, I'd sooner stick my dick in a meat grinder. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a stolen child to find. Impossible as it may for you to comprehend, he's a hell of a lot more important than you.” 3 likes
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