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Night Sins (Deer Lake #1)

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A sensational New York Times bestseller that was made into a CBS-TV miniseries, Night Sins has confirmed Tami Hoag's reputation as the new modern master of suspense.

This gripping tale unfolds in a peaceful Minnesota town, where crime is something that just doesn't happen. But when a young boy disappears, it marks the beginning of a unspeakable nightmare. There are no witne
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Hardcover, 483 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Bantam Dell (first published 1995)
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Nan Williams
Jul 19, 2013 Nan Williams rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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Sara
Jan 10, 2008 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Carol Waters
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
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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.
Linda
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
Dark-Draco
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
Jess
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
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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
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LJ
NIGHT SINS - Ex
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
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Hyderali Shaikh
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
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Jan
Jul 07, 2009 Jan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Magpie67
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
Jessica
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
Lexi
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
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Nolan
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
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Ron
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Samyann Samyann
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
Becca
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.
Aprile
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.
Delta
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.
Marleen
Ever since I first read this book for the first time about 6-7 years ago this has always been my favorite Tami Hoag book especially because I enjoy the intensity of interaction between the Mitch Holt and Megan O'Malley. The book has flaws for sure, but overall it's a great page-turner.
Al Canary
D/L to my Kindle & found the 1st 10% to be vintage Hoag, but to my dismay in morphed to vintage "Romance Novel" filled with descriptions of everything but the wallpaper. Entirely distressing to see dialog, then a 2-3 pages of thoughts (color)before another sentence of dialog. Quit at 25%
Lénia
Tinha tudo para ser um bom livro, mas não é. É mediano. Maçador, demasiado arrastado. menos 300 páginas e seria um livro razoável.

Nota muito negativa para a tradução e para a revisão. Erros grosseiros, gralhas e uma tradução medíocre não ajudam nada um livro que já de si é fraco.
Karen
I only gave it a 2 because I finished it. Too much of the back and forth foolish romance, but not stuff, then throw in the sleep together trash within that one "LARGE" aspect the book centered on. I get sick of a great plot ruined in this manner.
Michele
I decided to branch out and try Tami Hoag and was utterly disappointed. I had a very hard time getting through this book. There was just nothing to keep my interest. Very slow read. I'm not sure I'll try another.
Jeanette
Yes, Hoag does leave you hanging and you have to read the next book to find out what really happened, but it is still a page turner.
Angela Free
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Anirban Das
In this book, a kid , Josh Kirkwood, is abducted when his mother forgets to pick him up from his hockey practise. A lady officer, Megan O Mally is sent by BCA to Deer Lake to help the local police, led by Mitch Holt to solve the case.
I never had any huge expectation from this book, the last few crime novels which I have read, which deals with kidnapping, the culprit invariably turns out to be a psycho who just kidnaps, to satisfy his lust for power and he has no intention to demand any ransom. S
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Jonetta
When an eight-year old boy goes missing from a small Minnesota town in the dead of winter, Special Agent Megan Malloy works to assist Mitch Holt, the town's chief of police, in locating him. She's newly promoted to the position as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's (BCA) regional agent and as the first woman in that role, she's also got a lot to prove.

There was a lot going on in this story in addition to solving the abduction. Megan has a fast and firm rule against dating cops and
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag began her professional career writing for Bantam’s Loveswept line of romance novels. In 1988 her first novel, The Trouble With J.J. was published.

With fifteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Hoag has more than 35 million books in print, published in more than twenty languages worldwide. Her first thriller, Night Sins, was made i
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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.” 2 likes
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