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The Gingerbread Man

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,084 Ratings  ·  482 Reviews
When Detective Vincent O'Mally finds two missing children dead, his life turns upside down. When the FBI takes over the case, Vince agrees to take time off. Traveling to a small upstate New York town, he meets Holly Newman--a fragile woman whose sister was abducted and killed years ago. Convinced that Holly's sister's death is linked to the recent murders, he attempts to u ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Jove
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Mandy Blair Crider
Dec 01, 2015 Mandy Blair Crider rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Great read! I got it free one weekend while I was searching for new books and I'm so glad I downloaded it. It was suspenseful, mysterious, and had a killer plot! Lots of twists and turns made for one hell of a read. Highly recommend!
Janie Johnson
Aug 28, 2013 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
This is the first time I have read this Author even though I do have a couple of her books. I got this one as an e-book free off of Amazon and I am so glad I did. Maggie Shayne can write a very compelling story. And this just happens to be one of my favorite genres. I was pretty hooked from the beginning.

The plot of story is a rather scary one, because in today's world it can ring very true. The plot develops in a small town setting, which I love. I think mainly because it can make for a terrify
D.A. Bale
Oct 04, 2013 D.A. Bale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a book recommendation for all of you suspense lovers out there - especially if you like an interesting heroine. Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne is an intriguing story that kept me guessing, and as regular readers know, that's pretty hard to do. The red herring was obvious early on, but it wasn't until well into the second half of the story that I was certain of the killer. There was also an element I didn't see coming until probably the final quarter of the novel. I really like stories t ...more
Nov 13, 2013 Foxfire rated it it was ok
Managed to finish with a lot of skimming. I had read another book by Maggie Shayne and really enjoyed that, so I had high hopes for this one.

However, this story failed to deliver. The writing is overly simplistic, as if written for children. There is a lot of repetition. Sometimes several sentences say the same thing over and over again, or the same information is regurgitated in scene after scene.

For example, when the hero figures out a link between the current and past crimes, he explains it
Apr 30, 2012 Gina rated it did not like it
Vince O'Mally is a police detective who gets too emotionally involved in his work. When he is tasked with finding two missing kids, his promises to their mother and the discovery of their tortured bodies nearly send him over the edge...especially when the FBI is called in and he is taken off the case. On his month of forced vacation, he continues to work the case. This takes him to upstate New York and into the path of Holly Newman, a woman who continues to face the demons of her own childhood b ...more
Apr 07, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it
I've added Maggie Shayne to my list of 'favourite' authors! She writes an excellent suspense novel!

Back cover:

"Detective Vincent O'Mally has always been able to remain calm and objective while investigating even the most gruesome of crimes. But when he finds two missing children dead in an abandoned house, his well ordered life turns upside down.

When the FBI takes over the case, a traumatized Vince reluctantly agrees to take some time off-but vows to find the murderer on his own. With a piece of
Sep 30, 2013 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a gal needs a break in her normal book review routine. Sometimes a gal just needs to read a book she wants to read!! I found the plot line interesting so I picked this book up for free on Amazon when they had a promotion. I am absolutely glad I did. This book was gripping, twisted, and left you wondering who it was all the way until the end.

But the twists didn't end there.

Holly with her stubborn but strong, PTSD but will-to-live and her painful past...
Vince with his ego, brawn and abs
Ana T.
Jun 04, 2009 Ana T. rated it really liked it
Aside from a short story on a paranormal anthology that I don't really remember this was my first read by Shayne. I really enjoyed her suspense.

Detective Vince O'Mally is investigating a disappearance of 2 children. Removed from the case after they are found murdered he follows a lead to a small town in search of more clues. There he finds Holly Newman, a young woman who's sister was kidnapped and is presumed dead while she managed to get away.

Holly was very traumatised by what happened to her a
Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
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, each emotion being 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
Angie Cooke
Sep 26, 2013 Angie Cooke rated it really liked it
Wow, As part of a kindle/ebook group on facebook, this was recommended, however I had downloaded it previously and not realised. Absolutely hooked through the majority of this book, it is the genre I prefer, a nice thriller to keep you on edge and when you have a good imagination like myself, you can almost picture yourself living through the book, being there and seeing it all happen, when I get this feeling, to me it is a fabulous book and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Oct 20, 2013 ☮Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: nook
I was looking for a quick yet dark and suspenseful read, in the spirit of the Halloween season. This was almost perfect in that regard. A good deal of it actually takes place during the last couple weeks of October, with descriptions of the crisp autumn air, scents of falling leaves, and a big Halloween party where the climax begins. I just wasn't thrilled that child abduction and murder were main topics. But it was balanced out with likeable, for the most part, characters and some light humor. ...more
Teresa Bowen
Aug 27, 2013 Teresa Bowen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Maggie Shayne's books and this one was gripping. As a fan of mystery I thought I knew who done it partway through the book and was wrong but was right on one thing. Can't say what or would give the story away. A very good read and the excerpt of Sleep With the Lights On has me in a hurry to get to reading it as well.
Goddess Of Blah
Feb 12, 2015 Goddess Of Blah rated it did not like it
This story was fraught with plot holes, unrealistic police action/scenes, inconsistency, one-dimensional characters and childish prose.

The writing was my main point of contention - it really bugged me.
Most of the time I was thinking "just get to the point" - the "twist" was really predictable. In fact most most of the story was predictable but the author just dragged out the action by including really inappropriate scenes (like an I LOVE YOU moment - sod your I LOVE YOU's!!!).
Sep 14, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it
Ok where to start?

I got this free on Kindle. Sometimes when you get freebies you wonder about them. I mean if it's free can it be that good? Anyway I sat down on a rainy afternoon and devoured it. The pacing was good as was the storytelling. I would have liked to have seen a bit more depth with the character of 'Vince' as we saw with 'Holly' but there was enough there to provide me with his characterisation and reasons for the way he was.

Parts of the story were predictable. Not sure if that wa
Feb 15, 2009 Vickie rated it really liked it
I am glad to finally get to this book and read a well written suspense mystery. I look forward to reading more of Maggie Shayne's books, even her paranormal romance which isn't usually my cuppa....

I had a hard time getting past the premise that began the story, child abduction and murder. Once I got past that, I really liked Maggie's writing.
Vince O'Malley is a police detective in New York state. He is in the middle of a child abduction case that he feels is going south and he is proved right.
Nov 12, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it
Reading the reviews of this being really dark I was a little worried it would not be the greatest night reading!
However it was well written and evenly paced not providing all the details at once, meaning you went on the same journey of discovery and memory as the characters.

Holly saw her sister abducted and she has never been found - this has left Holly a troubled soul with coping mechanisms of routines a plenty and dread that something similar will happen if she breaks the routines

Vince is a c
Aug 27, 2013 CrimsonTyd rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
Seems like this novel would have been better served without the romance. Had a promising start, but as soon as the girl met the boy I started losing interest. I guess I was expecting more of a gritty crime drama and less of a romance. With the subject matter being what it is, I expected more realism as well.

PS: People sometimes have to seek professional help and take prescribed medication to deal with actual mental disorders. They can't just go off their meds because someone loves them and beli
Jun 04, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
I started this book earlier today and couldn't put it down. It was an exciting non-stop thriller with police investigations, serial killers, and a decades old mystery.
Kim Page
Apr 23, 2015 Kim Page rated it it was amazing
I literally could not put this book down...if it were possible I would have given it more than 5 stars!! I was captivated from the very beginning, seriously it was like reading a movie script
!! To say that Maggie Shayne is an amazing story teller is an understatement!! I am a true fan and can not wait to read more from her!
Vince is a hardnosed detective on a mission to find a child predator/killer and willing to do ANYTHING it takes to put him behind bars where he belongs! When he gets SO emotio
Aug 26, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing
I think this was a free kindle book. A detective thriller with a little romance thrown in. A good fast read.

Syracuse police detective Vince O'Mally oversteps the bounds of his profession and becomes too involved in his latest case. Two children are found murdered, and the only clue he discovers is an old library edition of THE GINGERBREAD MAN. That one clue leads him to Dilmun, New York, a small town on Cayuga Lake.
There, Vince encounters Holly Newman, last-known borrower of THE GINGERBREAD MAN
Pamela Scott
I mostly enjoyed Gingerbread Man. The crime element of the novel works really well. Shayne offers an interesting take on that staple of crime fiction – missing children. I liked the way she executes the story. There are a couple of things I felt just didn’t work.

I’ve never read any romantic thrillers and if Gingerbread Man is anything to go by I don’t think I would again. Not on purpose anyway. The romantic element of Gingerbread Man just didn’t do it for me. As far as I’m concerned romance and
Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne is one of those reads that took me by surprise by just how captivating the story turned out to be. Like any reader, I am quite hesitant when it comes to trying out new authors, but then again, a girl has got to take a chance every now and then and see whats out there. I think I first stumbled across Maggie’s name on a post by Anne Stuart and later on one way or the other I stumbled across this book on Amazon. I picked it up for one main reason; I wanted to read a ...more
Allison Brown
May 01, 2014 Allison Brown rated it it was amazing
This is an unusual book for Maggie Shayne as it does not focus on the paranormal as much as most of her others do. However this does not detract anything at all from this book.It is a tense,very well written thriller which focuses on a serial killer who leaves no clues,and is driving the police crazy, until a homeless man sees him leaving the building of his latest killing spree.
What follows is an emotional rollercoaster as you realise that this man not only kills very young children but keeps t
Jan 29, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Mystery and Romance together!

This was my first book by Maggie Shayne. It was picked by one of our members in my book club. I have throughly enjoyed this book. Suspense, tragedy and love all in one.
Holly is a girl that is haunted by the loss of her younger sister Ivy. Holly blames herself for Ivy having been kidnapped and not doing enough to save her. Un know to Holly a detective not too faraway is working a case that will bring them together. Holly only wants to forget the day her sister was ta
Nov 16, 2013 Alyssa rated it liked it
What do a child killer, a beautifully flawed redhead, and a broken cop have in common? Read Gingerbread Man and find out. Shayne takes interesting characters, an intriguing plot line and molds them together in this story. The Gingerbread Man chronicles the story of Detective Vince O'Mally and his search for a the man behind the murder of two children. Unbeknownst to him, he's hunting a sick repeat offender who is hiding in plain sight.

Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne is the first book of Maggi
Alayna Dickerson
Sep 19, 2013 Alayna Dickerson rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Maggie Shayne and it will not be my last. This book is full of mystery and suspense. I did figure out one part of the story before it was revealed, but not the protagonist. Vince is not your typical handsome hero. He's a seasoned detective who is beaten up by the life he's lived and the career he's chosen. He's hard, determined and cold. He meets Holly, who is constantly fighting her own demons. She was there when her baby sister is kidnapped and killed. She has gone tho ...more
Mar 26, 2008 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
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Black Butterfly
Aug 28, 2013 Black Butterfly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: GOODREADS
Shelves: mystery-romance
Sep 06, 2013 Olimpia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first romantic suspense novel I’ve read by Maggie Shayne. Usually I’ve read her paranormal novels so I wasn’t sure what I would think about Gingerbread Man. I was not disappointed in the least. As with her other works, Ms. Shayne did a superb job on writing a very fast paced, action packed and a VERY intense suspenseful novel. This was very hard to put down.

It was filled with lots of twists and turns and some shocking revelations. She had me guessing until the end, which is what I l
Jenee Rager
Aug 03, 2013 Jenee Rager rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I liked the original concept of this story, but the delivery left a lot to be found. After finishing the book I found that Maggie Shayne is typically and romance writer, and that shows in this novel. The romance aspect of the novel is over done and borders on silly. I also have a hard time believing that Holly would still be so fragile 20 years after her sister's kidnapping. I know it would effect her in some ways, but to where she's passing out and having panic attacks at the smallest thing? No ...more
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