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The Gingerbread Man

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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  4,354 ratings  ·  461 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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Janie Johnson
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
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D.A. Bale
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
Foxfire
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
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Gina
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
Louise
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
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Ana T.
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
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Regan
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
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☮Karen
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
Goddess Of Blah
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.
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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!!!).
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Angie Cooke
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.

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Jo
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
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CrimsonTyd
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
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Teresa Bowen
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.
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
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Maldivianbookreviewer
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
Alyssa
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
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Teresa
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
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Alayna Dickerson
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
Joseph
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
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Vickie
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.
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Black Butterfly
Aug 28, 2013 Black Butterfly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: GOODREADS
Shelves: mystery-romance
IT WAS OK, A LITTLE DRAWN OUT, MILDLY SEXUAL (one sex scene). WAAY OVER THE TOP WITH ANGST. I WAS PROUD OF MY SELF I FIGURED OUT THE SECRET AND WHO THE KILLER WAS AT ABOUT 25% OF THE BOOK. YEAH ME! ONE THING I DID NOT LIKE WAS THE AMOUNT OF FRAGILE, BROKEN, WEAK, CHARACTERS, TO, TOO MANY. HOLLY WAS A VERY OVER PROTECTED FEMALE, WHO LIVES IN THE CREEPY LITTLE TOWN OF DILMUN. WHERE NOTHING BAD EVER HAPPENS . . .YEAH RIGHTTTT! ENTER THE ALPHA HARD BOILED DETECTIVE VINCE, ALSO BROKEN. THE STORYLINE ...more
Tiffany
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.
Jenee Rager
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
Tara Kable
This was my first book by Maggie Shayne and I really enjoyed it. The only thing that kept it from 5 stars was that it was a little long winded in the middle, and Holly was a bit excessive with her panic attacks. Im not really sure why this book had a warning at the beginning because it was not really gory and did not go into much explanation of what was done to the children, but it was left mostly to the imagination. And it had a nice little love story in there to boot...All in all a really good ...more
Kim Page
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
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Olja Najbolja
This was my first mystery read and I quite enjoyed it, do not get me wrong Maggie does a brilliant job of writing the story. The development of characters was great, I loved the start of the book because it truly grabs your attention, I would have given this book a 5 star but the only thing holding me back from giving it the full five stars is .. it was too predictable for me near the end. From the beginning I had my suspicions about certain characters who could be involved, I was not expecting ...more
Robin
Detective Vince O'Malley shows up in a small town asking questions about and old library book and kidnapped children. Vince was too involved in the kidnapping/murder investigations in his home town and told to take a vacation. Instead he follows an obscure clue that leads him to Holly Newman. Twenty years ago, Holly saw her little sister, Ivy, kidnapped while walking home from school. Ivy was never seen again. It's taken years for Holly to overcome her guilt and get on with her life. Now when th ...more
Allison Brown
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
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Kerri
“My darkness is squatting like a demon, right around the next corner, lurking in every shadow, just waiting for me to slip. And when I do it’s gonna grab me, Vince, and I don’t know if I can fight my way free the next time it does.”

Maggie’s Shayne’s The Gingerbread Man, opens with Vince O’Mally, a smart detective who has trouble separating himself from his victims. He’s haunted by Sara Prague, a mother who is determined not to let the cop forget her missing kids, and makes him promise her that h
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