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Guilty as Sin (Deer Lake #2)

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A cold-blooded kidnapper has been playing a twisted game with a terrified Minnesota town. Now a respected member of the community stands accused of a chilling act of evil. But when a second boy disappears, a frightened public demands to know: Have the police caught the wrong man? Is the nightmare continuing . . . Or just beginning?

Prosecutor Ellen North believes she's buil
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Published November 25th 2006 by Brilliance Audio (first published 1996)
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Daniela It does. All of Hoag's books have mature language and, at least the nine I've read, have one or two graphic (not erotic but graphic) sex "scenes." I…moreIt does. All of Hoag's books have mature language and, at least the nine I've read, have one or two graphic (not erotic but graphic) sex "scenes." I wouldn't describe it as "dirty" or "obscene," but I'd definitely rate it R. (less)
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Jonetta
Jan 03, 2014 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the follow up to the first book in the series, Night Sins. I’ll start off by saying I’m not a fan of having to read two books to figure out the resolution to a mystery. However, I liked the book even though it had some issues.

The story continues with the State’s Assistant City Attorney Ellen North at the forefront. She’s been handed the case involving Garrett Wright who Mitch Holt arrested for the assault of Megan O’Malley and the abduction of Josh Kirkwood. What seems to be an open and
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Bruno
May 31, 2013 Bruno rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-2013

Este livro é a continuação do anterior “Pecados na noite” cujo final tinha ficado aberto. Estava desejoso por reencontrar a Megan e o Mitch, e infelizmente eles passaram para o segundo plano, aparecendo com raridade ao longo do livro. O protagonismo passou para a advogada Ellen North e o escritor de livros baseados em crimes verdadeiros Jay Butler Brooks. As vitimas do crime são as mesmas que as anteriores.

«O rapto do pequeno Josh Kirkwood abalou profundamente a pequena comunidade de Deer Lake.
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Allison Ann
Jun 11, 2012 Allison Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Why can't I choose negative stars as a rating?

I haven't read much or any Tami Hoag before this book but I had such a visceral reaction to this book that I was hard pressed not to throw it across the room. I had to quit about 1/3 of the way through and take a break because the rage blackouts were becoming much too frequent. I've been reading Harlequin Romances since yesterday because EVEN THAT WAS BETTER THAN READING THE ALLEGED ROMANCE IN THIS NOVEL. I want to finish it, I'm interested by the my
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Msmickey1995
Feb 18, 2013 Msmickey1995 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading the reviews and to be honest, I don't agree with most of them....

I found this book to be engaging, thought provoking (in as far as who was doing what to/with whom), and suprisingly interesting....Knowing people in the legal field, the way the trail was prepared for in the book is spot on....You don't always know what your other council is receiving in the way of evidence, depending on when it's found....

The character, Ellen North, was written well....I enjoyed the way the autho
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This book was...Okay?

I've noticed a theme with her books with me. I'm indifferent to most of the characters in her books, with a few exceptions.

I really do like the way she writes the actual plot. The story itself was really good.

Nolan
Aug 11, 2015 Nolan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls-audio
This is the sequel to Hoag's earlier book, Night Sins. It's essential that you read that one first. This doesn't stand alone well at all.

The college professor is widely respected in the small Minnesota town despite his capture and being charged with kidnapping a child and assaulting a cop. There are many in the community, including many of his students, who believe him innocent.

It's up to prosecutor Ellen North to prove that he is indeed guilty, and it isn't long before she realizes that somewhe
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Vicky
Sep 29, 2015 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty as Sin is another tense thriller from Tami Hoag. This, the second book in the Deer Lake series, continues the story started in Night Sins. The man suspected in the kidnapping that occurred in the first book is in jail awaiting trial and a second boy is kidnapped. This event, and subsequent events throw doubt on the guilt of the jailed suspect. Meanwhile the original kidnap victim is home but is so adversely affected by the ordeal that he is unable to identify his captors. Although many of ...more
Chana
I'd like to say 3 1/2 stars, not quite a 4 but more deserving than a 3.


And yet another romantic thriller, third romance in a row for me. The first was an historical fiction romance and written "clean" but these last 2 (a Sandra Brown and now a Tami Hoag) are more sexually explicit, although formulaic, and they use a lot of the same phraseology. I started wondering if maybe these authors went to the same school of romance writing.
I really shouldn't read 2 or more romances in a row or my eyeballs
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Arwen56
Mar 15, 2015 Arwen56 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ripensare a questo "giallo" mi dà un leggero senso di nausea. In verità non credo neppure possa essere definito un "giallo". Diciamo che la trama poliziesca viene usata per far sì che:

1) Ellen North e Jay Butler Brooks si scambino, in prima battuta, dei "baci profondi" (parole testuali) e poi “scopino come ricci", con conseguente dettagliata descrizione: "Ellen non indossava il reggiseno. I suoi seni erano scoperti, avevano il colore della crema, il tocco della seta e si adattavano perfettamente
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stephanie
so i decided to give tami hoag another chance, because i couldn't remember why i didn't read all her stuff in the first place.

this book reminded me.

this book rang in as a wannabe-grisham-type procedural, instead of a tightly paced thriller, which is what i was expecting. i didn't really care about any of the characters - ellen, jay, tony, the judge, josh, etc. etc. i didn't care about hannah, i didn't care about paul, i didn't care about father tom.

the only thing that kept me going was the fa
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Terry Cohoe
Dec 28, 2011 Terry Cohoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry by: grabbed randomly off library shelf
I really enjoyed this book, a thriller/romance that was complex, believable, and well-written. There were a lot of characters with distinct personalities, memorable personalities which made it easy to keep track of who everyone is and what role they were playing. The protagonist is a female lawyer who is believable, feels like a real person, behaves in a credible manner. The tension is constant, the action is realistic and exciting. It is a little dark in its subject matter, but not overly so. M ...more
Anirban Das
Dec 12, 2014 Anirban Das rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Disappointment. I expected a lot of answers from this book. But I got very few. The book was not engrossing, the only reason I finished it fast, was because I skipped a lot of pages.
Just like NIGHT SINS, this book wastes a lot of pages on relationships between the protagonists. I like a crime novel which throws up a fair amount of of clues, but this book is very much lacking in that respect.
Another favorite feature of mine, is the investigation part, the legwork, the truth digging drives. Here,
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Livia
Mar 15, 2016 Livia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller junkies
Good sequel! I read it right before the television adaptation entitled Night Sins premiered on tv.
Dark-Draco
Nov 07, 2014 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
'Night Sins' the first book in this 'duet', left enough questions and cliff-hangers to have me reaching for the sequel straight away. I liked the first book, but my initial reaction to the second wasn't positive. The main reason was it started to feel like a rehash of the first story ... Josh is still missing (although he came home at the end of the first one), and despite it focusing on new characters, they bare an uncanny resemblance to Mitch and Megan (ie. a strong, independent woman, attract ...more
Carol
Oct 16, 2015 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guiltypleasures
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Jason Hoffman
Aug 15, 2007 Jason Hoffman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicks who like chicks
This book was drawn out way too long. I really only enjoyed the last 100 pages or so when things started coming to an end. And the main character, Ellen North is a self righteous, hypocritical, bitch who can't control her emotions any better than a two-year-old. That’s all I have to say about that.
Deb
Aug 30, 2014 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps if I had known that this was a continuation of another book I would have liked it more, but I doubt it . The romance plot added nothing but irritation to the story. I would have had a restraining order taken out on that man.
Annabelle
I liked this book pretty well. The main plot is that there is a young boy, Josh, who has been taken, and prosecutor Ellen North in this suburban town thinks she knows the culprit, Professor Garrett Wright, a psychology professor. But the town think he is being persecuted. A real crime writer, Jay, comes to town to cover the story, but it turns out he has psychoanalytic motives. He just found out he had son the same age. I liked it, I kept reading even if it is long. And Ellen is a bit of bitch, ...more
Ed
May 27, 2016 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, action, thriller
#2 in the Deer Lake, MN series.

Deer Lake, MN series - A cold-blooded kidnapper has been playing a twisted game with a terrified Minnesota town. Now a respected member of the community stands accused of a horrific act of evil. But when a second boy disappears, a frightened public demands to know: Have the police caught the wrong man? Is the nightmare continuing--or just beginning? Prosecutor Ellen North believes she's building a case against a guilty man--and that he has an accomplice in the shad
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Rui Monteiro
Sep 20, 2015 Rui Monteiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tami Hoag mais uma vez conseguiu conquistar-me!
Emily
Mar 11, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the first in the series. I was again upset at the violent interactions between men and women (the man being overly aggressive and the woman always secretly loving it), but this was written 20 years ago so I guess I can look past it.

I wanted the reveal to be bigger and longer. I didn't think that Hoag adequately explained the killers' reasons and that would have enhanced the book for me. If it wasn't so readable I'd probably give it a lower star, but I wa
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Sridhar Babu
Feb 17, 2015 Sridhar Babu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AUTHOR..
TAMI HOAG..
CHARACTERS:
ELLEN NORTH, JAY BUTLER BROOKS, GARRET WRIGHT, KAREN WRIGHT, JOSH KIRKWOOD, PAUL KIRK WOOD, HANNAH KIRKWOOD, TONY COSTELLO, DUSTIN HOLLOMAN, DENNY ENBERG, MITCH, ADAM SLATER and others..

LOCATION
DEER LAKE...

PLOT...
This fiction is about the adventurous/painful journey of Deer Lakes's Assistant County Attorney and public Prosecutor Ellen North in seeking justice by convicting a cold blooded kidnapper, by fitting perfectly pieces of puzzle in the twisted game playe
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Max Anadon
So this is the sequel to Night Sins, and written in the same style. A continuation from the capture of Garrett Wright at the end of NS.

Assistant DA Ellen North taking over the lead female protagonist for Megan O'Malley. It's a case that looks like a slam dunk at first, but has just enough holes and complications, including frustrating facets of the judicial process (although maybe an attorney would know differently).

Ellen has moved away from the big city by choice, but has a history with a lawy
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Janet Horner
May 30, 2015 Janet Horner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Even after reading some of the less-than-glowing reviews about it. I didn't read Ms. Hoag's previous work.

The action takes place in a short amount of time and there are a lot of characters in the story. The author also asks the reader to keep up by (in my opinion) purposefully starting chapters with non-specific references, i.e. he or she. That style of writing keeps the reader on his/her toes. You must stay engaged to keep track of which character is the current POV. I lik
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Lisa
Feb 13, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
There's not a whole lot to say about this book without giving away important spoilers. Let me just say that crime drama is not usually my cup of tea. I don't care much for reading about humans doing unspeakable evil things. We get enough of that on the News. I prefer supernatural type of mysteries and drama because it's pure fantasy. With that being said, I didn't totally hate this book. It was well written and the prose was easy enough to follow. The lead female protagonist, Ellen North, is not ...more
Elizabeth
Having read, and loved, two of Tami Hoag's other books (Kill the Messenger and Dust to Dust), I had high hopes for this one, and it didn't disappoint. It did, however, read like an earlier effort -- perhaps slightly less polished than the other two. But that's a minor nitpick. The story held my interest. I genuinely liked Ellen (even though her constant leap to think the worst of people, especially Brooks, grated on my nerves a little). I also liked some of the secondary characters, and got tear ...more
Monique
Jan 30, 2016 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this #2 of 2. A thriller with very few obvious clues and lots of action/moving parts. I love that everything is not handed to the protagonists and tied up in a pretty package. Like the first book, I can really appreciate that this is an old book yet it did not show its age in the writing. Aside from lack of cell phones which was not blatantly missing as I would have thought, I hardly noticed that this was written twenty years ago!
Victoria Leal
I have heard nothing but amazing things about the author and was very much looking forward to finally reading one of her books but I was rather disappointed. It took me a very long time to actually get into the book. I felt like the book dragged in many places and in many instances I just wanted to stop reading it. I did however enjoy the plot of the book and may consider giving one of her other books a shot.
Caroline
Jan 02, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
The second book in the Deer Lake story & it continues on from Night Sins. I have to say that I still prefer Night Sins. The first book feels more intense and action-packed. This book is by its nature a little more sedentary as it's focuses more on the trial and the hard-work that the characters have to put in to pull together a case against the guilty party. There are certainly lots of twists & turns. And it's great fun to see how the case develops (or doesn't).

There are downsides. I th
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Eileen Mandell
Jan 25, 2016 Eileen Mandell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read Tami Hoag books before and LOVED her writing. This book is outstanding. It was very long but I loved EVERY MINUTE!!! The suspense was throughout the book. As I closed the book at the end, my heart was still pounding!!! She included romance, suspense, good character development and just enough description to keep me interested. I can't wait for her to write again!!!!
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