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The Boy

(Broussard and Fourcade #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,924 ratings  ·  994 reviews
Now a New York Times bestseller

An unfathomable loss or an unthinkable crime? #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag keeps you guessing in her most harrowing thriller yet.

When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most
Paperback, 496 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Dutton Books (first published December 4th 2018)
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The Boy by Tami Hoag is a 2018 Dutton publication.

Wow! This is one of Hoag’s best and I’ve read many of her books over the years!!

When a young single mother is the victim of a late night home invasion which leaves her hospitalized, and her young son dead, Broussard and Fourcade must tiptoe through the murky waters of law enforcement politics and worrisome circumstantial evidence to find the truth.

The hot and steamy Louisiana humidity is almost palpable as the restless tension between the
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

A panic-stricken woman runs in the dead of night, battered and bloodied, desperate to find help. . .

The Boy is the second book in the Brousssard and Fourcade series but worked very well as a stand-alone novel for me. Nick Fourcade and his wife, Annie Broussard are both detectives working in the Cajun town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana. One night, Nick is called to a bloody crime scene which left a seven-year-old boy dead and his mother hospitalized. There is nothing at the crime scene
It's been a long while since I have read a Tami Hoag thriller, and this one is as good as the ones I remember. Set in Louisiana's swampy bayou country, the volatile Detective Sergeant Nick Fourcade is a man with a temper he can barely control, married to Detective Annie Broussard, a woman who has never come to terms with her traumatic family history, both based at the Partout Parish Sheriff's Office. They get a call in the middle of the night that no law enforcement officer wants, a young 7 year ...more
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

I loved this book. It was so good. Tami Hoag is a hit or miss with me and this one was a big hit. It was a very unpredictable read. So many different suspects and never guessed the killer.

Review soon!
" If one of the people in this night's story had turned left instead of right at some point in time, their paths might never have crossed, and KJ and Genevieve Gauthier would be home, asleep, and in safe beds."

Ain't that the almighty truth? When we are at the receiving end of someone else's decisions or we find ourselves in the headlights of an on-coming disaster in the making. It's not always going to play out right.

Tami Hoag has dipped back into her literary vault and resurrected two
Kat Valentine
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read!!! Back to the bayou with Nick fourcade and toniette! I love when authors revisit great characters from past books,we first met Nick and toniette in A Thin Dark Line. In this new book husband and wife are called in the middle of the night to a murder of a little boy and his mother who was seriously hurt and fighting for her life in the hospital. This was a tale full of many secrets and as many suspects too! Hoag is a excellent storyteller and knows how to keep you guessing til the ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A seven-year-old boy is brutally murdered, while his mother escapes injured and bloodied. As disturbing and puzzling facts come to light it’s up to Detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard sort them out, find the killer and bring him to justice. Solving the case is made more difficult by the new sheriff of Partout Parish who loves to make a show for the press all the while butting in and trying to control investigative procedure.

I first met Nick in Annie in A Thin Dark Line published back
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There wasn’t any part of this story that wasn’t monstrous.

This Southerm style thriller starts off with a flash of a bloodied young woman fleeing her home in the swamplands of Louisiana.
She’s left her young son behind in the house off an isolated road after a surprise home attack. It’s storming, humid, heavy rain falling, dark as night, she is not in her right mind as she’s running for help. She also is not sure if her young son is dead or alive or exactly what has happened. Well, that
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, mystery
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I can hardly wait! I love a good bayou mystery and Tami Hoag is really good at making the essence of that area come alive. The first Broussard and Fourcade book was years ago and I loved it. Her Doucet Series is one of my favorites, romance with a great mystery, just wonderful. Broussard and Fourcade Series, book one at least, is more mystery, but doesn't skimp on the romance.
Patrice Hoffman
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tami Hoag has been a favorite author of mine for so long. Her mystery thrillers are always fast paced, engaging, and captivating and The Boy is no different. Detective Nick Fourcade is called in to the devastating crime scene where a young boy was murdered, where his mother narrowly escapes from the same fate. Det. Fourcade, a father of a young boy, takes this murder personally and makes it his personal mission to find the killer.

Meanwhile, Detective Annie Broussard (Nick's wife), discovers that
*** 3.5 - 4 stars ***
Publication date: December 31, 2018.

This is book #2 in the Broussard and Fourcade series by Tami Hoag. This was my first read by Tami Hoag and I felt this read well as a standalone. Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard are married and detectives working in Louisiana. Genevieve Gauthier is found in the middle of the night trying to find help as her seven year old son was murdered by an intruder in their home. Overall, the mystery was impossible to figure out as the story was
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Boy by Tami Hoag was an exciting ride. From the first page I was thrown into a mystery so dark and related to the unthinkable brutal death of an innocent child. Who would do such a thing?

The first thing that impressed me was the setting. French Cajun has always been of interest to me and now I was introduced and immersed into this exclusive group and community. The French throughout was educational and added an authenticity.

The plot was believable and true to life. The pace of the novel was
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The Boy, a mystery/suspense novel, is the second in the Broussard and Fourcade series by author Tami Hoag. As a rule, I tend to shy away from books that are part of a same-character series, as I always feel a step behind if I pick up in the middle. Here, however, Hoag has written a haunting tale that stands alone—a harrowing story of neglected children, sexual and domestic abuse, misuse of power, and murder.

There is, first and foremost, a trigger here that needs to be reckoned with before the
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hoag revisits the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux in Louisiana with her second offering in the Nick Fourcade-Annie Broussard detective series. Narrator Hillary Huber does an excellent job immersing the reader in the region’s rich Louisiana accents—even including a smattering of pure French Patois. Hoag opens her latest novel with a wounded woman stumbling down the street seeking help. Her 7-year-old child is at home dead from knife wounds. Genevieve Gauthier’s account of what happened is confused ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, net-galley, arc
I credit Tami Hoag with getting my interested in the romance genre. Her romantic suspense novels got me into the genre during high school, and A Thin Dark Line was one of my favourites. I was completely surprised to see the author return to these characters so long after the first book, but obviously I was going to read the book. It was a treat to return to characters and peak into what happened after the events in the first book, and for me, those moments were certainly the highlight of The Boy ...more
Liz Barnsley
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I used to read everything by Tami Hoag but I’ve fallen victim to an insane to be read pile, The Boy seemed like the perfect novel to get back on track a bit. Best decision ever – within a few pages I remembered why I loved the writing entirely and the intensely absorbing plotting.

Nick Fourcade is my new bookish hero, along with partner both professional and personal Annie Broussard- these characters absolutely light up this twisty, disturbing and very emotional tale of murder and what a tale it
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Boy is the very first book I've read by Tamo Hoag, but I've been wanting to read her books for a while now. I was pleased to find out that I actually own the first book in this series, A Thin Dark Line, and I hope to find to read it someday.

The Boy is the tragic story about a murdered child. Married detective Nick Fourcad and Detective Annie Broussard are tasked to find the killer and it soon turns out that not everything is at it seems. There are secrets and even the mother of the murdered
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where has Tami Hoag been all my life and why have I never read her before? This is my first by this author and it was so good, a lovely dark, intense, disturbing, and at times heartbreaking, bit of crime fiction. I loved the chemistry between the two main characters and the humid, sweaty setting of the Louisiana bayou. I also loved how well plotted and unpredictable it was, it kept me guessing all the way. 5 big ol' shiny stars and I'll definitely be reading more by this author.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The 2-star rating is more about how little I personally appreciated this book then the reflection on its writing or its storytelling. Honestly, this was a downer story, making me feel gloomy all through the book. What it boils down to is young teenagers being bullied and being misunderstood to the point where they do the unthinkable. Actually, it's more generations of those lost souls coming together in one place. Personally, I had so hoped for a more police procedural story, yep, give me Kovak ...more
Oh man, I’m so happy I jumped back into thrillers with this book.

I loved Annie and Nick from the previous book and had no idea they had another one. They have such a great relationship: they’re both smart and tough, but can be vulnerable and open with each other. Of course there’s chemistry no matter what they’re doing.

Plot wise, it was perfection. There’s a lot of secondary characters and a lot of moving pieces. That just made me second guess everyone and kept the tension at an all time high.
Paula Brandon
Detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard are married and become involved in the murder of young 7 year old KJ Gauthier, who has been viciously stabbed to death. His mother Genevieve is somewhat of an enigma, as various stories emerge about her past. Nick is also dealing with a new boss, Kelvin Dutrow, who he doesn't get along with. Things only get messier for Nick, who already has an unsolved sexual assault on an autistic teenager on his hands, and then he's hit with the disappearance of the ...more
This is NOT an easy story. It deals with the dark side of human nature and how the face a person shows the public does not always match the one behind closed doors. Murder, abuse, rape, assault, abuse of power, attempted suicide, attempted murder, skeevy landlords and their hidden cameras, sociopaths in the making. I don't even know where to begin with this story.

I have been a fan of Tami Hoag for a long time, but it's been a while since I've read her. This was an excellent reunion. I wasn't
Kat, lover of bears...
Louisiana is on my bucket list for destinations to visit. This book was filled with atmospheric descriptions of the Cajun Parrish of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana. Each character is unique and multifaceted.

The beginning of the book instantly immerses the reader into the hellish nightmare of Genevieve Gauthier, a poor, single mom and I was immediately drawn in. The next several chapters were a little dry as lead detective Nick Fourcade and partner/ wife Detective Annie Broussard began interviewing
Natalie M
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic. A brilliant character-driven psychological crime thriller that is highly complex and so full of unexpected twists and turns, I couldn’t put it down. The sheer depth of how strongly I felt about the characters is indescribable and Hoag has done a sensational job developing these feelings for readers. I cannot wait for another instalment of this husband & wife detective duo, from the Deep South.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
A wonderfully,tightly plotted who-dunnit,fast paced, exciting and surprising. Highly recommended.
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
*4.5 Stars

There is something about a heinous crime that grabs my attention. A seven-year-old boy is brutally beaten in his own home, Hoag had my attention.

The Boy is the second book in the Broussard and Fourcade series and my first venture into the small town of Bayou Breaux. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything, the author seamlessly filled in any gaps that I may have been missing from book one.

The Boy is an expertly crafted who-done-it. I felt pulled into the mystery of the story, trying
Mar 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest, this bored me to sleep each time I picked it up - I was lucky if I managed 15 mins at a timre reading it, which for me clearly signifies it's not my cup of tea.

So at 23%, I've given up.

This was my first Tami Hoag, and I just couldn't bring myself to care about the characters, not even the "victims".

I don't think I'll be bothering with another of hers - some authors you love, others you just don't get on with.

This is one my side-swerve authors for the future :)
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t finish this. I got about half way through and just couldn’t stand to read about any of these characters any longer. I’ve enjoyed some of her other books but I thought this one was a disaster.
Chris Conley
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tami Hoag has the astounding gift of creating a story with both devastating elements that also gives hope. This is one of those stories.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Trigger warning: Sexual assault of minor, domestic violence, suicide attempts

"The Boy" is the second book in Tami Hoag's Broussard and Fourcade series. The twosome are now happily (okay somewhat happily) married for several years and their young son. They are dealing with upheaveal in their department with a new sheriff in charge who wants things done his way. Detective Nick Fourcade is dealing with fall-out of not being able to close a case which involved an autistic young girl being molested
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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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