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Night Sins

(Deer Lake #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  10,112 ratings  ·  428 reviews
A sensational New York Times bestseller and subject of 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 witnesses
Mass Market Paperback, 541 pages
Published October 7th 1996 by Orion (first published 1995)
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~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~
4.5 Stars

Absolutely LOVED it. Great story, kickass heroine, compelling writing.


Harrison Ford look-alike hero?

Yes, I'm shallow like that.

I hate it when authors do that. Please stop putting images in my head I don't want. Let my own imagination take care of that.

Oh well. At least he was an awesome broody a-hole....
Carol Waters
Aug 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 21, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Nan Williams
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
2 stars because I finished it -_-.
Spoilers, maybe, I don't know.
This book was horrible! I know it was written in the nineties but God!! were the nineties this bad?! The characters are all such stereotypes.The police chief who moved to a small town after his wife and son were murdered and swore never to get emotionally attached again, the female field agent with a crappy childhood and daddy issues, the stunning news reporter with no conscience who sleeps with people for a scoop. Rolling your eyes
CD {Boulder Blvd}
This book and the second book in the series need to be read back to back. It's really one plot broken into two books based on the H/h romance. Well, not romance as it's definitely insta lust and sex. This book felt like it had a lot of filler which did not advance the plot or add to the characters' development. Plus it really ends with the plot unfinished which in my books, is a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers and serials. I like series, but not serials which leave me with the "this is incomple ...more
Michelle Jones
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Kimba Tichenor
Jan 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Sadly the book description was way better than the actual book. A young boy disappears from an ice rink in a small Minnesota town, prompting an investigation that shatters small town illusions. But this description with all its potential is as good as it gets. The characters are better described as caricatures and frankly any women should cringe at how Agent Megan O'Malley is represented. Repeatedly she makes bad decisions that go against everything that she believes in. Moreover for someone who ...more
This is story of a missing eight-years boy Josh Kirkwood and his family and how the involved cops faced his mysterious disappearance.

The author managed to keep the suspense until the end (no spoilers here) and describing the main characters lives around this crime.

4* Down the Darkest Road (Oak Knoll, #3)
4* Night Sins (Deer Lake, #1)
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
bit cheesey in parts but so glad of it, nowt else to read!
Mar 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
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
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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
Apr 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller junkies
Good thriller! I read it ages ago and only thought of it tonight when a buddy told me she started reading a Tami Hoag novel. I remember being excited when Night Sins was adapted for the small screen starring Valerie Bertinelli and Harry Hamlin. I gobbled up the sequel before the movie adaptation premiered on February 23, 1997.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-not-read
This has the feel of a book from the 70's or 80 with the sterotypes. Hard nosed agent trying to prove herself among the guys with her new assignment but she needs rescuing by the man she swears she won't get involved with. How did she make it this far with her short temper that causes her to lose her cool again and again and again. Women can be competent and do their jobs professionally but our main character leaves you cringing with her behavior sometimes.
Having said that, the plot was well do
Christina Rusin
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished.. so good! Can't wait to read Guilty as Sin
Shannon Dyer
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, mystery
Just as chilling as I remembered.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
540 pages of sub-zero chills as a small Minnesota town searchs for a missing boy. Strong female characters, lots of suspense and romance.
Jen Burgess
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
I couldn't even finish it. I kept forgetting where I was because it was so uninteresting that my mind would wander. I'd rather read the Hardy Boys.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I usually really like this author although I have found her to be inconsistent in the quality of her books. This one was pretty awful. It was twice as long as it needed to be and the characters did stupid things like fall into bed when it should have been about finding the missing child.
Kara Hansen
3.5 stars. I’ve always loved Tami Hoag, and was excited to start on a different series. This first book takes us to quaint and cozy Deer Lake, Minnesota. It’s January and the dead cold of winter, 1994. Young Josh Kirkwood vanishes from the local hockey arena. Enter Chief Mitch Holt and Agent Megan O’Malley, newly appointed field agent for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. While the sparks fly between these two, they both have the urgent goal of finding little Josh. Hoag does a fine job of set ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls-audio
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
Bob Corrigan
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Deana M
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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