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Cry Wolf

(Doucet #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,075 ratings  ·  265 reviews
In the rural parishes of Louisiana's French Triangle, young women are disappearing one by one, only to turn up on the banks of the bayou, strangled and cast aside where they are sure to be found. But there is one trophy the killer prizes above all others, one woman who must be silenced forever . . . Attorney Laurel Chandler did not come back to Bayou Breaux to seek justice ...more
Paperback, 527 pages
Published April 7th 1994 by Orion (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book much more than I thought I would. It may not be a very short book but it’s an easy and fast read. There are some things that bother me (I list them below) but I still enjoyed it a lot.

To my utterly astonishment I quite like the main characters - Laurel and Jack. And I’m surprised because as much as I like tortured characters, Laurel and Jack are not the best example of well-crafted troubled souls. Especially Jack who is a bit inconsistent to me. But somehow I ended up liking th
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was an outstanding third book into this series. I enjoyed the story line and how all the characters were coming together. Excellent touch of mystery to it. You got your self a great book if romance with mystery is what you're looking for.
Asghar Abbas
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it

haha, lame, nice try. It did give True Blood, the show not the books, vibe though. That's why I read this in 2008.

Nice cover, but not enough.
May 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
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Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-2018-read, 5-stars
Very good

4.5 ⭐

This was a great book, and still just as good on the reread
I enjoyed Laurel and Jack to a certain extent as well. Both were troubled characters that were fighting for survival in everyday life.
I felt for Laurel the most as she was stuck in her upbringing and I really enjoyed her casting off those ties at the end. She fought for herself and for her sister. She had a quiet strength that kept her going long after everyone expected her to stop
Jack I also liked but I had a harder time
I don’t know if it’s the setting but the truth is that I always find myself completely absorbed with stories set in the Louisiana bayous. And I really wanted to read Hoag again after having enjoyed Dark Paradise so much. So one night this week I picked this one to read before bed time and the truth is that I just couldn’t stop and was kept awake half the night trying to finish it.

Laurel Chandler used to be a public prosecutor and after having lost a child abuse case she has a nervous breakdown
TBR Challenge 2012: May Challenge- Read a book published prior to 2000.
TBR Challenge 2012: Personal Challenge- Cry Wolf has been on my to-read list since March 2010.

Grade C+
Lucky's Lady is one of my favorite romantic suspense books, and I looked forward to reading Cry Wolf when I saw it was labeled Doucet #3. Other than sharing the Bayou setting and having a one line mention of Lucky Doucet, there is nothing to tie this book to the others. Lucky's Lady also dealt with family troubles and a tortu
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paris        (kerbytejas)
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
For me 90% of the book had just to much family drama, making feel like it was a daytime soap. The last 10% finally got back to the mystery,but it was just rushed.
Nov 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Brooke Sillaby
Round up to 3.5 stars.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book
Tonya Coleman
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I really liked this one. A good mystery that had me guessing at first and a romance in there too with some deep family secrets. A good and fast read forme. I finished it in one sitting.
It is not fair to rate a book I read 26 pages of one star, but I did. There is no reason for the amount of bad language, especially in so few pages that I read. Sorry. Not for me.
I was told I need to read more outside of my favorite genres, so I went to the library and picked the first title that caught my eye.

I don't read thrillers. Especially ones that are romance heavy. I was under the impression that this would be some mix of Criminal Minds + Law and Order. Instead I got something that you would find on the Lifetime network. In my opinion, that is not a good thing. In my head, Lifetime = melodramatic romance mixed with some violence for spice demon
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I first read Cry Wolf when I was fifteen. I remember becoming completely absorbed in the story, the author’s descriptions of the bayous and the different facets of Louisiana culture. Half a lifetime later, I’m pleased that the story is still good, the characters still vivid, and the conclusion, still quite dramatic.

Written in the early part of the nineties, computers are hardly in evidence (Newspaper clippings? Really? But I kid!), cell phones aren’t mentioned, and it would be nearly a decade be
Jerry B
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
We typically find Tami Hoag’s novels to be suspenseful mystery/thrillers, often with a female leading character. In “Wolf”, Laura Chandler fills that role, an attorney who returns to her Cajun homeland in Louisiana after a career-busting loss as an assistant DA in a prominent case in Georgia. Yet most of the book is really more a soap opera about Laura's improbable and almost immediate romance with local rogue Jack Boudreaux, himself a disbarred lawyer who is now a wealthy and successful murder/ ...more
Barbara ★
Laurel Chandler, a lawyer returning home in disgrace, meets a local man, Jack Boudreaux, also a lawyer though disbarred, and falls in love. Most of the story is Laurel's healing from a mental breakdown and dealings with Jack while all along she is determined that the last thing she needs is a relationship. Her bad childhood and his draw them together like white on rice. When the local serial killer strikes close to home, things heat up and Laurel finally gets her feet under her and gets back in ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I normaly am not one for mysteries, but this book is exceptional! My first time reading it, I couldn't put it down and that was sixteen years ago. I have since then read it several times and it never changes as one of my favorites. Not only is there a murder to solve, but a great romance between the main characters Jack and Laurel. Sexual tension, great word play between the two of the them, humor and dark, emotionally tortured people. You won't want to miss it.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I haven't read Tami Hoag before. I don't read books where supposedly smart women throw themselves at verbally abusive disrespectful jerks because they need to be dominated, so this will also be the last.
Sandy Pfefferkorn
This is more of a schlocky romance story with a serial killer thrown in for good measure rather than just a mystery. (Another reviewer said that the book was originally marketed as a romance when it was first published.) I've read other books by Tami Hoag; this was NOT one of her better ones.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a little slow at first. I am torn between a 3 and 4 for this book. I liked the book, but I got a little tired of the I am not good enough to have a relationship part of this book. Which is the majority of this book.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Three stars just because I liked Savannah and Jack.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictional-crime
DNF halfway through the book. The characters didn't grab my attention and the story was long winded about their pasts. I just didn't care to read on.
Sonya madden
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
my first Tsmi hoag and I loved it!
1.5 Stars

1. Tami Hoag can be a good writer. I can see it in the other two books she's written that I recently read. The story progression isn't absurdly staunched or anything like that. And she can be good with words. Unfortunately, I think she tried WAY too hard to emphasize EVERYTHING in this book. The purple prose is strong with this one, suffocating and deliberate in its plight to squeeze meaning into every scene and every dialogue and every action.

It got tacky.

The only part of the writing I
*The Angry Reader*
This was a lot of work, and I'm not sure the payoff was worth it. Not a bad book, but a long book. An intense book. A book full of emotions and bad juju and sadness and frustration.

Laurel comes home after her career and marriage crash. She's a fragile mess. Then she's set upon by her insane family. "Be a good daughter, Laurel. Don't rock the boat, Laurel. Always say the right thing, Laurel." And a cajun charmer who may be a good guy...or not. "She was caught in the beam of that intense, dark ga
Melissa Arenson
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library, mystery
Predictable. And dull. Initially, I was engaged in the plot. I was interested in the relationships and murders. But shortly into the novel ideas simply start repeating. Instead of developing characters, we get the same inane repeated ideas of "I'm bad for you" or "I'm not good enough" again and again and again and again. And again. By the time the author sees fit to fill us in on the details, we've already figured the backstory out. In some cases, 100s of pages previously. And the murderer, whic ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in Cajun French.
As shared when I read "Lucky's Lady" (Doucet #2) by Tami Hoag, this novel also reminded me of my own visits to Louisiana...From previous review "When I lived in Houston, TX for a short time, we would sometimes go over to Louisiana and in various small towns, one could hear the sharing of conversation in Cajun French. Conversations always seemed a little more heartfelt as one would listen. For anyone that is familiar, this book will strike a beautiful chord. For anyone not familiar, one will find ...more
Bill Shuey
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book written by Ms. Hoag that I have read. The story line is interesting, the characters compelling, and the twists and turns keeps one interested.

The problem I had with the book is that it portrayed the heroine as both weak and strong; whining and crying one minute and exhibiting strength of character the next. Towards the end of the novel the plot became sorta predictable but that is normally the case with any book.

All in all a well written novel by a female about a female an
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