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Gingerbread Man [NOOK Book]

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Publisher’s Weekly Raves: “A moving mix of high suspense and romance, this haunting Halloween thriller will propel readers to bolt their doors at night.”

“A gripping story of small town secrets. The suspense will keep you guessing. The characters will steal your heart.” –New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner

Since the day her baby sister was taken, Holly’s mind hasn’t been the same. PTSD, panic attacks, nightmares and blocked memories ...

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Overview

Publisher’s Weekly Raves: “A moving mix of high suspense and romance, this haunting Halloween thriller will propel readers to bolt their doors at night.”

“A gripping story of small town secrets. The suspense will keep you guessing. The characters will steal your heart.” –New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner

Since the day her baby sister was taken, Holly’s mind hasn’t been the same. PTSD, panic attacks, nightmares and blocked memories have plagued her ever since. And now they’ve returned.

Hard-edged Detective Vince O’Malley’s most recent case penetrated even his protective shell. Ordered to take time off to recover, he can’t let go, and on his own, follows the clues to Holly’s small upstate NY town.

His presence stirs ghosts from the past, shadows of a little girl lost, the suspicions of some tight-lipped locals with secrets to hide, and more than that inside Holly’s fragile mind and untouched heart.

“Maggie Shayne's books have a permanent spot on my keeper shelf. She writes wonderful stories combining romance with page-turning thrills, and I highly recommend her to any fan of romantic suspense.” –New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Robards

Want more novels like this one? Look for SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON and WAKE TO DARKNESS, beginning in September 2013. Gingerbread Man includes an exclusive extended excerpt from SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON.

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Editorial Reviews

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After promising a distraught mother he'd find her missing children, Detective Vince O'Mally discovers their mutilated corpses in an abandoned house. Tormented by images of the horrific crime scene, Vince is forced to quit the case by his superiors and take a vacation. Instead, Vince heads to Dilmun, a small town in upstate New York, to follow up a seemingly insignificant lead. At the town's tiny police department, Vince meets Holly Newman, a pretty but troubled woman who has never recovered from losing her own sister to a child killer more than twenty years ago. Convinced the cases are connected, Vince pushes Holly to recall long buried memories; in the process, he falls in love with her. With a killer on their trail and another child's abduction augmenting their sense of urgency, Holly and Vince team up with the local police and the FBI to track down the killer. Shayne's (The Texas Brand, etc.) haunting tale is intricately woven, and her quirky supporting characters including a retired horror movie star, his mysterious young niece and an omnipresent Native American physician will capture the reader's sympathy. A moving mix of high suspense and romance, this haunting Halloween thriller will propel readers to bolt their doors at night. (Oct. 2) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045198387
  • Publisher: Maggie Shayne
  • Publication date: 8/4/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 39,813
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne has published more than 50 novels and 23 novellas. She has written for 7 publishers and 2 soap operas, has racked up 15 Rita Award nominations and actually, finally, won the damn thing in 2005.Maggie lives in a beautiful, century old, happily haunted farmhouse named “Serenity” in the wildest wilds of Cortland County, NY, with her soul-mate, Lance. They share a pair of English Mastiffs, Dozer & Daisy, and a little English Bulldog, Niblet, and the wise guardian and guru of them all, the feline Glory, who keeps the dogs firmly in their places. Maggie’s a Wiccan high priestess (legal clergy even) and an avid follower of the Law of Attraction
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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Maggie Shayne

Barnes & Noble: Would you share with readers your views on suspense, romance, and the chilling themes you explore in The Gingerbread Man?

Maggie Shayne: Whether labeled as such or not, I think every book I've every written has been, more or less, a romantic suspense. I have always put tremendous effort into making each book a page turner: The harder it is for the reader to put it down, the better I've done my job. To me, romance and suspense go hand in hand. What's more suspenseful than wondering how two wonderful people can manage to get together in spite of the world going crazy around them?

B&N: What did you most enjoy about creating Vince O'Mally, the cop who needs to keep his professional distance, and the man who's got a history of needing to be needed?

MS: What I love best about Vince is his irresistible need to help. He wants to make things better for people, especially women.

It isn't sexual or predatory. To me, it's an echo of the old code of chivalry: the idea that when you make a promise, you keep it, and that you always try to help those in trouble. I love the fact that Vince, even though he has this innate quality, is so uncomfortable with it. And I love that he has to step back a little, in spite of himself, to let Holly find that she can help herself. This is his real challenge, recognizing the strength in her and giving her the chance to tap into it, rather than just rushing in to save the day.

I think between the two of them, trust and respect are very important. If Vince breaks Holly's trust, ever, I don't think he would win it back easily. Fortunately, he's too noble a man to do that, and has too much respect for her.

B&N: Holly is smart, perceptive, and determined, but her background of guilt and loss has left her vulnerable. Why did you set things up so most people would see her as fragile, while Vince also sees her strengths?

MS: I enjoy heroines who grow and come into their own during the course of a story. Holly was probably the most emotionally screwed up heroine I have ever written about. At first she was very focused on her own past, her own pain, her own ghosts. She had to eventually let go of all of that to focus on the present. If she hadn't been able to do that, the killer would have managed to get away with his crimes. That's a real heroine to me. Not someone who starts out strong and perfect and together, but someone who has faults and flaws and challenges, and still manages to find her own feminine power and use it to conquer her demons. That's what this genre is about, when you get right down to it. That's why women read it -- it's empowering.

B&N: What made you decide not to include the paranormal in The Gingerbread Man, when you've used it with such success in so many of your other books?

MS: I love paranormal, as many readers already know. However, there are some issues that I think are best addressed without the distraction of a paranormal element, and the issue of child predators is one of them. Sometimes more reality is better, and that's what I was going for with this story. I didn't want a lot of over-the-top elements detracting from it. I want people to be uncomfortable with the reality of it; I want them to think about it after the book is done.

Some of the realities in this story happen all the time. Some mothers don't believe their children when they work up the nerve to tell them about abuse, and others want so badly to believe it isn't so that they can't see the obvious. Child molesters are routinely convicted and sentenced to anything from probation to two years, and they rarely serve their time.

The reality is that one out of four girls in this country are molested before they get out of high school. Most child predators don't kill their victims, but they always kill their innocence. That's not a situation the mothers of this nation can continue to tolerate. I want to reach women with this book, and talk about that very real issue. I want to make readers mad, so they'll speak out for tougher sentences, and zero tolerance for pedophiles.

B&N: It sounds as if you'd like to hear from readers. How would you like them to contact you?

MS: I encourage people to visit my web site at www.maggieshayne.com for all the latest news about my books. While letters may not be answered until I have a newsletter to send out, I still love to hear from readers at P.O. Box 180, South Otselic, NY 13155-0180, or they can contact me via email at Maggie@MaggieShayne.com, where it's easier for me to give a quick response.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2001

    Romantic Suspense in the Truest Sense

    In a departure from the fantasy element of earlier novels, Ms. Shayne has delivered one of her best yet, a novel rich with spine-tingling mystery and an abundance of suspense. <br><br> Syracuse police detective Vince O¿Mally oversteps the bounds of his profession and becomes too involved in his latest case. Two children are found murdered, and the only clue he discovers is an old library edition of THE GINGERBREAD MAN. That one clue leads him to Dilmun, New York, a small town on Cayuga Lake. <br><br> There, Vince encounters Holly Newman, last-known borrower of THE GINGERBREAD MAN, and secretary to the Dilmun Chief of Police. Vince and Holly¿s paths keep crossing, and he senses that she could provide a connection to his recent case. Holly, deftly portrayed as the fragile, yet strong heroine, can¿t decide whether she is attracted to or disturbed by the very forthright Vince. <br><br> Suddenly, many of Holly¿s old fears return as strange happenings grip the town of Dilmun leaving Holly and Vince in the eye of the storm. With a truly skillful manifestation of clues and possible suspects, the reader is kept guessing as much as any of the players. As Holly and Vince get closer to the truth and to each other, an eerily familiar series of events forces Holly to come to terms with her past. Can they catch the killer before it is too late? <br><br> In some novels, the suspense is over long before the book is finished. Not so in this case, as the answer to ¿who done it?¿ is made known when it should be, at the novel¿s conclusion. The nail-biting conclusion will leave readers white-knuckled for some time to come. <br><br> True romance readers won¿t be disappointed, either, as the love scenes become more memorable because they are not overplayed. With sizzling love scenes and suspense that just won¿t quit, Ms. Shayne has created a praise-worthy novel truly deserving of its classification as romantic suspense.

    21 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2002

    intriguing book that leaves you wanting more

    amazing to read, made you feel as if you were an actual part of the story, standing there watching from afar

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Wow!

    What a page turner Could not put it down

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    GREAT!

    Keeps your attention through the whole book.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Wow

    Wow this book was great. It had me on the edge of my seat eager to turn to the next page!!! Loved it!!!
    HappyReading

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    a book that finally keeps my attention

    i like it so far, it is grabbing and descriptive.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Very good

    I enjoyed this suspense, murder mystery. Very well written. Vince and Holly's chemistry kept you glued. 253 Nook pages.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    This is a romantic story filled with suspense and love of family

    This is a romantic story filled with suspense and love of family.  Kept my attention and was a great  read!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Excellent!

    A quick and exciting read! Loved this book.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

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    THE BEST BOOK EVER I HAD EVERY ONE AS A SUSPECT BEFORE I HAD AN 99% GUESS. AND I STILL WAS NOT RIGHT? MUST READ

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    Great Romantic Suspense! Way to go Maggie

    Great Romantic Suspense! Way to go Maggie

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Great book

    But****** this was a very intriging book. At about page 168 there was a very graphic sex act. Totally unnecessary.. some foul language. Why do authors feel they have to include such filth. I will not read another of this author. If you can skip over a couple pages of filth the balan e of the book is good. 3 stars because they feel readers want this, think again,,!!!! Without tat it could have been a 5.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Great Book!

    Very well written. I couldn't put it down, great plot twists!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Just as great as the first time

    I read this years ago and the story stayed with me. The characters are strong and well developed, as is the story. It has the elements of classic suspense with modern sensibilty, creating adeliciously dark and entertaining read. This is definitely a keeper.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    excellent book

    One of the best books I have ever read. Well written, great plot, suspenseful, well developed characters. This would make a great movie. I want to read more from this excellent author.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Very good book!

    It's a free book so to be honest, my expectations weren't high. Luckily I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

    Don't get me wrong, there were some minor spelling and grammar errors most of which looked like the typos you get when you type too fast.

    The plot kept my interest although halfway through I was sure I knew who the killer was (I was right).

    The thing I enjoyed the most about this book were the characters. Personally, I love flawed characters; not train wrecks but human. These characters are perfect in that they are imperfect.

    Holly can be a hysterical mess and moody but can also be strong and a fighter.

    Detective Vince has a weakness for helping broken women even at the cost of his own mental well being.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommended it to anyone who wants to spend a cold night curled up with a good book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    I enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down for a second!!  Rec

    I enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down for a second!!  Recommend Very Highly!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    LOVED IT!

    This was a great book, more a murder mystery then a romance, very well written....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Usually I have not found this caliber of a book for free. Maggie

    Usually I have not found this caliber of a book for free. Maggie Shayne has written a psychological thriller based on child abduction and a small towns desire to sweep it under and forget about it. This book holds your attention from page 1. The characters are believable and you actually start to bond with them and actually feel their pain. I do recommend this book anh hope there is a follow up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    Excellent story--well-written! Shayne weaves a story about a sur

    Excellent story--well-written!
    Shayne weaves a story about a survivor of an attempted abduction, though she's had to live with the fact that she couldn't save her sister from the same fate.

    Twists and turns keep you guessing and anticipating what might happen next. Who might be the villain, and who ends up a hero?
    I gave it one less star because the detailed sex scene seemed unnecessarily graphic for this type of story.
    However, I very much enjoyed the tension and the story. Recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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