Saturday, December 20, 2008

Book - The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne
A mothers worst nightmare had come true and it was up to Detective Vince O'Mally to try to find the Prague kids. He found them, unfortunately it was too late and left Vince with heartache and a mandatory vacation. He had one clue left in his hand, so he followed it as it lead to a small town library, and a whole new mystery that could be connected. Holly Newman had a structured life, that was how she coped with everything until Vince showed up and messed up her schedule at first sight. The past needed to be held at bay for Holly, after watching as her little sister was kidnapped nearly 20 years earlier. For some reason, the nightmare and anxiety was back, Vince wanted to know about her history and things were falling apart but some how, Vince was able to help Holly face it all without breaking down, too bad. Holly couldn’t find the connection between her past and his case even though everything seemed to lead in that directions.

Amazing writing of a heartbreaking story. There are details of physical and sexual abuse, the emotional trauma of some many of the girls in this story is also told, all is done in a way to make it not about abuse, but more about the healing. The way that so many have coddled Holly, until Vince and then she showed her strength lends a lot to the credibility of the story. As a mother some of this was scary but as a reader, I could see that it was written as a mystery and romance. Enjoyed the character interaction, the group of overprotective men of the community and then women of strength. Adore Vince, the hard core New York Detective has a way about him. This book has a difficult subject for some to read, but it is well written and if you like happy ending, this has one.

Sep 25, 2008

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