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2018
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Booklist Reviews

Louisiana cops Annie Broussard and Nick Fourcade, whom readers last met in 1997's A Thin Dark Line, return in another cleverly plotted, atmospheric mystery. A young boy has been savagely murdered. His mother somehow escapes the same fate; covered in blood, she turns up at a neighboring house begging for help. While Nick takes charge of the grisly crime scene, Annie is at the hospital with the mother, and it isn't long before doubts start to accumulate: Why is there nothing to indicate that the murderer broke into the house? Why would someone butcher the boy but leave the mother unharmed? Why does the mother's story feel wrong? The day after the murder, the boy's 12-year-old babysitter goes missing. An unrelated crime? Or something far more sinister? Hoag puts on quite the juggling act here, dazzling us with multiple theories about the boy's murder, numerous potential suspects, and plot twists that keep us just slightly off-balance. A welcome return for a compelling investigative duo. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

Though it's a stand-alone, this new novel stars detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard of Hoag's A Thin Dark Line (1997). They're investigating a break-in that has left Genevieve Gauthier's seven-year-old son dead but Genevieve inexplicably unharmed. Why would the murderer leave any witnesses? Why does the boy's 13-year-old babysitter vanish the next day? Hoag's last three hardcovers all debuted in the top ten of the New York Times best sellers list.

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Library Journal Reviews

Though it's a stand-alone, this new novel stars detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard of Hoag's A Thin Dark Line (1997). They're investigating a break-in at the home of Genevieve Gauthier that has left her seven-year-old son dead but Genevieve inexplicably unharmed. Why would the murderer leave any witnesses? Why does the boy's 13-year-old babysitter vanish the next day? Is Genevieve victim or perpetrator? Expect lots; Hoag's last three hardcovers all debuted in the top ten of the New York Times best sellers list. Originally scheduled for July 2017.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Library Journal Reviews

In this stand-alone, detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard are investigating a break-in at the home of Genevieve Gauthier that has left her seven-year-old son dead but Genevieve inexplicably unharmed. Why would the murderer leave any witnesses? Why does the boy's 13-year-old babysitter vanish the next day? Is Genevieve victim or perpetrator? Rescheduled from July 2017 and December 2017.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Annex Reviews

Early in bestseller Hoag's thoughtful, character-driven sequel to 1998's A Thin Dark Line, Nick Fourcade, a detective with the Bayou Breaux, La., police department, arrives at "a small, sad rectangle of cheap siding and asphalt shingles squatting on concrete block pilings in a yard of dirt and weeds." Inside is the body of seven-year-old KJ Gauthier. The boy, dressed in Spider-Man pajamas, is lying in a pool of blood in his bedroom, stabbed some 10 times in the chest and face. His 27-year-old mother, Genevieve, escaped from the assailant and is in the hospital being questioned by Nick's wife and fellow detective, Annie Broussard. The detectives wonder: Why kill the boy and let a witness go? The subsequent disappearance of 12-year-old Nora Florette, KJ's babysitter, gives the members of the small community of Bayou Breaux even more reason to be fearful. Meanwhile, tension between Nick and the new sheriff of Partout Parish, Kelvin Dutrow, "an outsider, a usurper; too stiff, too arrogant, too brash," complicates the investigation. Hoag keeps the twists and turns coming all the way to the shocking conclusion. Agent: Andrea Cirillo, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Dec.)

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Author Biography

TAMI HOAG is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books. There are more than forty million copies of her books in print in more than thirty languages. 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. She lives in CA. - (Penguin Putnam)

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When a 7-year-old boy is brutally murdered at the same time his 13-year-old babysitter goes missing, detectives Nick and Annie sift through a grieving mother's troubled past to uncover the truth. By the best-selling author of Night Sins. - (Baker & Taylor)

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

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

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 confusing he's ever seen. Genevieve's seven-year-old son, K.J., has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick's wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through, but as a detective she's troubled by a story that makes little sense. Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind?

When the very next day K.J.'s sometimes babysitter, thirteen-year-old Nora Florette, is reported missing, the town is up in arms, fearing a maniac is preying on their children. With pressure mounting from a tough, no-nonsense new sheriff, the media, and the parents of Bayou Breaux, Nick and Annie dig deep into the dual mysteries. But sifting through Genevieve Gauthier's tangled web of lovers and sorting through a cast of local lowlifes brings more questions than answers. Is someone from Genevieve's past or present responsible for the death of her son? Is the missing teenager, Nora, a victim, or something worse? Then fingerprints at the scene change everything when they come back to a convicted criminal: Genevieve herself.

The spotlight falls heavily on the grieving mother who is both victim and accused. Could she have killed her own child to free herself of the burden of motherhood, or is the loss of her beloved boy pushing her to the edge of insanity? Could she have something to do with the disappearance of Nora Florette, or is the troubled teenager the key to the murder? How far will Nick and Annie have to go to uncover the dark truth of the boy? - (Penguin Putnam)

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