Book Review: The Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne


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.


This book sounded very much like a book I would enjoy, but I found it quite hard going. I didn’t like the characters as much as I wanted to, which no doubt was why I found the book so hard going and it was unfortunately, for me, very predictable. The pace varied too much and stalled about 50% of the way through.

This didn’t quite work for me possibly because I have read much better in this genre.

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