Year of Publication: 2018
Author: Tami Hoag
Plot: 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 KJ has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well. Meanwhile Nick’s wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the devastation this woman is going through, but as detective she’s troubled: Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind? (Back of Cover)
My Review and Thoughts:
I am always a huge fan of Hoag’s writing. She has something about her that makes her stand out above a lot of the other writers in today’s vast book market. I think it’s her sense of adding a heart to her story, what I mean by that is she adds the deep, impressive emotional baggage that would transpire with a story like this. She makes you fathom the suspense. She makes you breath the tension. She allows you to push yourself to the edge and yet she holds you making sure you don’t fall over the story, she maintains your mind to the very end, and that is what The Boy does. This is another winner of a book. I was thoroughly bought by the story, characters and most of all the tension running rampant on the pages.
This is one of those books that I feel stands out. It’s one of those books that I feel should be embraced. It has an emotionally dramatic, stressful clarity all unfolding into a bright perfection of writing. This was one book that became a quick read because it never let me go, 1am, 2am, 3am, who needs sleep when you have an engrossing book.
Nicely, thick plotted. Suspenseful with a truly eyes catching mystery. Tami Hoag is a master storyteller that truly gives the reader a sense of life unfolding in all its brutal reality in the pages of the book. I have always been a huge fan of Hoag and she has never really let me down; I have always been entertained in her pages of written word, and The Boy is no different.
If I had one negative reality about this book is that is was way to long. It could have easily been chopped by hundred pages. I always feel sometimes she writes to much adding a lot of unnecessary realities to the premise of the book at hand. But with that said the book is still a solid read.
The saying that rings true is Tami Hoag is simply one of the best writers around. She is a writing powerhouse. I have to say The Boy is one tough monstrosity. A read like fresh watermelon on a hot summer day. This rang true as something special. I think The Boy is one of those books that should be read, expressed, talked about and most of all spread to others. I enjoyed this book without a doubt. The Cajun flair made me want to cook a huge pot of Gumbo.
Would I Return to it? : I always return to reading Hoag. This is also one of those books that could use a second reading somewhere in time.
Would I Recommend: Absolutely. A great mystery of intense truths. What is the truth? A wonderful suspense filled what the hell happened, what the hell is going on style of read. A perfect murder mystery.
My Rating: 4 out 5
Four Final Words: Twisted intensity. Plotted Perfection.