Syracuse, New York Detective Vince O'Mally always keeps
his professional distance during an investigation, but this
one haunts him due to the desperate pleas of Sara Prague.
No happy ending as Vince and his partner discover the
murdered corpses of little Bobby and Kara. A few days
later, Chief Rogers removes his two detectives from the
case as the FBI claims jurisdiction since similar homicides
in the nearby states have also occurred. The Chief informs
Vince to take leave or see the shrink because he seems
haunted and is acting obsessed.
Unable to drop it, Vince follows his only clue, a
library book that takes him to Dilmun, New York. He meets
Holly Newman, who years ago managed to escape a similar
abduction, but whose sister is assumed dead. The culprit
resides in prison, but Vince thinks otherwise. He believes
the answer is locked inside the mind of Holly if he can
only reach her, but he never expected to love her too.
THE GINGERBREAD MAN is an exciting non-stop thriller
that fans of police investigations, serial killers, and
romantic suspense will read in one sitting. The tone is
set early as the audience will feel as haunted by the
Prague siblings and their pleading mother as much as
Vince. Other characters grab the audience in similar
fashion as the cast adds depth and chills to this stalwart
story line. Maggie Shayne deserves wider recognition for
her strong portrayal of the trauma left with survivors
struggling to overcome tragedy.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 17, 2001