MOTHER. LIAR. MURDERER?
In the sleepy Lousiana town of Bayou Breaux, a mother runs to her neighbour – bloody and hysterical. The police arrive to find Genevieve Gauthier cradling her seven-year-old son in her arms as he bleeds to death.
Detective Nick Fourcade finds no evidence of a break-in. His partner Detective Annie Broussard is troubled by parts of Genevieve’s story that don’t make sense. Twenty four hours later teenager Nora Florette is reported missing. Local parents fear a maniac is preying on their children, and demand answers from the police.
Fourcade and Broussard discover something shocking about Genevieve’s past. She is both victim and the accused; a grieving mother and a woman with a deadly secret. Could she have something to do with the disappearance of teenager Nora Florette?
I used to read everything by Tami Hoag but I’ve fallen victim to an insane to be read pile, The Boy seemed like the perfect novel to get back on track a bit. Best decision ever – within a few pages I remembered why I loved the writing entirely and the intensely absorbing plotting.
Nick Fourcade is my new bookish hero, along with partner both professional and personal Annie Broussard- these characters absolutely light up this twisty, disturbing and very emotional tale of murder and what a tale it was.
Completely unpredictable and stunningly emotive, The Boy is an intelligent thriller, the investigative strands are beautifully handled, the sense of place is pitch perfect and it is excellent and completely riveting first page to last.
Tami Hoag has a way of embedding the characters and the action into your consciousness, this is a book I talked at as I went, often clutching my head in dismay both for and at the people I was reading about. I genuinely didn’t see the solution coming and when it did I was floored by it and it’s one of those endings that will resonate with me for a long time.
Truly excellent crime fiction.