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The Boy

By: Tami Hoag
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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, KJ, 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 KJ’s sometimes babysitter, twelve-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 everything changes when Genevieve's past as a convicted criminal comes to light.

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 sitter the key to the murder? How far will Nick and Annie have to go to uncover the dark truth of the boy?

©2018 Tami Hoag (P)2018 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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The boy: Mysterious and Intriguing

A great story, that kept me listening and wanting to know the answers to the mysteries of the story.

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A perfect pair

I loved the 2 main characters is this book . A smart sexy Frenchman
and his equally smart wife. Can't wait to read more about this pair

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Boring

The story started well and grabbed your interest unfortunately it ended up being very tedious. Characters were very stereotypical and despite whole chapters devoted to “insights” into their thoughts, you just got more of the same information. Very repetitive. The ending was ridiculous lacking any reality. I found the narrator’s voice grating. If the start wasn’t so good I would not have bothered to listen to the rest. A disappointment!

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Entertaining

While I enjoyed this book, I found the mid west accents slightly annoying even though I realise this is part of it all.

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  • shelley
  • 04-01-2019

Like watching dominos...

As a long time fan of Tami Hoag, I've been looking forward to the release of this book. Although I enjoyed the story I don't think this is one of Hoag's best.
The book starts out with the murder of a young boy, his mother fleeing from her life (and to try to get help). I thought the book started getting bogged down with the initial investigation. Then about 1/2 way through the tension ratcheted back up again and maintained a taut storyline with unexpected twists and turns right up to the end.
The characters are fleshed out, including a stepford wife or two, a sheriff who take his power too seriously and a family who lives in too much fear of consequences
Hillary Huber does a thoroughly outstanding job narrating especially Nick's French accent.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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85 of 86 people found this review helpful

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  • Desiree Zyla
  • 04-01-2019

Great work!

I did not expect that ending! I couldn't stop listening. Every time I thought I knew who did it I was left wrong and surprised!

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  • DeeAnn Porter
  • 15-01-2019

It was okay....

It was a pretty good book but did not like the Cajun narration. It sounded like a 50 year old woman who smoked three packs of cigarettes a day, not a mysterious Cajun man. Also, was any else annoyed with how the fiancé got the better of the detective 3 or 4 times? Seriously?

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  • D. Freeman
  • 14-01-2019

Normally a good narrator but...

If you are going to narrate a book with a lot of Cajun patois, you better be able to do it properly or it spoils the story. Terrible narration of the beautiful, mellifluous Cajun accent. For the rest, narration was good. I didn’t appreciate the story as much as I normally do for this author.

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  • Christalpistol
  • 06-01-2019

Good but ...

The story was good and kept me guessing. However it was a bit too long. If I could have I would have rated it 3 1/2 stars. The characters were well rounded and the narration was good and it was impressive how she switched between her voice and the characters rendition. However the hitch was the accents especially the foreign accent which unfortunately happened to be a main character was really grating. She was for the most part she was subtle with the southern accents until she went all ‘gone with the wind’. But that foreign accent was like nails + chalkboard! I’m still not sure if it was supposed to be cajun or he was a Frenchman. This one would probably be best read vs listened to.

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  • Ima Rescue
  • 16-02-2019

The Boy

This was a little slow and repetitive in the beginning but got more interesting as it went along. The French accents were a little distracting.

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  • Patricia M. Brown
  • 06-01-2019

Too Dark

I like several Tami Hoag books but this one is too dark. The narrators are great but the story is too dark for me.

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  • debra
  • 03-03-2019

Good

For me I think it would have capitated my interest more if several people would have narrated the story. There are parts that seem to just drag, maybe because it feels like the same person is doing all this thinking in their head but it comes out of the same voice tone. The main male detective does grab you with his passion. The story does pull all the threads and characters to a good ending for the plot.

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  • Nanette
  • 17-02-2019

The narration was dreadful!

I have never returned a book with Audible but I could not handle the narration! The attempted accents were grating on me so terribly, I couldn’t even listen and pay attention. I can’t recommend this book and for the first time, returned it. Considering the number of books I have listened to over the past many years, that says a lot!

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  • Susan B. Seifert
  • 24-02-2019

Narration is poor.

Accents keep changing. The only Cajun character with the correct accent was Nick Forcade. Perhaps two narrators reading the story would improve the delivery as well as perhaps using an actual Cajun.

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  • Claire Beattie
  • 07-01-2019

couldn't cope with the narrator

I struggled till chapter 5 but I'm afraid I will have to return this and just buy a hard copy because as much as the blurb intrigues me to want to read the story I cannot stand the bland tone if the narrator. it just doesn't feel like she is telling the story, just reading the lines in quite a monotone way which makes it hard to get to that stage where you get absorbed into the world the story is trying to portray. Sorry, but don't waste a credit, if you want to read the story buy a hard copy instead.

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  • Yvonne Whyte
  • 21-04-2019

The narration......

..... was simply painful to listen to. The accents were grating to the ear and the narrator also occasionally got her “voices” mixed up. Painful to listen and I had to make myself finish.

Story was fine.

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  • Emma Crowe
  • 05-02-2019

good twist

struggled at the start of the book due to the narration as felt it was a little fast however the story was good and soon gripped my attention. great listen.

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  • miss
  • 31-01-2019

great

really enjoyed this book great narration good story would recommend clear characters which made the book easy to follow

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  • corrine g
  • 20-01-2019

The boy

I have read most of tami hoags books and I always love them. This Audible book was great the narrator was easy to listen to which helps. I look forward to the next hopefully not to long.