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  • Written by: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (366 ratings)

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The Boy

Written by: Tami Hoag
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
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Publisher's Summary

Now a New York Times bestseller

An unfathomable loss or an unthinkable crime? #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag keeps you guessing in her most harrowing thriller yet.

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 a detective she's troubled: Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind?

When KJ's sometimes babysitter, twelve-year-old Nora Florette, is reported missing the very next day, the town fears 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. Is someone from Genevieve's past or present responsible for the death of her son? Is Nora a victim, or something worse? Then everything changes when Genevieve’s past as a convicted criminal comes to light. Could she have killed her own child to free herself from 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, or is the troubled teen the key to the murder? How far will Nick and Annie have to go to uncover the dark truth of the boy?

©2018 by Indelible Ink, Inc. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“[A] tightly plotted whodunnit . . . prepare to gasp."—People

“Thoughtful, character-driven . . . Hoag keeps the twists and turns coming all the way to the shocking conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly

“Hoag puts on quite the juggling act here, dazzling us with multiple theories about the boy’s murder, numerous potential suspects, and plot twists that keep us just slightly off-balance. A welcome return for a compelling investigative duo.”—Booklist

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Southern Comfort

There is something about a heinous crime that grabs my attention. A seven-year-old boy is brutally beaten in his own home, Hoag had my attention.

The Boy is the second book in the Broussard and Fourcade series and my first venture into the small town of Bayou Breaux. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything, the author seamlessly filled in any gaps that I may have been missing from book one.

The Boy is an expertly crafted who-done-it. I felt pulled into the mystery of the story, trying to solve the case along with Nick Fourcade. Hoag created so many potential suspects throughout this tale, each one had a viable motive for the murder; it was just a matter of putting all of the puzzle pieces together. One thing that I learned from The Boy: suspect everyone and you can’t be wrong.

I opted to use my Audible credit for The Boy and I think that I was better off for it. Hillary Huber’s narration was superb, her varying southern accents were a perfect fit with Hoag’s characters. I even found myself catching an ad for the History Channel’s Swamp People and saying out loud, “That sounds just like someone from The Boy.” Huber made a great story even better by enhancing the atmosphere.

The Boy was a captivating mystery, but the Audible knocked it out of the park.

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Amazing book

I’ve read books by Tami Hoag before and always enjoyed her writing style and skill. However this book surpassed all. I couldn’t stop listening and the conclusion left me quite shocked. The intertwining of the various characters and the disturbing and effects on the lives of children and very young people saddened me greatly. Thanks to Ms Hoag for a memorable book.

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Returned for a refund

Did not like this book one bit. The style itself was annoying, I found the accents irritating, and it sounded like a robot was reading...not much emotion behind the voice. Returned it for a refund after 1.5 hrs because I found my mind drifting and spacing out while listening. I don’t understand how this book has such good reviews quite honestly. To each their own I guess! Not for me for sure.

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Good story

Good story…. but I did find it rather unnecessarily complicated. Narration was great right down to the French accents.

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Good

Good..
That’s really all that comes to mind throughout the book and once finished.
Good

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Thrilling atmosphere

I could vividly see the background of this story. The heat and picturesque portrayal of the Bayou. Throughout the book I was kept on the edge of my seat by the next stream of events.
Anyone who’s a fan of Hoag will not be dissapointed.

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Fantastic

I had never read any of Tami Hoag books prior to this one, I took a chance when I purchased it and I thoroughly enjoyed every minutes of this book. The narrator was fantastic as well.

On to the next one!

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Very engaging.

it took a while for me (being Canadian) to believe the hero could be French. once I got over that it was a great story. loved not being sure who it was. Narrator was awesome. ( maybe too good on the accents) thx

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Great Listen!!!

This was my first listen to of Tami Hoag's and will not be my last. I always seen her books in the stores but never got around to reading one. I was certainly missing a great author, well no more. Ms Hoag is a great detective author. She has interesting characters and great story line. I urge anyone out there to give her novels a read/listen. I know I will be listening to a lot more to her books.

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The Boy

a testimonial to the lengths people will go allign themselves with societal pressures to be "normal" and to have what they "feel" is the perfect life. In doing so the stakes become so high that failures to measure up must be hidden at every misstep.

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