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The Boy

Written by: Tami Hoag
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
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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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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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  • Jan
  • 2019-02-26

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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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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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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Excellent!!

Really, really enjoyed this! Excellent story and very well read. I’ll be looking for more from both the author and the narrator!

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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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will be hard too put down

Great listening, fantastic story, wishing the ending wasn,t so perdicical would of like a little more of a twist

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A must listen

Finally an author who develops each character with ease and makes you care about then all. This book is well worth the credit and a must listen for any thriller fan.

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  • shelley
  • 2019-01-04

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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  • Jillian Barker Payne
  • 2019-01-19

Bravo!

Hillary Huber is at her very best Narrating this twisty harrowing mystery. You’ll never guess “Who Dunnit! “ Tami Hoag’s reputation is solid as a mystery thriller writer, but she really hit the mark in this book. I was riveted from page 1 and had to sneak a listen even at work! Nick Fourcade is the arrogant, gorgeous and very capable detective who is also the man of my dreams! I don’t attach to characters very often! But this guy is sexy, dangerous and extraordinary moral. Hillary portrays the full swagger of this character to perfection! Wow! Best book I’ve read since the woman in the window. Fantastic! Kudos to both of these talented ladies. Tami Hoag should consider using Hillary for all of her Nick Fourcade’s future endeavors!

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  • Desiree Zyla
  • 2019-01-04

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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  • Christalpistol
  • 2019-01-06

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
  • 2019-02-16

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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  • D. Freeman
  • 2019-01-14

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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  • Laura
  • 2019-03-14

Disappointing!

Nothing but blah and they “wrap” the case up with a summary at the end. Kept hoping for SOMETHING to come of it

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  • angela m.
  • 2019-01-21

horrible attempt at an accent!

great story but I can’t get over the horrible attempt at a southern accent ! couldn’t even get into it .... the story is great so i’ll grab it in paperback but will not listen to another second

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  • Glassgypsy
  • 2019-06-01

Can't listen anymore......

I love Tami Hoag's stories and will probably check this one out of the library or get it on Kindle, but listening to this book on Audible is pure torture. I actually had to look to see if it was being electronically read by a robot because the robotic, nasally voice used for the backstory sections sounds unworldly in parts.

I purchased it this morning as the Audible special "Book of the Day" to listen to on a long trip and had to stop after about an hour. I just checked my account to return it and it says I can't. $5.95 I'll never get back but worth losing the $ versus listening anymore.

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  • DeeAnn Porter
  • 2019-01-15

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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