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Initial post: Oct 17, 2013 5:58:41 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
Hi, everybody, come on in - I ordered a dark and stormy night for us...hopefully, the light from the carved jack-o-lanterns will help you see the steps...yes, the front porch rocker is rocking by itself, just keep moving, if you feel a tap on your shoulder, don't worry, it's probably just a dry leaf blowing by in the wind..ignore the glowing eyes on the doorknocker and move on in to the library, make yourselves comfortable. I thought the floor to ceiling windows would be perfect to watch the rain and lightning while we discuss the book. Grab something from the buffet, I have drinks, such as bloody hot chocolate, vampire cocktails, liquified ghosts, and eyeball punch, along with Suze Boos gingerbread men, popcorn balls, caramel apples dipped in milk chocolate and covered with your choice of crushed snickers, pecans, or mini m&ms, popcorn balls, roasted garlic hummus in case the vampires aren't sparkly, and your favorite candies scattered in bowls around the room. Are you ready to start? Here goes...

Welcome! Foolish Mortals, to the Haunted Kindle library, I am your host, your ghost host. Hmmmm. Our tour begins here, in this gallery. Here where you see paintings of some of our guests, as they appeared in their corruptible, mortal state. Kindly step all the way in please, and make room for everyone. There's no turning back now...

ahem. Sorry, always wanted to do the greeting from the Disney haunted mansion. Here's the real thing..

Our book for October was Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne. A summary:

Since the day her baby sister was taken, Holly's mind hasn't been the same. PTSD, panic attacks, nightmares and blocked memories have plagued her ever since. And now they've returned.

Hard-edged Detective Vince O'Malley's most recent case penetrated even his protective shell. Ordered to take time off to recover, he can't let go, and on his own, follows the clues to Holly's small upstate NY town.

His presence stirs ghosts from the past, shadows of a little girl lost, the suspicions of some tight-lipped locals with secrets to hide, and more than that inside Holly's fragile mind and untouched heart.

As a side note, Maggie Shayne is another of my favorite author out of the 80's harlequin. As I remember, she could be counted on for dark heroes, and led the way into edgier stories, her Twilight series was one of the first vampire paranormal romances with no sparkle.

So, let's get started. What did you think about the book?

Oh,if you keep seeing flickers of white out of the corner of your eye, it's probably Blue jumping from hiding place to hiding place chasing a spider...probably....

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:05:06 PM PDT
Terry, for hosting the book discussion.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:06:57 PM PDT
Great open Terry! I did enjoy the book over all. Although I saw the ending coming very early on.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:07:08 PM PDT
I enjoyed the book. I like that the author left out the gory details of the crimes, she implied the horror.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:08:07 PM PDT
Thank you for hosting, Terry. I really had the voice in my head from the Haunted Mansion as I read your open, excellent! I was a good girl and went on the treadmill before discussion, so my reward can be a yummy popcorn ball.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:09:29 PM PDT
I agree Elizabeth, given the theme it could have been a hard book to read, but the author stayed away from too many details of the abuse and added in other elements that kept your interest.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:09:37 PM PDT
You are too smart, Lover of Boos. I usually don't see it coming, but then again, I don't try very hard. I did really enjoy the book. I loved the characters of Holly and Vince. Well, really, as a romance reader, who doesn't love a story where two people find their other halves?

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:09:59 PM PDT
This was my kind of book. I really liked it. I did have one issue with it though but we will get to that later.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:10:42 PM PDT
LOB, I went to the end of the book to find out who the murder was. I usually don't do that but I didn't want to be stressed reading the story and
I didn't want to think badly of the wrong person.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:11:05 PM PDT
I also liked the details that she chose to include, like how the abduction affected Holly. I think from those details we could imagine the anguish that she and her family went through.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:11:43 PM PDT
I did, too. As soon as the "neice" couldn't/wouldn't talk about her past, I knew who she was. Too coincidental.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:11:54 PM PDT
That's one thing that Kindles have generally stopped me from doing. DTB's - I usually skim the end, no matter what the genre.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:12:27 PM PDT
KayKay says:
Hi y'all
Thanks for hosting TnT, I also enjoyed the book and her writing style. I did not understand what the ''meeting'' between the sheriff the dr and the actor was all about. If the sheriff knew of the circumstances it seemed to me that he should have been a bit more pro active.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:12:58 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
So we have a heroine who is, well, messed up. What about the way she was presented - behavior, thoughts, actions - brought her to life for you as a person and not a caricature?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:13:19 PM PDT
You guys are too smart! I thought that the memory lapse was just going to be a coincidence, and that it was a device to make the actor look a bit suspicious.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:13:47 PM PDT
M. Claytor says:
Great start Terry! I'll have some bloody hot chocolate. I enjoyed the book. It was quite a departure from the other Maggie Shayne books I had read. I don't remember her from Harlequin, but I have read several of her paranormal romances.

The first chapter was somewhat disturbing to me with the mother's plea for O'Mally not to forget her children. I was relieved that the book didn't stay in that vein.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:14:01 PM PDT
I didn't guess the ending until I had read quite a bit. I don't think I wanted it to be him.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:14:22 PM PDT
Yeah, I pegged the neice for the sister the first time she was in the story.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:14:24 PM PDT
LOL... Not sure exactly why I focused in early on the perpetrator, but I did and it was too obvious who Amanda was.

I also enjoyed the romance between Holly and Vince. Two damaged people who were able to come together against all odds. I'm a sucker for a good romance too Donna! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:15:14 PM PDT
I thought she was well portrayed, Terry. I think if she was a caricature, she might have just been tough and distant. I liked how Holly's symptoms varied, and how she was shown trying to cope with change.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:15:33 PM PDT
I also enjoyed the book and was glad she didn't get to descriptive with the horrid things.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:15:59 PM PDT
Exactly! Similar age, a niece in name only, withdrawn and clearly a damaged soul.... It all added up.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:16:27 PM PDT
Maybe that's because I could easily see myself as Holly in some respects. And who wouldn't want a big strong protective policeman to end up being your true love?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2013 6:16:40 PM PDT
Not to put too light a coating on Survivor Guilt, but I felt like something worse should have happened to her beyond just NOT being taken.

She might have been tied up & trapped, too, just as terrified, promised her sister they'd get out together, but only she escaped, kind of thing.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 6:17:12 PM PDT
Dianna says:
Thanks for the hosting and awesome spread! I brought the pumpkin puking spinach and artichoke dip (I love gross Halloween dishes). For those not into the gross side, I brought Halloween dipped strawberries.

I found it hard in the beginning to get into the book, but after a few chapters it got better. Will probably read more from this author in the future. Overall glad I read it.
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