Cry Wolf

Cry WolfThis was an outstanding third book into this series I enjoyed the story line and how all the characters were coming together Excellent touch of mystery to it You got your self a great book if romance with mystery is what you re looking for. Very good4.5 This was a great book, and still just as good on the rereadI enjoyed Laurel and Jack to a certain extent as well Both were troubled characters that were fighting for survival in everyday life I felt for Laurel the most as she was stuck in her upbringing and I really enjoyed her casting off those ties at the end She fought for herself and for her sister She had a quiet strength that kept her going long after everyone expected her to stopJack I also liked but I had a harder time connecting with him He martyrs himself time and time again Both characters tried their hardest to stay apart from society for their own reasons, and yet when they were pulled in by friendships and obligations Laurel was the better character, she didn t kick and scream as much as Jack did She gave in gracefully and tried her best to help those who needed it The mystery kept me entertained, even on the reread when I knew who was the killer It was a long book that drew you in and kept you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what would happen next The characters were well portrayed, and their emotions were brought out well by the author The heartbreak had me crying in parts but in the end it is about triumphing over your fears and those who wish hurt upon you. haha, lame, nice try It did give True Blood, the show not the books, vibe though That s why I read this in 2008 Nice cover, but not enough. It has been a while since I read a Tami Hoag book I usually enjoy her stuff, but this book I really struggled to finish At the start, we get a glimpse of the killer Then it s 200 pages into the 529 page book before we get anything about the killer other than mere mentions and hints The two main characters, Laurel and Jack, had way too much baggage for my taste and we were constantly reminded of it Even up until the very end I never have understood why a writer feels they have to force certain points It was rather like beating a dead horse after a while They got issues from their childhood and recent adult past I ve got it Move on with the story This book could easily been cut by at least 200 pages if we had not had to go through their repeated melodrama Secondly, I had the killer figured out from his first introduction Way too easy Then the ending felt rushed Compressed into the last 60 pages accompanied by yet self degradation from our main characters.Also, I didn t like that the Laurel s mother and step father got off with so little punishment for their past deeds Overall, this was really disappointing and it worries because I have a number of other books in my TBR pile by this author. TBR Challenge 2012 May Challenge Read a book published prior to 2000.TBR Challenge 2012 Personal Challenge Cry Wolf has been on my to read list since March 2010.Grade C Lucky s Lady is one of my favorite romantic suspense books, and I looked forward to reading Cry Wolf when I saw it was labeled Doucet 3 Other than sharing the Bayou setting and having a one line mention of Lucky Doucet, there is nothing to tie this book to the others Lucky s Lady also dealt with family troubles and a tortured hero, but I was able to believe the transformations and the happy ending Cry Wolf on the other hand is one long downer The book is full of characters who have been abused and traumatized A few of the topics covered include repeated sexual abuse of a child by a custodial step parent, physical abuse by an alcoholic parent, patricide, a disbarred lawyer, suicide, nervous breakdown, cold social climbing parent, and so much There are no well adjusted characters here.The suspense plot was slow to unravel, and the relationship between Jack and Laurel was push me pull you for half the book The heavy angst in both of them was exhausting Laurel is suppose to be a strong character, and in some ways she comes through in the end, but overall she seems helpless in the face of her grief over her failed case and loss of career She seems like a ship tossed around on a stormy sea in every relationship with her sister, her mother, Jack, Stephen, the sheriff, Jimmy Lee, and even the local bar patrons Even when the mystery is solved, I wasn t convinced of the happy ending Way too much baggage weigh the characters down Their HEA won t come without years of therapy for both of them.I gave it 3 stars because the writing is good and the mystery kept me glued to the pages. I don t know if it s the setting but the truth is that I always find myself completely absorbed with stories set in the Louisiana bayous And I really wanted to read Hoag again after having enjoyed Dark Paradise so much So one night this week I picked this one to read before bed time and the truth is that I just couldn t stop and was kept awake half the night trying to finish it Laurel Chandler used to be a public prosecutor and after having lost a child abuse case she has a nervous breakdown and goes back home, to Bayou Breaux, to recuperate She comes from a dysfunctional family and instead of staying with her mother she chooses to stay with her sister and aunt instead Her sister particularly seems to have big problems rooted also in sexual abuse as a teenager Also in town is Jack Boudreaux, a crime writer with a less than pristine past and a bad boy attitude that Laurel meets when she goes to confront him over his dog She also antagonizes the local preacher who is trying to close one of the local bars They meet and soon Laurel is seeing the good man in him and Jack is feeling protective towards her I must confess that I didn t particularly like any of them Laurel needed to grow a spine in what concerns her mother and definitely change her attitude towards her sister Now Jack kept alternating being really bad with being really protective and I didn t like the combination Had the book been just about these two it might not have kept me awake but soon we discover that there s a serial killer on the loose and someone is watching Laurel The killer s victims are all young women with a bad reputation and Laurel s sister Savannah not only has one but she is bent on self destruction I was quite curious about what Hoag was going to do with that character but I guess she chose the easy way Either that or some people just don t have a chance in life I think Hoag was particularly good at describing the swamps at night she creates such a good atmosphere that whenever the scene change to the swamps I was immediately expecting something horrible to happen She is also good at creating a suffocating atmosphere regarding the abuse Savannah endured and how she and Laurel always kept it a secret You know something horrible is going to happen and you can t stop regarding because you really want to know what it is Hoag completely sucks you in and I must confess that my complaints with the story were all found after I read it and when I was sitting in front of the computer and trying to write this review, while I was reading it I was completely hooked The identity of the killer is slowly revealed so instead of a bit element of surprise you are left in doubt about whether he is going to succeed with Laurel or not I found it an absorbing and intense read but with a really dark theme.Grade 4 5 This book has some fairly dark suject matter child abuse, serial killers and psychological issues to name a few If you re OK with that, then it makes a good read.While pegged as romantic suspense, I would see this one as a mainstream thriller suspense with a romance sub plot that is not the core of the book.Plenty of action throughout but I would have liked a bit from the ending both the serial killer and romance plots. For me 90% of the book had just to much family drama, making feel like it was a daytime soap The last 10% finally got back to the mystery,but it was just rushed. In The Rural Parishes Of Louisiana S French Triangle, Young Women Are Disappearing One By One, Only To Turn Up On The Banks Of The Bayou, Strangled And Cast Aside Where They Are Sure To Be Found But There Is One Trophy The Killer Prizes Above All Others, One Woman Who Must Be Silenced Forever Attorney Laurel Chandler Did Not Come Back To Bayou Breaux To Seek Justice That Once Burning Obsession Had Destroyed Her Credibility, Her Career, Her Marriage And Nearly Her Sanity But When A Ruthless Predator Strikes Too Close To Home, She S Lured Into A Perverse Game From Which There May Be No Escape Once Before, Laurel S Cries Against A Monstrous Evil Went Unanswered Who Will Listen Now I read Tami Hoag s Bayou Series books in order, and I have to say this one was actually worse than Lucky s Lady Cry Wolf takes place over one week, and again we are burdened with reading about impossibly gorgeous characters with troubled pasts who just neeeeeed each other to make everything all right Mmmhmmm This book was about 300 agonizing pages too long The story wasn t interesting enough to hold my attention, especially since the killer all but told Laurel who he was pretty early in the book, yet she was convinced someone else was the Bayou Strangler and pursued him up until about the last 3 chapters or so She also at one point thought her new lover, Jack, might be the killer, but does that stop her from bedding him another time or two Nope She s on vacation, and that means wanton, forbidden sex with the town rebel This is the third book of Hoag s where the man says sweet heaven as he mounts his woman yes, really and says such winners as relax for me, sugar and you re tighter than a fist Yes, REALLY Lucky s Lady, Cry Wolf, and Guilty as Sin all contain those ridiculous gems Again, the setting and scenery are great, but the story was dreadful I actually physically wanted to punch Jack for being so whiny and thick headed, and I kind of wanted Laurel to die or be seriously injured.,

[Reading] ➻ Cry Wolf ➱ Tami Hoag –
  • Paperback
  • 527 pages
  • Cry Wolf
  • Tami Hoag
  • English
  • 10 October 2018
  • 9781857974782

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