Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I won't postpone dinner for just any book, but I was too jumpy to find out what happens to stop! Loved that: 1) The 80's were a mitigating factor in the story, 2) the characters were true to their traits, and 3) NOT taking the easy way out to make the story tidy. My only criticism was the romance aspect of the story was forced and hard to believe. Really could have done without that part - - but the brilliant and well-rounded characters of the children made up for it. Narrator is also first rate. Can't wait for part two!!
This was a good mystery, although many of the characters were a little extreme. Hard to explain what I mean by that, but everyone seemed to be an extreme version of what type of person they were supposed to be, if that makes sense. Also, I have to wonder about the author - what kind of person can dream up the horrific thing this serial killer did to his victims??? I found that quite disturbing. The other con was the ending wasn't entirely satisfying to me. However, all in all it was an interesting mystery story.
I've been fascinated by psychological profiling since I was a teenager and John Douglas published his book Mind Hunter. From that angle it was an interesting story about the beginnings of a serial killer and the way that profiling can help see past the facade of a person or situation. Admittedly, profiling takes a back seat to the character-driven plot in this story. It's an interesting retrospective on the difficulty of solving violent crimes without key technology like DNA analysis since it takes place in the '80s. At first the main characters of the story left me wondering what they really had to do with anything. Hoag does tie everything in nicely at the end concerning the seemingly disparate characters, but I found myself disappointed in the ending. I was hoping that there would be a plot twist at some point that would throw me off guard somehow; that profiling would lead to a person I wouldn't have suspected. I was wrong. An attempt at a twist was present, but it was not convincing enough to throw me. I'm sure everyone won't feel this way. I've read and seen a lot of stories about crime, murder mysteries and serial killers so you'd really have to pull out all the stops to surprise me. Overall, it was a good story, I was just hoping for something unexpected.
I thought Kirsten Potter did a very good job of narrating. Her voice is pleasant and she has a smooth delivery. I would listen to other books by her which is a very positive endorsement. There are some books I won't listen to because of the reader; she is definitely not one of them!
Lots of suspense! Maybe a little easy to figure the plot but still filled with surprises. I'll listen to it again.
West Sunbury, Pa.
I would have loved this series of books if not for the foul language. All the books were a surprise to the very end. Cut out the f word, and you would cut at least 15 minutes off the time for the 3 books.
I will not listen to any more books by Tami Hoag because I am sure if these 3 talked like this, the others will follow a similar pattern.
I am sorry for the down review, but this is the way I feel.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
If I could, I would have given this book minus ratings. If I dislike a book this much, I usually just either return it or decide not to review. But this time I think I should warn serious readers of psychological thrillers, dark mysteries, or romantic fiction.
The characters here are mere stereotypical ciphers, the dialog is trite and hokey. I could not believe that a woman writer could present women in such a way: there's the nagging scold, the grasping and icy social climber, the cowering battered wife - all without a trace of subtlety or insight. Men are manly men, total abusers, or not very interesting. And, heaven help us, there's even the chattering, gossipy, one-of-the-girls gay man! Seriously?
Add to this a nearly sickening and exploitative degree of graphic violence against women, child abuse, and utterly unimaginative and gratuitous sex scenes.
Even the "mystery" isn't all that good. It doesn't come as any surprise at all who the villain is.
Waste of time, money and/or credit. Skip it!
I loved the performance by Kirstin Potter. Kirstin Potter makes the characters come alive! Kirstin gives each character their own voice, and she is now one of my favorite narrators!
Deeper Than the Dead reminds me a little of the first time I read a book by Thomas Harris. The writing is great!
Hard to pick a favorite scene - the book was thoroughly enjoyable.
"Sometimes the things you think are the things, aren't the things!" Just kidding... maybe something cheesy like "Sometimes the secrets we keep, are deeper than the dead!"
I don't usually like things, but I like this. This book is good, and the best part is that there are two other books, so you can get psyched about getting interested in a new series that will keep you listening for a while!
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
I enjoyed this book. I have read some of Hoag's books that take place in the Midwest, and wondered how I would like one with a different setting, but it was engaging and I liked the character development. Even though I *thought* I knew who the murder was early on, there were enough twists and turns that I wasn't sure, but then I had the satisfaction of saying "aha!" at the end.
I thought the narrator was wonderful -- many voices, many of them male, and she did an excellent job, *except* as others have pointed out, there was no way that Vince Leone sounded like he was from Chicago. Boston, it seemed to me. I hope that in later books in the series, she straightened that out :)
Overall, a great read/listen. I found myself lingering in the car when I got home, which is always a good sign . . .
As most know the narrator is as important as the story and Kristen Potter was awsome! The story was great and the narration was on point. I loved it.. Only one problem.. I couldn't put it down and was up waaaayyyy to late so didn't get enough sleep.