Tami Hoag is in a class by herself, beloved by readers and critic s alike, with more than 22 million copies of her books in print. With Hoag's first novel for Dutton, she proves anew why the Chicago Tribune called her "one of the most intense suspense writers around."
California, 1984. Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.
Detective Tony Mendez, fresh from a law enforcement course at FBI headquarters, is charged with interpreting those now revealed secrets. He's using a new technique-profiling-to develop a theory of the case, a strategy that pushes him ever deeper into the lives of the three children, and closer to the young teacher whose interest in recent events becomes as intense as his own.
As new victims are found and the media scrutiny of the investigation bears down on them, both Mendez and Navarre are unsure if those who suffer most are the victims themselves-or the family and friends of the killer, blissfully unaware that someone very close to them is a brutal, calculating psychopath.
©2009 Tami Hoag; (P)2009 Random House
“Bestseller Hoag (Kill the Messenger) ventures into serial killer territory with results sure to please her many fans.” (Publishers Weekly)
If you listen carefully to how the FBI profiler describes the serial killer--which is repeated several times in the book-- there's only one character who fits the description. I kept thinking there would be some twist at the end, but there wasn't. Agree with other comments that the book overdoes the "too bad we don't have DNA testing yet" kind of theme. And every single character has some sort of tragedy in their background. However, the narrator was terrific (never heard her before), so it was a fun listen. But not great plotting.
Yes, it was a good yarn.
This is my second book of hers and it is good. It grabs you, with children involved in the whole mystery. The best part is the romance. It is secondary to the murder mystery but it was essential.
The narration was done well. She did all the characters well. It flowed because of the narration.
The strength of the kids facing serial killers. They daily for a week have to deal with the thoughts did their dad do the murders combined with family issues and bulling from school kids and parents dysfunctions.
I would recommend this book.
Other Tami Hoag fans might think this book was great.
I usually enjoy Tami Hoag when I want a great potato chip read (little literary value, just fun). This one missed the mark.
I had it solved within pages of meeting the guilty party. That always creates a sense of disappointment for me. I was sad!
I'm listening to both James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. So far they're both great.
None, I guess Anne was okay. I do usually enjoy Kirsten Potter though. I'll find another novel she reads and try again.
Most of them. Vince, the haggard FBI guy, was just too much, too flawed, too perfect, too smart, too typical. Not believable.
I won't give up on Tami Hoag. You just can't win them all.
This is the first time I have ever read a Tami Hoag novel. I have a set group of authors that I stick with, but I have been branching out trying to find new authors to read when the old ones become to formulaic.
When I started this book, I thought it was going to be another Serial Killer In A Small Town book. In some ways it was, but there were more twists than a cork screw. The characters of this book are complex and very well written. You get a sense of why they do the things they do. It kept me entertained and wanting more.
Most books of this genre have a large group of unlikeable characters, and a few likeable ones, of the latter, one is the killer. This story gave off the feeling of a very likeable town with nice people, except a few. Once the killer is caught, you almost want to pack up and move to Oak Knoll.
There were a few MINOR things I didn't care for about this book. First was the setting of the book, 1985. The author harped too much about what doesn't exist yet. This book stressed the fact that DNA technology didn't exist and someday might be a useful tool. But it brought that fact too much. Second, was the use of the phrase Person Of Interest, which did exist since the 1960's. However, this phrase wasn't really used in law enforcement until the 2001 anthrax attacks when Attorney General John Ashcroft overused the term over and over. Like I said, minor issues.
Kirsten Potter did and outstanding job as narrator. Each voice has a character of it's own.
Overall this books had suspense, a little romance, and an entertaining plot.
This was my first Tami Hoag book, and I was not disappointed. The story moves along at a great pace and it really kept you guessing who the killer was. Great twists in the end, and a great start to a new series for me.
I like mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Occasionally I will listen to some scifi or fantasy.
Pretty high, I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the years. This book had all of the important elements for me, mystery, romance, thriller and it kept me guessing till the reveal.
The interaction of the characters.
Kirsten Potter brought the characters to life. So many times a characters voice can be distracting from the story but not so here.
I have never read the print version... But I think the narrator brought a lot to this book
She has an amazing narration voice and shifts clearly between characters
I loved the characters. Hoag does an excellent job introducing you to them and how they think. I really enjoyed the way she wrote the children into the book... not just side characters, you learn about how they think as well.
Keeps you guessing. Who is the killer? This story keeps you guessing, was it him, or him? Or maybe her?
No, but I really enjoyed listening to her and how she played the characters. I would definitely listen to her again.
The mystery at the center of the story was intriguing but hearing children constantly weigh in was annoying. The narration of the children was grating and pulled me out of the story. Gave the story a very superficial feel and felt like an adult was reading the story to a child. Not engrossing.
Keep the action with the detectives and the adults. I really don't want to hear what a kid has to say about the story. It's not insightful and just makes me want to fast forward.
Baby talk in the middle of a detective series is jolting. And since the narrator had to read so many children's voices it became overwhelming. It was all too much.
As you can see, I would cut most of the kid stuff since it glossed over the action and gave the story a very superficial, lightweight feel. Disappointing.
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