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)
Married "mom" of 3 crazy dogs and 1 cat! I developed a love for reading just after college & only recently for audio. Loving it so far!
I started listening to this book and soon began to think I had read this book already! I checked my Kindle and I was right.... I read it about 2 years ago. I remembered the premise and that I liked the book, but I didn't remember "who done it". So, I decided to go ahead and listen. I am so glad I did!!
Kirsten Potter is AMAZING in her performance! She brings Tami Hoag's great characters and story to life!! She is the best I have heard so far!
I would be surprised if you regret this buy!
Say something about yourself!
I have tried a couple of other Tami Hoag books this is the only series that I have fallen in love with. I like the way she gives the perspective from all characters. If you like a lot of twists this one is for you.
I dont have time to read books I would love to sit and read a book but no time. I cant compare.
Being Back in the 80's NO CELL PHONES or DNA!!!!
I Loved how she does Wendys voice with the whole attitude!
Yes - no spoilers so I cant say...
This is a good book takes you back to the time when there are no computers accessible or cell phones or even DNA! Whoa we have come along way!
Kept my attention and I loved the attitude of the little girl Wendy!
First time Tami Hoag listener and instant fan. Just when you think you've got it figured out, Hoag throws you another curve ball.
Listen and learn. Life is an adventure. Have fun, laugh, and love thy neighbor. Life is too short not to have a good time. Bye
Geez, the cops kid is really crazy! Poor child has so much anger in his short life of freedom. Thank God for the teachers who care about the welfare of our students.
This is an excellent book.
Yes. Good mix of mystery, action and drama.
Yes. I really did not know who was the bad guy until the very end.
She develops the characters in her own way with her tones and inflections placed just so.
I did laugh out loud a couple of times which is nice when the content is so serious much of the time.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
A little gruesome, typical serial killer fare, but still entertaining. A nice feel for what police had to utilize before they had all the forensics in use now.
Publisher's summary let you know it wasn't going to be just allusions to horror, they do get detailed.
Enjoyable listen if a bit disturbing.
I would recommend this book - I couldn't stop listening.
There is nothing quite like it. The story twists and turns and keeps you guessing at every moment.
Kristen is great at bringing each of the characters alive an making them unique
Several moments moved me however the teacher and her love for the children was remarkable.
Tell us about yourself! I have always ben an avid reader, but my eyesight isn't what it used to be. The iPod and audible been a blessing.
Great research, Good Plot Good character developement.
When Ann Found the necklace in the box she got as a gift at the pizza place and figured out what was up when the boys father asked for it back.
Both. But it also gave me the benefit of what solid profiling colud accomplish
I would love to see another book in the Oak Knoll series. It has to have at least Ann, Vince, Frannie and the regular cast of detectives.
Scary suspense. Well done story telling. Good character development. I liked interactions and conversations. The last hour was edge of your seat. There is an enjoyable romance, but it’s a minor part of the story. Anne’s friend Franny was very entertaining.
CAUTION FOR SENSITIVE READERS:
Violence and torture. The serial killer glues the eyes and mouth shut, destroys the ear drums, and tortures with a knife. There was not a lot of detail, but those ideas stayed with me more than I wanted. One expert said “The strength of your villain is the strength of your story.” Well this villain was very bad. It’s good to have bad villains. I don’t want to fault the author over this, but this one depressed me more than others.
Several children suffered, but I hurt the most for two of them - permanent damage by their parents. A significant part of the story was showing troubled marriages with different problems. One was a physically abusive father. Another was a narcissistic mother. I shudder at things done by both of them.
I was happy toward the end with what happened to the killer. But I was angry with the author in the last few pages. She introduced a second bad person holding evidence from the victims and did not explain it. I had no idea how this person was connected to the crimes. It was an open ending. The book was not finished. I don’t know why authors do this. It makes me frustrated and angry. According to other reviewers these questions were not answered in the sequel.
A couple things were missing that I wanted to know. How did the killer get glue in the eyes without the victim seeing him before he did it? Where did he keep the victims?
The narrator was good except for her voice for Vince who was a former Chicago cop. The narrator used an east coast accent for him, part Boston, part Brooklyn. It was nothing like Chicago. One example of a Chicago accent is Dennis Farina, a Chicago cop turned actor.
Genre: mystery suspense
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