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Deeper Than the Dead | [Tami Hoag]

Deeper Than the Dead

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“Bestseller Hoag (Kill the Messenger) ventures into serial killer territory with results sure to please her many fans.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Pamela J United States 02-25-12
    Pamela J United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2014

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "Postponed my dinner to finish"

    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!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 08-25-12
    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 08-25-12
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    "If you can handle something disturbing...."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joann Baton Rouge, LA, United States 06-21-12
    Joann Baton Rouge, LA, United States 06-21-12
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    "Good narrative but lacked surprise."
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    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!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cathie Savannah, GA, United States 03-27-10
    Cathie Savannah, GA, United States 03-27-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Really liked it!"

    Lots of suspense! Maybe a little easy to figure the plot but still filled with surprises. I'll listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan The Woodlands, TX, United States 02-01-10
    Susan The Woodlands, TX, United States 02-01-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"

    Best Tami Hoag I have read yet. Great characters!

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    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 02-05-14
    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2015

    West Sunbury, Pa.

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    "Good Book - BUT!!!"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Victor 07-03-12
    Victor 07-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, great series!"
    What made the experience of listening to Deeper Than the Dead the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What other book might you compare Deeper Than the Dead to and why?

    Deeper Than the Dead reminds me a little of the first time I read a book by Thomas Harris. The writing is great!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pick a favorite scene - the book was thoroughly enjoyable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "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!"


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 04-26-12
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 04-26-12 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "A good character-driven mystery"

    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 . . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roseann 03-14-12
    Roseann 03-14-12
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    "Only one PROBLEM...."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia 03-05-12
    Marcia 03-05-12

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    "OMG! Fabulous book"

    I loved this book. I hadn't read Tami Hoag in a long time and I picked this one because it was on sale for $4.95. What a deal!

    Kirsten Potter is an excellent narrator. I had enjoyed her narration previously and so I knew this would be a good listen. The story kept me in such suspense that I had trouble putting it down. When I got to book 2, I just kept listening until the end. All that I can say is WOW!!!

    The rest of the series is now in my wish list. Thanks so much for this great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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