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Down the Darkest Road: Oak Knoll, Book 3 | [Tami Hoag]

Down the Darkest Road: Oak Knoll, Book 3

Deeper Than the Dead introduced Tami Hoag's millions of fans to Oak Knoll, a small California town that, in the mid-eighties, seemed as idyllic as any . . . until the See-No-Evil killer shattered that notion. It took FBI agent Vince Leone and a new technique called profiling" to put an end to the trauma. Now Hoag returns once more to Oak Knoll for the third installment of this best-selling series.
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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Tami Hoag returns with the latest entry in her riveting Oak Knoll series.

Deeper Than the Dead introduced Tami Hoag's millions of fans to Oak Knoll, a small California town that, in the mid-80s, seemed as idyllic as any... until the See-No-Evil killer shattered that notion. It took FBI agent Vince Leone and a new technique called "profiling" to put an end to the trauma.

Secrets to the Grave brought Leone's teacher-turned-child- advocate wife, Anne, into a central role. Together with Vince and local sheriff 's deputy Tony Mendez, she solved an Oak Knoll murder with a particularly challenging mystery: The victim never existed. And now Hoag returns once more to Oak Knoll for the third installment of this best-selling series.

Through Leone's pioneering, science-based investigatory skills, Hoag explores the early days of forensic police work. And through the chilling case at the heart of Down the Darkest Road, she hooks ever more readers and listeners into the meticulously crafted, all-too-terrifying world of Oak Knoll, where the scariest secrets of all can be found... Down the Darkest Road.

©2011 Tami Hoag (P)2011 Random House

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    Dawn Henrico, VA, United States 06-20-13
    Dawn Henrico, VA, United States 06-20-13
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    "Stupid, Stupid Woman!"
    What disappointed you about Down the Darkest Road?

    What didn't?! I like Tami Hoag, or at least did. I like Kirsten Potter when she reads other authors' works. This work, though, didn't work on *so many* levels. Ms. Hoag gives us a main character who displays stupidity with every action. I had no sympathy or empathy for her at all and when things go all wrong, as you know they will, it's no one's fault but her own. The living child (15 years old, really??) is an immature, simpering brat. Sadly, there is way too little presence of Anne or Vince Leone, characters who were so good in the other Oak Knoll books. Ms. Potters' reading for most characters and the ACTION is over-enunciated and over-dramatic. Way too much verbal punctuation for my taste. And, finally, my pet peeve, when there are only two children, there is not an "oldest" or "youngest."


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    Shelucas 07-13-12
    Shelucas 07-13-12 Member Since 2011

    I like mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Occasionally I will listen to some scifi or fantasy.

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    "Just as good as the other Oak Knoll books."
    What made the experience of listening to Down the Darkest Road the most enjoyable?

    The authors writing style.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Down the Darkest Road?

    There are lots of them.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    I thought she did great! Laurens voice reflected exactly how I pictured her character being.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I only listen while commuting.


    Any additional comments?

    I read several of the reviews before I bought this book. I have to say that I disagree that people were disappointed that it wasn't as good as the others in the Oak Knoll series. I found the book to be just as intense as the others and the characters and plots certainly had a few twists. I thought it brought out well how justice isn't always what we would like it to be.

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    Marian 05-05-12
    Marian 05-05-12
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    "Disappointing and boring"
    What would have made Down the Darkest Road better?

    Tami Hoag is one of my favorite authors but she overdid the (understandably) distraught mother of an abducted child story such that Lauren Lawton is an almost unsympathetic character. She neglects her remaining daughter to such an extent that I did not like her at all. Hoag also went on WAY TOO long about the pain - we get it - but hours of how much the character suffered, an drank, hated her late husband for copping out, etc didn`t add to the story itself. The narrator didn`t help either....especially her rendition of Tanner the female detective`s filthy tough talk was stereotypical of women who have to hold their own in a male work place. Bottomline - a lot of stereotypes and droning of the internal catharsis was painful. I actually jumped to the end to find who-dun-it because I got so turned off by Lauren Lawton`s mental breakdown - not sure how she survives on coffee, booze and toast for four years!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less emphasis on stereotypes - e.g., tough talking female cop, knight in shining armor detective, hard bitten mom who while understandable just gets hard to take hour after hour...also where are the other characters like Franny? The gay friend of Anne. He was great.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirsten Potter’s performances?

    No. She is dramatic but not quite right for mysteries. Also profanity doesn`t suit her - not sure who would be suited but the tone, pitch, etc didn`t go over well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story outline had promise but the guy identified early on was the guy....kind of a let down.


    Any additional comments?

    I will stick to reading Tami Hoag`s books - they don`t lend themselves to audio for some reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 05-01-12
    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 05-01-12 Member Since 2009

    Tracey

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    "Good Listen"

    This is the third in a series, but they can be stand alone. I really like the whole 80's theme. It is prior to cell phones and low jacking. I love how Tami has brought to light the beginning of pro-filing and how the crime fighters of the world began sharing information in order to catch killers. It is dark, but very good. Thanks Tami.

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    Katie United States 05-01-12
    Katie United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but really graphic"
    Would you try another book from Tami Hoag and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Kristen Potter was an excellent narrator, I would definitely listen to other books read by her.

    I would try other Tami Hoag books as well.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tami Hoag before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to the other Oak Knoll books and this was by far the most sexually explicit. It was a little to much for me and I found myself fast forwarding through some parts. I liked the other Oak Knoll books better, although they were violent I felt like they were less twisted.

    I did not mind that this book was not as focused on Ann and Vince though, I thought the author did a really good job of tying Ann and Vince into the story. Same with the Wendy character and her mother.


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    Pam Wiedenfeld Maurepas, LA, United States 04-13-12
    Pam Wiedenfeld Maurepas, LA, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Very Good Trilogy"
    What made the experience of listening to Down the Darkest Road the most enjoyable?

    I love continuations, such as the women's murder club by james patterson. This is a great story that continues to the next.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I decide if a story is good or not by: If I guess who the guilty party is and I'm correct, I'm disappointed. If I'm wrong in the end, I love it. I was definitely wrong for this story!


    Any additional comments?

    I would strongly recommend these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sookie Northwestern Minnesota - United States 04-02-12
    Sookie Northwestern Minnesota - United States 04-02-12
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    "It was a good continuation of the other 2 books..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Down the Darkest Road to be better than the print version?

    I love the reader of this book - she has a catchy voice, and is easy to follow and understand - she brought the book to life for me, otherwise the print version - I probably wouldn't have read much more then the first few chapters...


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I didn't really get into the book until the later chapters...


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her voice -


    Any additional comments?

    Get my attention in the first few paragraphs - or you've lost me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Murrieta, CA, United States 03-17-12
    Marcia Murrieta, CA, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2010

    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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    "Hoag always keeps me interested"

    This is my third book in this series and I hope that there will be more. The characters are good and each one adds to the story. I like that they move in and out of the various books but still maintain continuity..

    Kirsten Potter is an excellent narrator and very easy to listen to.

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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 03-06-12
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't think I would ever want to live there.."

    What is it about Oak Knoll that it draws such a variety of dark minded individuals? Male and female alike? This is a decent story, has some of the original characters from the first story, but think having Anne Leone in there wasn't necassary or her husband Vince. The other original players didn't have much of a place there either come to think of it. It would have been better told on its own without them. And there are certain things ( a thing anyway..at least for me) you think are important because she brings them up more than once, but you never find out what happened about or with them. Can't tell you because that might ruin something for you. Maybe Kirsten Potter is what kept me listening with interest. Wasn't a bad book, not great either..definately the gray area in between. Would give it 2 1/2 stars if I could for story and 3 1/2 for narration. ( btw Tami..please write a story about Tommy from your first book, Deeper that the Dead. I was hoping he would enter in this one somewhere. I am sure I am not the only one who wants to know what happened to that boy!)

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    02-27-12
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    "not a mystery novel"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have always liked Tami Hoag novels. However, this was incredibly disappointing. There was no mystery, very little investigation, and little police interaction (except as inept fools who couldn't do their jobs). While I have never had to deal with a missing child, the constant focus on poor, poor, pitiful Lauren, and her poor, poor, pitiful daughter became irritating. I can understand hearing her story once but readers were subjected to a constant reminder of


    What was most disappointing about Tami Hoag???s story?

    The constant self deprecating and pitiful musings of the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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