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
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."
I like mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Occasionally I will listen to some scifi or fantasy.
The authors writing style.
There are lots of them.
I thought she did great! Laurens voice reflected exactly how I pictured her character being.
No, I only listen while commuting.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The story outline had promise but the guy identified early on was the guy....kind of a let down.
I will stick to reading Tami Hoag`s books - they don`t lend themselves to audio for some reason.
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.
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.
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.
I love continuations, such as the women's murder club by james patterson. This is a great story that continues to the next.
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!
I would strongly recommend these stories.
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...
I didn't really get into the book until the later chapters...
I love her voice -
Get my attention in the first few paragraphs - or you've lost me...
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
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.
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!)
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
The constant self deprecating and pitiful musings of the main character.
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