#1 New York Times best-selling author Tami Hoag returns with her second thriller in the Deeper than the Dead microseries, exploring the early days of forensic investigation, the characteristics of innocence-and the nature of evil.
Marissa Fordham had a past full of secrets, a present full of lies. Everyone knew of her, but no one knew her.
When Marissa is found brutally murdered, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See- No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy."
Sheriff's detective Tony Mendez faces a puzzle with nothing but pieces that won't fit. To assist with his witness, Haley, he calls teacher-turned-child advocate Anne Leone. Anne's life is hectic enough-she's a newlywed and a part- time student in child psychology, and she's the star witness in the See-No-Evil trial. But one look at Haley, alone and terrified, and Anne's heart is stolen.
As Tony and Anne begin to peel back the layers of Marissa Fordham's life, they find a clue fragment here, another there. And just when it seems Marissa has taken her secrets to the grave, they uncover a fact that puts Anne and Haley directly in the sights of a killer: Marissa Fordham never existed.
©2010 Tami Hoag (P)2010 Random House
the story moves along has lots of twists and no shortage of suspects. a classic murder mystery. some of her descriptions of the crime are hard to listen to overall it was worth the time and money invested.
Tami Hoag is an articulate story teller, and very good at character development...BUT, we came close to not finishing this book because of the continuing perpetuation of attacks on Ann. One attack in the first book of this series...and then 2 in this book staged so close together it just felt unbelievable and unnecessary.
Great all away around. Good plot.! The characters had great personalities. Inwas able to follow them all the way through the book without trying to figure out each persons .
This book was one I could not stop listenting to...the author nailed it!!!! If you like thrillers with a touch of romance, listen to this book
Least: the writing became so broken and redundant with the constant 'he said', I had to take a break. I don't know if it was the writing or narration, but it got to where all I was hearing was 'he said'. It did improve as the book progressed and sentences became more descriptive, but it was difficult for the first 1/3 of the book.
I liked her better in the first book. She made the main female character sound so weak and whiny and the little girl was also whiny. I was so frustrated with this after the first book. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard. I had to give my ears a break and listen to a different book. Generally, I like Kirsten Potter's voice, just not so much this time.
I couldn't wait to listen to the 2nd in the series, but this book gives me pause in ordering the 3rd. I do love the lead detective but plan to listen to another book before considering purchasing it. I will have to read some other reviews before I decide.
I really loved this story. easy listening. narrative very into character. rite amout of gore, sex & jest. happy I fell upon Tami Hoag & look forward to listening to more from her.
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