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Secrets to the Grave | [Tami Hoag]

Secrets to the Grave

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."
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Publisher's Summary

#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

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    Sandra R. Marcil 10-26-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Bit of a Disappointment"
    Would you recommend Secrets to the Grave to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not sure I'd recommend this book, but would recommend the first book, Deeper than the Dead.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Kirsten Potter did a nice job, and have to admit, Vince was my favorite character, got a bit sick of Ann in this book.


    Did Secrets to the Grave inspire you to do anything?

    Don't think I'll listen to the 3rd book in this series, as the 2nd was not as good as the first. This one ended a bit abruptly in my opinion.


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    Lisa Canton, Gabon 09-10-12
    Lisa Canton, Gabon 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "FANTASTIC AUDIOBOOK!!"

    I LOVE TAMMY HOAG AND I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK!! THE SUSPENSE WAS INCREDIBLE,THE NARRATOR, KIRSTEN POTTER WAS AMAZING AS USUAL!! YOU WILL THOROUGHLY ENJOY THIS AUDIOBOOK!!

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    donna United States 07-07-12
    donna United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Another book i couldn't wate to finish."
    Where does Secrets to the Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


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

    Yes you would get to one part and then it would move to another set of people and tell what was going on. At times i wanted to skip ahead.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where they become a family.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the series.

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    Shelucas 06-19-12
    Shelucas 06-19-12 Member Since 2012

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

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    "Excellent book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Secrets to the Grave the most enjoyable?

    Couldn't wait to get back into the car and listen to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are interesting and I didn't know who did it until the reveal.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Anne Navarre


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    Laurie United States 04-30-12
    Laurie United States 04-30-12

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    "Another good one in the series"

    This is the second in this series. I love the characters! Kirsten Potter reading brings them alive for me. Tami Hoag's writing is always wonderful and this is no exception. The ending is a surprise as usual!

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    debbra GOLDEN, CO, United States 04-27-12
    debbra GOLDEN, CO, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "voices and accents ups & downs this had it all."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes It was a thriller with a twist.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not being able to know the killer till the end.


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

    All the Voices and accents...she is great.


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    Mona RHEINE, Germany 04-24-12
    Mona RHEINE, Germany 04-24-12
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    "an alright listen...that leaves you disappointed"

    I enjoyed the first book a whole lot so when i realized there was another one revolving around the same characters i just had to get it. I really was disappointed though, while in the first book you can relate to everyone perfectly, nobody really mad any sense to me in this one.

    I loved the first book and fell in love with the protagonist too, she seemed like such a strong woman who could overcome anything, but in this book there was simply too much drama going on for my taste. Everything was going way too fast and things got confusing which was why i had to stop at some point. While the first book was the kind of book you just could not stop listening to and had to take everywhere with you just to know what happens next.

    This one leaves you rather disappointed. I think the story is a great idea, but what really annoyed me was that repeatedly things like " This does not happen in a city like this" etc. kept coming up, also I really hated that the vies switched so much. I don't know, I really would not recommend it...

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    Lyndia Manteca, CA, United States 04-17-12
    Lyndia Manteca, CA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Never guessed!"
    What did you love best about Secrets to the Grave?

    I enjoy the main characters and their relationships with one another. The story was well laid out with twists and turns. I never suspected the end.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I listened to the first book in this series and one of the reasons I bought the second one is because Kirsten was reading it. She is very very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me laugh in few places, angry and worried some in parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I will "read" the next installment hoping for more involvement of the kids. It's one of the things I liked about the first book. But overall, I do enjoy the series. :)

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    Carlton W. Sheets Savannah, GA USA 04-02-12
    Carlton W. Sheets Savannah, GA USA 04-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great suspensful read"
    Would you listen to Secrets to the Grave again? Why?

    Probably not as I now know the plot. Too many other good books to listen to


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Love Anne and Vince


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    Donna MERIDEN, CT, United States 03-14-12
    Donna MERIDEN, CT, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Tami Hoag? Why or why not?

    I find Tami Hoag's writing style very engaging.


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

    Parts of the book made me want to continue- a couple of parts bordered on ridiculous and made me LOL(don't think it was the author's intention)


    Any additional comments?

    The main character experienced so many life threatening situations, it was ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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