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Secrets to the Grave Audiobook

Secrets to the Grave

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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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    Erin 02-01-15
    Erin 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "New favorite!"

    I Love this author and very much look forward to the next book! Highly recommend!

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    Ellen N. Moscoe Vancouver, WA United States 01-26-15
    Ellen N. Moscoe Vancouver, WA United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Well crafted plot with engaging characters"

    I loved this book! Her villains are complexed and creepy. Her heroes and heroines are real, likeable and engaging. Her juvenile characters are especially well drawn and believable. The story is creepy and full of twists. It is hard to put this book down. I am buying next book now. I can't wait to find out where the author takes her characters next.

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    Nikky Waller, TX, United States 07-24-14
    Nikky Waller, TX, United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "AWESOME STORY!!!"
    Where does Secrets to the Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very excellent read...kept me wanting to listen through the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets to the Grave?

    Too many to mention.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many favorite scenes....


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

    Yes...couldn't turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

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    ~AudioBookaHolic~ 06-27-14 Member Since 2011

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    "LOVE this Series!!!"
    Would you listen to Secrets to the Grave again? Why?

    Yes! Becuz I Like The and the Characters! I Really Like the way Tami Hoag Tells a Story! this Series is The First that I've Read By Miss Hoag And I've Really Enjoyed Them! I HAVE MANY MORE of her Books in My Wish list Here!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Have to Say Anne & Vince


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Kristen's performance WAS GREAT as Always any book I've Ever listened to that she Narrated Her performance has Been Awesome!!


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

    yes I was dying to Find out who it was!


    Any additional comments?

    Oh.....Is there Going to be Another "Oak Knoll" Book.....Book 4???

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 05-19-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2001
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    Any additional comments?

    Secrets to the Grave is the second in a trilogy about the town of Oak Knoll, not a place to live if you’re squeamish about grizzly murder. The story centers on the particularly gruesome murder of a young single mother. Her four year old little girl witnesses the murder. Sad premise to start. Ann Leone, the main character of this trilogy, is a lover of children, studying child psychology, and comes to the aide of the girl. The ultimate villain came to me much sooner than Tami Hoag would have liked, I’m sure…but, I won’t be a spoiler. I think my favorite character in the series is Fanny. I hope he appears in more books, a fun guy…had me laugh out loud a few times.

    The book is read by Kirsten Potter, and she does a credible job with all character voices except the former Chicago cop. He sounds more east coast/Bostonian than midwestern (speaking as a born and bred Chicagoan). Great job with the other characters, including the child. Unabridged audiobook, about thirteen hours of listening.

    If you enjoy a Hoag murder mystery, you’ll enjoy the story. I did, and I’m ready for the third book in the Oak Knoll trilogy.

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    Jennifer Discovery Bay, CA, United States 01-02-14
    Jennifer Discovery Bay, CA, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Series"

    This is a great series and a good narrator. The writing styles gives the perspective from all characters giving a better perspective and more in-depth story.

    It’s interesting to remember what it was like in the 80’s (for those of us that are old enough) I tend to forget the days of not being able to get in touch with someone at any time.

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    Sharon United States 09-27-13
    Sharon United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    I loved the first book, but this one bored me to tears. Eight hours into the book I decided I DID NOT care how it ended. The winy little girl got on my nerves! I don't know if the author, narrator or both are to blame.

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    Kathy MEMPHIS, TN, United States 03-31-13
    Kathy MEMPHIS, TN, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Could not quit listening"
    Would you listen to Secrets to the Grave again? Why?

    Yes, could not stop slistening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    This was the best combination of story line and reader I have ever listened to.


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

    This book kept me so emotionally engaged. The performer drew you into the story as though you were part of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am excited to start the next book with the same characters

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    Kim Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States 03-25-13
    Kim Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2016

    Audio Book Junkie!

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    "Great Trilogy"
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    I read Secrets to the Grave and immediately downloaded the next two books in the series. It is a series that I will listen to again. I like Tami Hoag, she is one of my favorite authors.

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    Nikki Vermillion, SD, United States 01-30-13
    Nikki Vermillion, SD, United States 01-30-13
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    "Great author!"
    Would you listen to Secrets to the Grave again? Why?

    I would listen to it again because Tami Hoag is one of my favorite authors and she stays true to form with this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets to the Grave?

    Loved all the different voices and inflections.


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

    There were a couple times I laughed during the reading of this book.


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