#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
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.
Very excellent read...kept me wanting to listen through the end.
Too many to mention.
There were so many favorite scenes....
Yes...couldn't turn it off.
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!!
Have to Say Anne & Vince
Kristen's performance WAS GREAT as Always any book I've Ever listened to that she Narrated Her performance has Been Awesome!!
yes I was dying to Find out who it was!
Oh.....Is there Going to be Another "Oak Knoll" Book.....Book 4???
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
Yes, could not stop slistening.
The story line.
This was the best combination of story line and reader I have ever listened to.
This book kept me so emotionally engaged. The performer drew you into the story as though you were part of it.
I am excited to start the next book with the same characters
Audio Book Junkie!
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.
I would listen to it again because Tami Hoag is one of my favorite authors and she stays true to form with this one.
Loved all the different voices and inflections.
There were a couple times I laughed during the reading of this book.
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