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#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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I do love Tami Hoag as an Author

At first I was thinking Did I purchase a book I have already "READ", however this book is a follow up book from an earlier novel, with some of the character's now moving along. I do love the way she writes, and I enjoy Tami's gift of suspense and character development. Well done and I will buy the next book that she publishes.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as the first, 2 1/2 stars

I enjoyed the first book in the series even if it was a little gruesome. This one was just too predictable, I'm not sure what everyone else was hearing that made this an edge of your seat listen, it was okay.

The publisher's summary gives you the idea right from the start that things are not always what they seem. And the friend, what an idiot!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 03-24-11

Stands on its own

I read the first book in this "mini series" (Deeper than the Dead) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Couldn't wait to move on to this one, and was not disappointed. Good continuation of the previous story with familiar characters (both good guys and bad guys), but it is also a story that stands on its own 2 feet. While I did figure out who the murderer probably was well before the end, I couldn't put all the pieces together as to why or how. I like a story that I can follow but not figure out too quickly. The end leaves us knowing that there has to be another installment, and I will be eagerly looking forward to that one too.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Totally superior!!

I absolutely loved this book and the one before it!!! Tami Hoag came up with some characters for this 2 book series that are just stupendous. I hope she continues to write more books involving them - it would be a real shame to just abandon such a great set of characters and a great setting. I would gladly pay full price at a book store for this audiobook and the one before it (Deeper than the Dead) so don't hesitate to use a credit on it. I could not stop listening once I started it and stayed up till nearly 3 am to finish it!!! Go for it, this is great!!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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All Three Oak Knoll Get the Same Review

All three Oak Knoll stories are good get away from everyday life and loose oneself in a mystery thriller. Not the best mysteries, always about a horrid subject; but Hoag knows how to entertain.

Book One was very good, Book Two as good, and Book Three was not bad. By the third in one week though, I had enough. Good characters in Books One and Two. Less so in Book Three but the read does not disappoint.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Neat!

What made the experience of listening to Secrets to the Grave the most enjoyable?

I loved getting into the second book of this series! I was already familiar with the characters the author had created.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think I like Anne Navar best, because she sounds smart, and sassy!

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

Kirsten Potter is by far one of my favorite narrators! She does a fantastic job every time! She helps to keep the characters straight.

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

I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book, except that I was extremely not bored!

Any additional comments?

Don't start with this book, start with Deeper Than the Dead - it's the first in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Winner

This book will keep your attention and have you listening at time when you should be getting something done. I couldn't turn it off after my commute and just kept listening.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcia
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 03-17-12

Fabulous

Kept us guessing and wondering until it was time to really know what was happening. Loved it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • NRH, TX, United States
  • 09-16-14

Good Book

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A great book to follow up the first. This one also kept me guessing, finished it in two days could not put it down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol
  • Napier, New Zealand
  • 08-22-12

A good series - I recommend.

I've listened to the first two books in this series, and I'll continue with the next. Sometimes it's a bit gruesome, but that's murder. Even after only two books, I've gotten attached to the characters, especially Ann's best friend Franny. He's a hoot!

Give the first book a try - "Deeper than the Dead" - and maybe you'll be hooked on the series like me!

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  • CantVal
  • 07-20-11

A good read

I am a fan of Tami Hoag and this is a generally good example of her writing. The story is engrossing and the characters believable and sympathetic but is does follow on from a previous book so would be best listened to after listening to Deeper than the Dead.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful