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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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    Kindle Customer 07-06-17 Member Since 2014

    Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)

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    "SECRETS TO THE GRAVE"
    What did you love best about Secrets to the Grave?

    *THE CHARACTERS*THE WAY SHE FIT THE FIRST BOOK INTO THE SECOND.*THE WAY SHE SHOWED THAT UNFORTUNATELY SOMETIMES SOME CHILDREN ARE "UNFIXABLE" DUE TO THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, AND PEOPLE HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT!. (My profession)


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

    YES, THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU HOW BECAUSE IT WOULD SPOIL IT FOR YOU.


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

    SHE BRINGS LIFE TO "EVERY" SINGLE CHARACTER! SO GOOD, SO, SO GOOD! 😁😁😁


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

    MANY, MANY TIMES I WAS ON THE EDGE OF TEARS.. 😩😩😩😩😩 REFUSE TO COMMENT "SPOILERS"


    Any additional comments?

    EXCELLENT READ, HATED TO SEE IT END. SHE MAKES YOU FEEL AS IF YOU ARE A PART OF "Their world!."

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    barbara 04-19-17
    barbara 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Secrets to the grave"

    Thourally enjoyed this book, one of Tami Hoag's best! The narration was perfect for this story.. a good ending.

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    Simone Birmingham, AL 12-01-16
    Simone Birmingham, AL 12-01-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome!"

    Never saw it coming! Poor kids always suffer at the hands of mixed up adults. Narrator does an awesome job bringing the characters to life! On to book 3 in this series.

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    Lisa Lamphear 09-09-16
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    "Chicago accent??"

    I have lived for my entire life never heard this terrible accent!! Better research needed

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    "a bit gruesome but worth it"

    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.

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    msk 12-29-15
    msk 12-29-15
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    "Good...BUT"

    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.

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    nicole knoxville, TN, United States 10-10-15
    nicole knoxville, TN, United States 10-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book and plot. I loved the characters."

    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 .

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    S. Walters GA 10-09-15
    S. Walters GA 10-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good book..."

    I was hooked from the beginning to the end. I can't wait to read more turn from Tami Hoag.

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    JODIE Sacramento, CA, United States 09-07-15
    JODIE Sacramento, CA, United States 09-07-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing end to the series"
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    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

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    Amazon Customer Roswell, GA 06-17-15
    Amazon Customer Roswell, GA 06-17-15 Member Since 2017

    Kathy McD

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    "Whiny and predictable"
    What did you like best about Secrets to the Grave? What did you like least?

    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.


    What three words best describe Kirsten Potter’s voice?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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