Saturday, April 9, 2011

Review of : Deeper Than The Dead by Tami Hoag

The #1 New York Times bestselling author joins the Dutton list with the thriller her millions of fans have been awaiting for two years.

Tami Hoag is in a class by herself, beloved by readers and critic s alike, with more than 22 million copies of her books in print. With Hoag's first novel for Dutton, she proves anew why the Chicago Tribune called her "one of the most intense suspense writers around."

California, 1984. Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

Detective Tony Mendez, fresh from a law enforcement course at FBI headquarters, is charged with interpreting those now revealed secrets. He's using a new technique-profiling-to develop a theory of the case, a strategy that pushes him ever deeper into the lives of the three children, and closer to the young teacher whose interest in recent events becomes as intense as his own.

As new victims are found and the media scrutiny of the investigation bears down on them, both Mendez and Navarre are unsure if those who suffer most are the victims themselves-or the family and friends of the killer, blissfully unaware that someone very close to them is a brutal, calculating psychopath.

My Review:
It boggles my mind that someone could be a serial killer and although this is a work of fiction, it can make you lose sleep to realize they are real and you can not always look at someone and know the evil they harbor inside.

This story is set in a small town in California where people move to get away from things like this. It is the 1980's and profiling is relatively a new boy on the block in investigation. DNA has not been established yet but is on the horizon.

We have some good cops and we have a neanderthal control freak who thinks all women are good for is being subservient to a man . We also see another case of how abuse of a child can turn that child into a potential killer.
I pretty much had the killer figured out right away but Hoag threw some surprise curves in which keeps you on your toes. 
Then I really didn't see the ending so it was a really good book. I give it 5croaks....


1. Deeper Than the Dead (2010)
2. Secrets to the Grave (2011)
3. Down the Darkest Road (2011)

Deeper Than the DeadSecrets to the Grave


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