Down the Darkest Road (Oak Knoll #3)
Four years after the unsolved disappearance of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Lauren Lawton is the only one still chasing the ghosts of her perfect life. The ...more
I make my shameful purchases in the dark at two a.m. and then record them here for the world to see. So I feel badly about adding this to grocery store impulse purchase shelf EXCEPT that I saw this at Ralph's and knew to download it. So it counts.
For the record: NO SPINSTERS DIE. NO SLUTTY G ...more
Down the Darkest Road is not my favorite Tami Hoag book and I think the reason why is that because I read the series out of order. I hate doing that. In my defense though I bought this at the bookstore and asked a sales associate if this was the first book in the series because the books are not identified in any way as number 1, 2, or 3. So this is my roundabout way of saying that Barnes and Noble, yo ...more
The Lawton family was once a happy family of four, husband and wife, with two daughters: Leslie and Leah, living a charmed life in Santa Barbara, California. Leslie being abducted has destroyed that. Lance, Lauren's husband couldn't take the ...more
Down the Darkest Road was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Penguin Group (USA).
Set in the early 90s, ‘Down the Darkest Road’ is the third installment in Tami Hoag’s ‘Oak Knoll’ series. Once again we’re thrown into the world of Vince and Anne and Mendez where the current investigation deals with missing 16 year-old Leslie who disappears without a trace and her mother Laura who is left to cope with her absence. This was definitely a he ...more
Hoag has a talent for creating angst and tragic characters. Nothing new here, but then again something doesn't have to be new or different to be entertaining.
While occasionally cliche, I find her characters well-developed and likeable.
Bottom line: Solid mystery, heavy on the psychological suspense with just enough action to keep it moving.
A great twist at the end....
Imagine the anguish: Law enforcement can't nail the pervert responsible for the disappearance of Lauren's sixteen-year old daughter Leslie. Even though they're pretty sure they know who did it, they can't prove it. No evidence. In her heart of hearts, every one of Lau ...more
But Lauren, Leslie's mother, knew in her heart that Roland Ballencoa had taken her daughter. After losing her husband in a car accident two years later and unable to remain in the family home with all the once h...more
Lauren Lawton of Santa Barbara, CA once thought she had the perfect family...her husband Lance, Lauren and their girls...Leslie and Leah. Lauren's words describe the scene best "and then, as in ...more
We’re introduced to the story through the eyes of Lauren Lawton who writes, “Once upon a time I had ...more
I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.
This is the story of Lauren Lawton and her struggle to find her eldest daughter Lesley who has been missing for the last four years.
Since Lesley disappearance, the Lawton's family sufferance never ended, on the contrary. Lauren's husband wasn't able to cope with the lost of his dearest daughter and decided to end his life in a car accident.
In order to make a change in scenery, Lauren and he ...more
Life isn't always fair and the justice system isn't always just. Lauren knows this better than others because the man she knows is responsible for her daughter's ...more
This book has less gore than the previous two books yet Hoag still manages to create a villian that will have ...more
It has a cast of interesting characters, which are mixed and varied in this story with one of my favourites being Danni Tanner. She comes equipped with quite a foul mouth, yet despite this, she didn't come across as simply disgusting. Sometimes, it's necessary. The vibe I got throughout the book eludes to a love interest in a future book between Danni and Tony, although at the beginning I somehow ...more