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Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  16,207 Ratings  ·  1,349 Reviews
California, 1985. Four 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 ent ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Orion (first published December 31st 2008)
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Sep 24, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I am totally addicted to audiobooks now! I absolutely LOVE being able to do other things while I listen to a book! I listen when I'm doing the housework, driving my car, folding the washing... Even have it on speaker when I'm in the shower! Feels like I am accomplishing something when I am doing menial tasks! Love it! And I LOVED this Tami Hoag thriller! This is the first book I have ever "read" of Hoag's, but it absolutely wont be the last!

The year is 1985 and while running through the woods, c
Once Upon a Twilight
The book took off from the very beginning. Every chapter was filled with suspense and drama and honestly, I couldn't put the book down. I especially loved how Tami Hoag described the characters and their surroundings with such detail. I actually felt like I was living in Oak Knoll! The book had me guessing who the serial killer was the whole time and just when I thought it was this person, new things happen and made me change my mind completely. She really did a phenomenal job!

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Missy Ann
I pushed myself through the first 50 pages (I try to give every book I pick up a fair chance). I then gave it even more time and it did move ok for a bit.

But it's asking too much of me. I just can not suspend disbelief enough to finish this.

1. A gay male kindergarten teacher. What more can I say? It's about as believable as a unicorn. He lives alone with his two dogs and he's the heroine's BFF. He literally referred to himself as her "sidekick". Argh! He comes across to me as the stereotypical
I have read Ms Hoag, but it has been quite a while back so I was happy to revisit her. This was OK for me. A good suspenseful who done it with so much going on that the reader was led from one suspect to another before the big reveal. A good job throwing out those breadcrumbs.

I appreciated that the author comments in the notes that she knew she wanted to tell a story set in the time of Dallas, shoulder pads, big hair and Miami Vice as this was her growing up time (as well as mine) What I thoug
I listened to the audiobook. There was a lot going on all at once and all of a sudden here in small-town California: multiple murder suspects for multiple murders, families in discord and chaos (no wedded bliss here), children stumbling over dead people, one of the children is a sociopath, and even the police are not exempt from investigation.

One of those called in to investigate is an FBI agent from Chicago, but from his accent you would think him from New Jersey or New York. I bet the narrator
Jess Schira
If you are looking for a romance novel with hot guys Deeper Than the Dead is not the book for you. However, if you want a novel that is going to keep you up late and worry about what your neighbors are up to, you are going to love this novel. Deeper Than the Dead has all the ingredients a good thriller needs including crooked cops, creepy kids, grisly murders, and bizarre burials.

One of Hoag’s trademarks is her writing voice; it is consistent and smooth. That alone would be enough to have her st
Jul 25, 2016 Shaun rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I enjoyed this, though it is the least favorite of her novels that I've read so far.

On the positive side, Tami Hoag knows serial killers. She has clearly read her share of true life crime and FBI profiling books. I've read them to.

I like that she explores the why in her fictional accounts. I think most true crime books explore the how, when, where and what but few give us a good sense of the why. That's where her time spent reading the John Douglas and Roy Hazelwood shows.

She's also a good write
Jane Stewart
Feb 12, 2013 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Absorbing mystery. Scary suspense. But unfinished ending.

Well done story telling. Good character development. I liked interactions and conversations. The last hour was edge of your seat. There is an enjoyable romance, but it’s a minor part of the story. Anne’s friend Franny was very entertaining.

Violence and torture. The serial killer glues the eyes and mouth shut, destroys the ear drums, and tortures with a knife. There was not a lot of detail, but those ideas stay
Oct 09, 2013 Rick rated it liked it
A solid thriller that I would have rated higher save for two reasons: the contrived 1980s setting, which I felt was little more than an excuse to so obviously shout, "Look we don't have DNA testing perfected; look we have huge cell phones" and really did not add to the story. I also kept expecting the 1980s to somehow tie into the present day, even in an epilogue, which made the whole time setting kind of pointless to me. I also was a little offended by the sole gay character who was so flaming ...more
L. Chambers-Wright
Jun 18, 2012 L. Chambers-Wright rated it it was ok
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Jul 17, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the Reviews was almost as entertaining as the book itself.... certainly produced a variety of opinions! My opinion, worthless to anyone other than myself, is: Hoag is one of the better female thriller authors. Sure, she gets a bit boggled down here and there with predictable actions/scenes... but overall, she does deliver some interesting twists along the way. What I appreciated most were the revelations that people/families cannot be judged by their public personas... something I've fou ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Oct 17, 2011 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The end was insane. Really enjoyed this book. Out of all the Hoag novels I've read... this is the best.
3.5 stars...

This is my second Tami Hoag book and I'm still impressed! The only thing, though, was the numerous characters. The book has a lot of names that I needed to go back and forth to remember. And I felt like it fell short on how the other issues were solved. But still a good twist and ending!
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Good book with some whacked out characters! I'm fascinated by criminal profiling and this book is set in it's early stages. Not really focused alot on it but it's still an action packed read.
Shazza Maddog
Sep 25, 2011 Shazza Maddog rated it really liked it
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The year was 1985. Duran, Duran was on the radio, Queen's Radio GaGa was on video and dead bodies are half buried in the park. At least that is what four 5th graders discovered as they were racing through the park. To bad young sensitive Danny is the one that fell right on top of the victim. As Anne Navarre, their teacher, tries to help her students cope with the horror that they have uncovered. Law enforcement have to cope with the fact that this is not their first victim, this is their third. ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, mystery, z-2011
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The Storyline

The body of a woman with her eyes and mouth glued shut are discovered in the woods by three school children on their way home from school. Discovering the woman’s body is only the beginning of how they become entangled in this mystery in a small town.


This was my first Tami Hoag book; I’ve been seeing her books everywhere for years and have been meaning to get around to it. My coworker actually brought me her copy from home and
Sep 28, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller lovers
This was an awesome book! I have had it in my bookcase for almost 12 months and wish I read it earlier! It's the first in the Oak Knoll series, and I actually read the 2nd some time back and didn't realize it was a series, so they are able to be read as stand alone. But after reading this one, I will revisit the 2nd, and read on!

Anne Navarre is a school teacher of 10 year olds. She loves teaching, and loves her kids, though some are harder to love than others! One afternoon, as two friends, Tom
Apr 11, 2010 Kesha rated it it was ok
I preface this review by saying that I have read another Tami Hoag book and liked it, so this is not a general reflection on the author, if you like her style of writing. That said, I found this book laughably bad. I have given it 2 stars because I reserve 1 star ratings for books I can't finish after a year or more. I managed to finish this one, but was sorry I did.

The author challenged herself by setting the story in the 80s, before most of the forensic devices used in most modern mysteries we
Book Him Danno
Oct 01, 2011 Book Him Danno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow that was a suspense filled book that kept me on the edge of my seat...who is the killer and will he or she kill again? Wow that was a good book I really need to give it 4 1/2 stars. If you enjoy murder mysteries with a bit of romance you would enjoy this book. Wow it was scary I was shaking at the end with wonder if the murder would be caught. Read this book. Wow

A murder mystery that I didn’t want to put down. Tami wove a story that kept you turning the page wanting answers to the questions
Kelly Roll
Sep 16, 2011 Kelly Roll rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
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Sherri F.
Audio: 4.5+ This is a great series, too bad there's only 3 installments so far. This is #1 in series and even better than the only other one I read/listened to so far (#3: Down the Darkest Road). In spite of the harsh content of serial killer along w/some disfunctional and abusive couples and parents, I liked the storyline, the telling of it and narrating of audio version and loved many of the reoccurring characters. I really found little to complain about. Even though audio is over 13 hrs is se ...more
Darren L.
May 06, 2010 Darren L. rated it it was amazing
I've always liked Tami Hoag. She has a gutsy willingness to take on brutal subjects, which I admire. But WOW Deeper Than the Dead is Hoag at her best. Four kids in fifth grade stumble onto a woman's body partially buried in a staged "dump site" where the killer knows she will be found. After a few character/background developments, we learn that this is probably the last victim in a series, with two or three women abducted, tortured, and eventually killed. And another woman is missing. None of t ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 03, 2015 Tol21 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Λοιπόν, πιο βαθιά κι από τους νεκρούς: ωραίος τίτλος αν και δε στοχεύει ακριβώς σε όλο το σκηνικό της πλοκής, θέλει να σε μπερδεύει σαν λογοπαίγνιο ένα πράγμα. Όσον αφορά την πλοκή: τέσσερα παιδιά της πέμπτης δημοτικού βρίσκουν μισοθαμμένο ένα πτώμα μιας νεαρής γυναίκας (συνηθισμένο αλλά..) με τα μάτια και το στόμα κολλημένα με κόλλα στιγμής. (Πολύ πρωτότυπο παγιδεύοντας το θύμα μέσα στο ίδιο του το σώμα, αδύναμο να δει τον φονιά του καθώς και να φωνάξει για βοήθεια.) Η ροή της πλοκής σε ρουφάει ...more
June Ahern
Dec 17, 2011 June Ahern rated it really liked it
I really must stop with these gruesome books with too vivid descriptions of how the victims die. Remember in the older mysteries, we just knew that a knife wound brought blood, not shredded the heart, opened the valves, with gallons of blood soaking - etc etc - but, I did read Ms. Tami Hoag's mystery thriller - no, not read, listened to the CDs and found the plot good, the characters believable and interesting and the dialogue real. The gory, ugh. Women (always the chicks) going a missing and th ...more
3,5 stars This was my first Tami Hoag book and on the positive side, it certainly had an addicting quality. I couldn't wait to figure out the serial killer identity and what was going to happen to the fifth grade children who had stumbled onto a body in the woods. However, I do think the story would have been stronger if it had stuck to one event, instead of all the piling on of domestic and violent situations. It started to seem like the TV show Desperate Housewives where you're rolling your ey ...more
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ve de hikayenin bir yerinde başka bir kati
Due to delayed publication, the next book from Deeper than the Dead is a stellar thriller. It centers on a sleepy quiet college town, when four kids discover a murder in a park, and wakes up the neighborhood. Secrets comes out in full force, when the investigation is in full wing, and shocking surprises disturb the whole community of Oak Knoll, California. Even a possible romance blossom between two unexpected characters to wrap things up in a surprising ending. If you love good thrillers, check ...more
Terri Tinkel
Mar 24, 2013 Terri Tinkel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This was an amazing mystery. It's been a long time since I read about serial killers and police work. This book was worth the wait. From the beginning sentence, this novel pulls the reader along on a wild ride with multiple suspects and clues. It would make a great movie because you don't know until almost the last part of the book who really was behind the terrible deaths of these women. And even when you know who the killer is; you don't know if he worked alone.
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Tami Hoag is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide, including her latest thrillers—BITTER SEASON, COLD COLD HEART and THE 9TH GIRL. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, Hoag first hit the New York Times Bestseller list with NIGHT SINS, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. ...more
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