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Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll #1)

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When three children stumble on a shallow grave in 1984, an idyllic California community is rocked to its core. The victim is a young woman, her eyes and lips sealed closed, a blind and silent witness to an unspeakable crime. The third victim in two years’ time, it’s clear that a serial killer has come calling.

As a member of the FBI’s fledgling criminal profiling unit, Spec
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Published December 29th 2009 by Random House Audio (first published December 31st 2008)
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Once Upon
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
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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
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Rick
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
Jane Stewart
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.

CAUTION FOR SENSITIVE READERS:
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
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Keri
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
Book Him Danno
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
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L. Chambers-Wright
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Bonnie
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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.

Thoughts

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
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Shazza Maddog
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Robyn
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June Ahern
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
Kelly
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Carol
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
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Yine çok güzel bir Tami Hoag polisiyesi sayfaları çevirmekte bi sorun yaşamadım kesinlikle.

Bitişte yanlız rahatsız eden bazı soru işaretleriyle bıraktı beni o yüzden 4 yıldız verdim

En büyük soru işareti katille ilgiliydi katili tam olarak anlayamamız bence kötüydü geçmişi ile ilgili bişey söylenmedi yada neden buna itildi sonuçta bu yola girmesine bi şey sebep olmuştur o cinayetleri işleyiş şekli nedendir motive edici unsur nedir bilmek isterdim açıkçası

ve de hikayenin bir yerinde başka bir kati
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Kristen
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
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.
Terri Lynn
You might wonder if it is possible to really love a story if you dislike almost all of the characters in it but I am here to tell you that it is more than possible- I loved this story but detested most of the characters.

Set in 1985, the main character is a 5th grade schoolteacher Anne Navarre. She lives in California with her stepfather and it is a mutual hate society between them. He had verbally and emotionally abused her and her mother yet when her mother was dying, she made Anne promise to
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Daniel Rudge
This was the first time I picked up a Tami Hoag book. For me, the novel was not really bad and not really good. The book is set in 1984, before DNA evidence and cell phones. So local law enforcement relies on the Special Behavioral Unit from the FBI when dealing with a serial killer. So Hoag gives us a rather interesting serial killer to follow. One who obliterates his victims by rupturing their eardrums and super gluing their eyes and mouths shut. When he is finished, he half buries them to mak ...more
Ruth
3 1/2 . good suspenseful read. lots of flawed characters. liked the school teacher and her sidekick.
Loretta
Oh.. my.. I AM IN LOVE with Vince! Head full of lead and all. I truly enjoyed this tale of terror! Anne is a lucky girl to connect with Vince and a phenomenal teacher. Her best friend, Franny, is a little out of the box for the time frame but still a pleasure to encounter as the comic-relief. I so did NOT anticipate the deputy snapping so drastically, although that family situation broke my heart again and again throughout the story. As for the suspects? oh holy wow.

I once read an article that a
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Yvonne
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
Kesha
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
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Darren L.
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
Auriette
I don’t read many mysteries, and I’d never read anything by Tami Hoag until I picked up “Deeper Than the Dead” a couple of weeks ago. I should explain that more clearly. A few months ago, I won copies of two books by Ms. Hoag, and I gave them to my mom, and she read them and gave them back, and then I started reading the paperback a couple of weeks ago.

“Deeper Than the Dead” is set in the dark ages of 1985, when I was in college. The author explains in her forward that this is before the interne
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John

What I've really enjoyed about the earlier Tami Hoag books I've read is that she's had such an original voice; her books aren't just thrillers, they're very distinctively her thrillers. Here, though, it's as if she's been instructed to write like all the other kids on the block, and confining herself to a straightforward serial-killer thriller, complete with romantic element as aging FBI profiler and reticent-bombshell schoolmarm fall for each other.

There's lots of good stuff, though. The charac
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Becca
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Brenda
Sep 28, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Kathy Davie
First in the Oak Knoll suspense series and the brutal serial killing slowly being revealed in this small California town.


My Take
Oooh...Hoag was a tricky devil! She just leads you around by your expectations until she smacks you over the head with the truth! I can't wait to read Secrets to the Grave ! Partly to find out what happens next, but mostly because I like her flawed hero. It's not often we get a man with a bullet in his brain...alive...and one of the heroes of the story. He has such a lo
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Suspense Magazine
In a stunning return to writing, Tami Hoag changes the game by returning her readers to forensics of the past in “Deeper than the Dead”. As fans, we find books cluttering the store shelves where protagonists need only turn on their blackberry to solve the most heinous crimes. It often seems to be a competition—similar to that of our favorite television shows—to offer us storylines that are more and more implausible yet easily solved using state-of-the-art technology.

“Deeper than the Dead” retur
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag began her professional career writing for Bantam’s Loveswept line of romance novels. In 1988 her first novel, The Trouble With J.J. was published.

With fifteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Hoag has more than 35 million books in print, published in more than twenty languages worldwide. Her first thriller, Night Sins, was made i
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