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Down the Darkest Road

(Oak Knoll #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  13,588 ratings  ·  977 reviews
Once upon a time I had the perfect family. Then, as in all fairy tales, evil came into our lives…

Four years after Lauren Lawton’s sixteen-year-old daughter disappeared, the world gave up the girl for dead. Lauren’s husband took his own life. Her younger daughter is looking only for what’s left of her childhood. But Lauren never surrendered. She knows who took her child,
Paperback, 484 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Dutton (first published 2011)
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Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not gonna lie. Since I got an eReader, I rarely grab books at the grocery store any more. My cart is pristine and guiltless except for the fact that I don't always buy organic. And I buy a lot of booze.

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.

Jun 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am usually a big fan of Tami Hoag and have been following her novels for years, but this one is absolutely awful, mainly due to the presence of the most self-absorbed, navel-contemplating, sniveling protagonist I have encountered in long time...Lauren Lawson is so despicable that I had a hard time finishing this book. I did not care in the least what happens to this poor excuse for an adult human being, and this totally colors my interest in the other characters. Luckily the parts of the book ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars. However, I rounded it up to 4 stars on Goodreads.

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,
Teresa Medeiros
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know better than to start a Tami Hoag book when I want to accomplish anything else because once I started this one, I didn't want to put it down. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It was so nice to revisit characters from her former novels like Vince and Anne Leone and Mendez. What Tami does best is incorporate emotion into her stories. (Probably a gift from her years as a bestselling romance author.) Even when she's writing police procedure, it's never JUST procedure. You feel every ...more
Bill Garrison
DOWN THE DARKEST ROAD is Tami Hoag's third thriller in the Oak Knoll Series. The novel is set in the late 1980s long before the internet, cell phones, DNA testing and other advances made it easier to catch criminals. This book is by far the worst in the series. While the characters were interesting, it felt like it never got out of the first act. The first 350 pages seemed to be just a set up for the final 75 page finale. Some might claim the suspense was more psychological. I'm not claiming ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
This is the third book in the Oak Knoll Series by Tami Hoag. I have enjoyed all three books and having discovered them later was able to read all three books in a Tami Hoag binge reading week.
Sandra  Valente
I absolutely loved this book even though it was completely heart wrenching. It's been a while since I have read anything by Tami Hoag and I felt like slapping myself for it, needless to say that I shall get my backside into gear. I've now realised that there were two books prior to this one with the first being 'Deeper than the Dead' and the second, 'Secrets to the Grave'. All I know is that I'm thankful it can be read as a stand alone. Vince Leone, an FBI agent and Tony Mendez, a detective - ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNNG: Self-harm, rape threats.
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
Imagine having your sixteen-year old daughter abducted; disappear without knowing if or where she's alive. Imagine knowing who took her and not being able to do anything about it! This is the situation Lauren Lawton finds herself in for the last four years.

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
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3.5 stars

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
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, tami-hoag
The third in the Oak Knoll series, I actually thought this was the best.

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.
Book 3 in the series and my least favourite. Only one of the main characters from earlier books, played a big part. The main character, the mother, while in a bad position, just plain got on my nerves. Sorry to say, spoiler alert, it’s not difficult to know what is coming at the end. Not one the authors best in my humble opinion. Sorry!!
Leslie - MamaNeedsABook
Once upon a time I had the perfect family. I had the perfect husband. I had the perfect children. I had the perfect life in the perfect home. And then, as in all fairy tales, evil came into our lives and destroyed us.

That quote makes for a pretty good summary of the book! Lauren Lawton has a perfect life that comes crashing down when her oldest daughter, Leslie, is kidnapped. The book opens 4 years later when Lauren and her remaining daughter Leah move to Oak Knoll to start over. Lauren's
Hannah Polley
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime, tami-hoag
This book is about a mother who’s 16 year old daughter disappeared 4 years ago and who’s husband killed himself 2 years ago. Lauren is trying to rebuild a life with her youngest daughter (or is she?), who is now also about to turn 16.

As we go deeper into the story, we find out that Lauren is the one stalking the man that she suspects took her daughter.

Although it is obvious that Lauren has the right man, I didn’t see the twist coming and I thought it was a suitably dramatic ending.

I would have
I was glad to be back in the reading world of Oak Knoll. The author writes well, the story is heart wrenching, and there are a few surprises and twists.

I was able to guess one of the twists, but it was pretty far into the story that I realized what was going on.

The young girls and their senses of loss, of well-being, were ones I wanted to see become whole again.

If there are more Oak Knoll stories, I will find them!
M.E. Tudor
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time feeling sorry for the main character of this story, but it's still really good. I wanted to kill the bad guy several times over. I'm sure anyone who reads this will too. It's also a good example of how the laws are set up to protect the bad people.
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot and story lines eclipsed the characters.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Down the Darkest Road was very hard to read, not because it wasn’t a good book. It was, but child abduction is never easy to read about….ever. Lauren and her 16 year old daughter, Leah, have moved to Oak Knoll to try and get away from the past 4 years. Four years ago Lauren’s daughter was kidnapped and she was never located. Two years ago Lauren’s husband died in an accident. The only thing that has been keeping her together was her hatred of the man that she knows had something to do with the ...more
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sherri F.
Audio (MP3): This #3 in Oak Knoll series, but my first in this series & by this author, and it definitely won't be my last. It makes references to cases in #1 & 2, but detailed enough that it is not nec. to read first, but I plan to go back to them b/c liked story-telling style as well as re-occurring characters. Good, intense & haunting, esp. for parents of girls. Good read or listen (narrated by good & popular Kristen Potter); suspenseful page-turner. I look forward to others ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frightening plot (parent's nightmare), definitive characters, graphic sex (POV mostly), foul language, it's stand-alone & well-read (Kirsten Potter) in audio version. The title concerns the mother's decisions not just the tragedy - she is, easily, the most selfish character I've met in a novel - ever. It's ALL about her. I came to actively dislike her. I dislike 'the bad guys' (who doesn't?). I liked others, including the remaining child. Consequently, the author did succeed in making me ...more
There are many books about serial killers but this is one of the best as she gives us pointers on protecting ourselves from all the vicious monsters that are out there. She says women are too helpful and its true. Its too bad that the state of Colorado didn't execute Ted Bundy when they had him in jail as they would have saved the lives of many women and one little girl in Florida. I hope they will all be executed sooner.

Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult to get out of my car with this audio CD playing. Found so many excuses to go somewhere for a bit. Sixteen year old female disappears without a trace. This catches your interest. The only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is that the pervert in this book is so creepy and does such disgusting things, I felt slightly sickened sometimes. He is horrid!!! The ending is really done nicely. I'd love to recommend this book to people but the disgusting parts won't let me.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written differently than the last 2 in this series, we know the perpetrator immediately. We can build a sense of hate & resentment against him, yet never truly find out what happened to his first victim.
A great twist at the end....
This was totally like a lifetime movie - morally superior with a vengeance seeking mother and lots of skeezy details. Also the narrator had a breathy "flowers in the attic adult Cathy voice over" esque voice, which only added to it. Kinda dumb, but in an enjoyable way.
I have really enjoyed listening to this series and I am sorry to see it end.
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same like her other book...I love the style but I don't like the story because you know how it will end (who the murderer is...) I like a surprise at the end of the story......
Jul 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I finished this rubbish. What a waste of my life. I should have my library card revoked for this shocking error in judgment and taste.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One book too many

The first two books in this trilogy moved right along and kept one's attention. The third book had a good plot but was so boring!
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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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“Anybody can be a victim, and anybody can flog themselves. Big fucking deal. But you put one foot on a ladder and climb to the next rung. Then you've done something. Then you've made a difference. And then what happens matters. Otherwise, it's just old news, and nobody wants to hear about it.” 8 likes
“As Winston Churchill said, "If you're going through hell, keep going." I know from hard experience that can be the longest journey down the darkest road. And I have learned that sometime the shortest distance isnt' forward, but up.” 3 likes
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