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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, Sp
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Published December 29th 2009 by Random House Audio (first published December 31st 2008)
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Melissa
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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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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Rebecca McNutt
Set in the Eighties, Deeper than the Dead is a sinister and disturbing yet nostalgic and impressive novel featuring a small town in the wake of a mysterious murder.
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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Connie
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Audiobook narrated by Kirsten Potter
3.5***

Set in a California town a few hours from Los Angeles, in 1985, Hoag’s thriller begins when four children stumble upon the partially buried body of a woman while playing in the woods. Her eyes and mouth have been glued shut and it’s clear she’s been tortured. As the children’s teacher, Anne Navarre, tries to get them the help they need to process this horror, the local police turn to an FBI investigator, Vince Leone, to help develop a profile of the kil
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☮Karen
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
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Obsidian
If I had read this book first in the series, I would have never read books #2 and #3. Everyone (except for three out of the four kids) was terrible. Every adult was the worst ever. I felt like there were just too many characters for you to really focus on. I think if Hoag had either stuck with the lead detective to tell her story, or switched between him and the FBI profiler, it would have worked better. Instead we had at least 10 or more POVs I think. And we had the serial killer plot-line, the ...more
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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Shaun
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 John Douglas and Roy Hazelwood shows.

She's also a good writer. T
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Jane Stewart
Feb 12, 2013 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.

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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Patrice Hoffman
Oct 14, 2011 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.
Rick
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Beth
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Tami Hoag book and I must say, I'm a fan. I got sucked in right away and read thru the entire night until I figured out "who done it". I think the best part about this book in particular was the fact that it was set in the past. A lot of crime series rely on modern day technology to help their protagonist solve the mystery at hand. This book takes place in 1985 before computers, criminal databases and even technology to analyze fingerprints existed. This book reminds me a bit o ...more
L. Chambers-Wright
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Carol
Jul 17, 2014 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
Josen
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2017-library
3.5..........Mid-80's, a serial killer, southern California town (which funny enough is set right around where I'm at) and ten-year old kids. No, the serial killer is not after the children but still, unfortunately, preys on women. He's called the See-No-Evil killer because he takes away the senses of his victims. He glues their eyes & mouth shut and disables their hearing. I liked that the book wasn't as predictable as I thought it might be.......parts where I said, "oh wow, wasn't expectin ...more
Ami
Many f*cked up characters here. Man. Poor those kids; not their faults their parents are not normal.

The mystery was pretty good, I liked the revelation though I also wished it was gorier. But the instant love between the 48-year-old FBI Agent and the 28-year-old fifth-grader teacher ruined the book for me. Seriously. Three days. They know each other three days, they sleep together on the second day, and he says he is in love with her. Argh!! *tearing my hairs*

Oh, and the gay best friend is a p
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Bonnie
Sep 06, 2011 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.

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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Alex
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have heard mixed reviews of this author but I really enjoyed every second of this book. As far as murder/mystery/detective stories go, it isn't anything extraordinary, but the creation and development of the characters, especially the young children's point of view of the horrible incident, is truly captivating.
lookingforabura
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Brenda
Dec 30, 2010 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
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Kesha
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Book Him Danno
Sep 26, 2011 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
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Kelly Roll
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Bruno

4,5*

Explodir este cartucho foi um verdadeiro prazer!! A escrita envolvente e ronronante, as personagens bem descritas e cativantes, o policial nos tempos da década 80 em que ainda não havia os telemóveis e a identificação através do ADN ainda não era real, os crimes chocantes, as reviravoltas surpreendentes, e o final foi de cortar o folego apesar de ter adivinhado quem era o assassino em série desde o principio do livro!
Muito bom! Recomendado! E que venha o próximo!
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