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Secrets To The Grave (Oak Knoll #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  17,196 Ratings  ·  937 Reviews
Four-year-old Marissa Fordham, brutally slashed and mutilated, witnessed the murder of her mother. To protect their fragile witness, the police call in Anne Leone, child advocate. But when one loose thread begins to unravel the shroud of lies behind the case, a truth more terrible than anyone could have imagined is revealed--a truth that will put Anne and Haley directly in ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 8th 2011 by Orion Books (first published November 23rd 2010)
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Sep 29, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, tami-hoag
Very enjoyable suspense story. It starts with the murder of a young single mother who is found stabbed to death multiple times, her body mutilated. Her 4-year-old daughter, Haley, is the only witness to the crime, but Haley is shutting out the memories of what she saw. The story was fast-paced and told from multiple points of view. The crime scenes were grisly and the violence graphic. This was book 2 in Tami Hoag's Oak Knoll series, so there are a lot of familiar faces from the first book, Deep ...more
Feb 04, 2017 Obsidian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
I can honestly say that this book creeped me out a lot. With Hoag setting the first scene with a graphic description of the murder victim, and how our bodies break down after death, I may have been off food for several hours while I finished this book.

It seems this days I am destined to read book series out of order. I read book #3 last year, and finally went and bought book #2. I will so just go buy book #1 just so I can complete the "Oak Knoll" series eventually though.

Unlike with book #1, the
Feb 21, 2013 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Secrets to the Grave

This is a sequel to Deeper than the Dead set a few months later in 1986. Vince Leone is living in Oak Knoll, having retired from the FBI & married to Anne Navarre. He still offers his services as a consultant around the USA while Anne Navarre has quit teaching to pursue a degree in child psychology.

A local artist, a single mother, slaughtered with her four-year-old child near death herself. Marissa was stabbed dozens of time while Haley, the child, was smothered & lef
Aug 14, 2016 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, tami-hoag
Decent second installment in the Oak Knoll series.

While this can be read as a stand alone, many of the characters and scenarios are continuations from the first novel.

As a whole, I really like Hoag's writing, which is competent and smooth. The characters in this series aren't as strong as some other series I've read, but they're good enough. What I really find compelling about her books is her efforts to explore through fiction the anatomy of a killer. Mysteries and who-done-its are fun, but the
Dec 22, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a First Reads giveaway and I feel very lucky to have gotten it! It is a terrific book.

This is the first book I have read by Tami Hoag, but I now consider myself a fan. The book never has a slow spot and for its over 400 pages is a very quick read.

I highly recommend "Secrets to the Grave." If you like Harlan Coben and Tana French, this is definitely a book for you!
Feb 22, 2014 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book got lucky. It was lucky that it was an audiobook, and it was lucky that I didn't have another to switch to. First of all, I found out on goodreads that this was actually a second book (The audiobook case says nothing about Oak Knoll #2)!

I do think it could stand alone, however, I spent the opening bit wondering more about the extensive backstory (which, as it turns out, was the first book) and trying to put the pieces together. Maybe it would have been easier had I read the first one,
Taylor Henderson
God I love Tami Hoag! Can't get enough of her writing!!! As always, I was hooked from page one. When I wasn't reading (which I rarely get time to do with my busy schedule), I was thinking about this book! This is the first novel of hers where I actually guessed the killer though. Lots of great twists and I love these characters so much. Haley was adorable too!
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
"A woman lay dead, her hair spreading out around her head like a dark cloud. Her skin was the color of milk. Her lips had been painted as red a rose- as red as her blood must have been as it drained from the wounds carved into her flesh.
She lay discarded like a life-size broken doll. Made up, torn up, and cast aside. Her brown eyes cloudy and lifeless.
Beside her lay a smaller doll- her child. Head resting on her shoulder , face streaked with the last of her mother's lifeblood."

& so begins
Nov 13, 2011 Monnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When an author can keep me on the edge of my seat flip-flopping back and forth with guesses of whodunit, I love it. And although I happy to say I'd pegged the guilty party fairly early on, because of the outstanding writing, near the end I kept doubting myself on just about every other page. Ms. Hoag, you've done it again - another winner in my "book!"
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Another good suspenseful story. I have now figured out that whoever I think did it, is the absolutely wrong person. It will be anyone else. Entertaining read if you like reading this type of story.
Mar 26, 2017 Paradoxe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ σφιχτοδεμένη πλοκή, απ' τις πλέον καλοδουλεμένες υποθέσεις που έχω διαβάσει και οι περισσότεροι χαρακτήρες έχουν βάθος, δομούνται άριστα και στέκονται στο χώρο.

Ωστόσο, ορισμένοι χαρακτήρες έπρεπε να έχουν δουλευτεί περισσότερο και επίσης για όσους έχουν διαβάσει το προηγούμενο βιβλίο της σειράς πιθανόν οι σχέσεις αναπτύσσονται επιμελώς και επαρκώς. Εγώ δεν το έχω διαβάσει κι ήταν φανερή διαρκώς η απόσταση, παρά την καλή χημεία αρκετών χαρακτήρων μεταξύ τους. Τώρα βέβαια δε μπορώ να το διαβά
Feb 04, 2011 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
This was a sequel to Hoag's "Deeper Than The Dead" which I read a year ago. The core characters were the same, and the "see-no-evil" murderer still hasn't been tried. Once again, I find it distracting that the author deliberately sets the mystery in the mid-eighties before DNA evidence and other forensic advances. Oddly, though it is before these things, the detectives all seemed to have knowledge of what these things were and what they would do - can't have it both ways, unless her detectives a ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tami Hoag is my NEW Favorite Author!! She can spin a tale of suspense like no other author. Her characters are believable and convincing of their parts! This latest book "Secrets of the Grave" Oak Knoll Series #2 is going to keep you on your toes! Just when I thought I knew who was the killer, she twists the characters again and WHAM!! It ends as you never thought it would. She can combine a love story with a mystery and twist it into the most amazing Thriller story you will read! Secrets to the Grave (Oak Knoll, #2) by Tami Hoag
Stacy Green
Really enjoyed this book. It's the follow up to Deeper Than The Dead, so I already knew the characters. The first page hooks me: a horrific murder is committed with the woman's four-year-old child left behind. Set in the mid-eighties in the early days of modern profiling, Hoag's research is evident and her characterization is very strong.

As usual, Hoag gives you several red herrings, but the villan is ferreted out by well characterized cops. Lots of sub-plots going on in the book - a new marria
Georgiann Hennelly
Secrets to the Grave is the latest book in Tami Hoags deeper than the dead micro series, It picks up one year after the events of Deeper than the Dead. As the story opens residents of Oak Knoll, California find themselves once again dealing with murder. Anne , Vince, Tony and the rest of the characters are back on the scene to solve the new murder and finish wrapping up the loose ends in the See- No -Evil case from the previous boo. Tami Hoag draws her readers into the story in such a way that t ...more
Nice easy read!
Joan Swan
As a writer, I thought SECRETS FROM THE GRAVE had wonderful craft lessons to offer. As a reader, it felt a little too slow for me and I shelved it about 2/3 of the way through, while many, many of her other books have been unputdownable for me.


I discovered Tami Hoag's work somewhere in the middle of her career with the romantic suspense thrillers Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust.

Her stories are vivid and fast paced and I've always found her ability to craft deeply difficult, violent, even gr
Kathy Davie
May 16, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Second in the Oak Knoll suspense series revolving around Vince and Anne Leone in the town of Oak Knoll in California.

My Take
Oh, boy, talk about suspenseful. I actually started to suspect whodunnit, but I wouldn't have guessed the whydunnit. It was certainly an interesting look inside the head of behaviorists! And a very sad look at the difficulties involved in telling a four-year-old that her mother has died.

I just loved this quote. For such a "misfit", Zander is amazingly perceptive:
Her percep
Mar 31, 2017 Jaelynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Loved this book! This is the first book I've read from this author and I'm compelled to check out more now! This book has a such a high level of intensity and suspense that keeps you turning pages and guessing the ending throughout the whole novel.
Secrets to the Grave is an able follow-up to Deeper than the Dead, suspenseful and plenty engrossing, though it comes up a little bit short of its predecessor. I'm an unabashed Tami Hoag fan, and Secrets to the Grave is a perfectly good offering, but at the same time, she's done better.

I was happy to revisit the key characters of Deeper than the Dead, and so soon after the events of that book that some many, many details carry over. I still enjoy the relationship between Anne Navarre and Vince L
Goodreads Description- Marissa Fordham had a past full of secrets, a present full of lies. Everyone knew of her, but no one knew her.

When Marissa is found brutally murdered, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See- No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not

Just like the first one, Deeper Than the Dead, I had already read this one, but decided to read it again and judge it in the light of my brand-new development as raging feminist.

Synopsis: Marissa, a single mother (which, as I'm given to understand by the introduction, was a VERY scandalous thing during the 80s in America), is found brutally murdered and mutilated, creating an upheaval in the idyllic small town of Oak Knoll. Still recoverin
Laura de Leon
Nov 07, 2010 Laura de Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, calling this book a fun read, or an entertaining one doesn't quite send the right message. It's a compelling mystery, with some great characters. It's also quite disturbing, deliberately so.

Secrets to the Grave looks at several aspects of violence, starting with an extremely brutal murder of a young mother, and the attempted murder of her 4 year old child. Several other characters are brutally attacked, some characters are living with the results of previous violence-- some recent, some from

Tami Hoag kesinlikle vazgeçilmez yazarlarım arasında şimdiye kadar beğenmediğim bir kitabı yok bu kitapla da değişmedi bu durum.

Yine çok akıcı merak uyandırıcı sizi içine çeken bir kitap.

İlk kitaptaki olayların üstünden bir yıl geçmiş durumda kendimizi buluyoruz ve yeni bir cinayet davasıyla karşılaşıyoruz. Bir kadın defalarca bıcaklanılmış göğüsleri kesilip çıkartılmış vajinası bıçak sokulmuş şekilde bulunuyor bayağı canice işlenmiş bir cinayet yani olaya şahit olan 4 yaşındaki küçük kızda
Terri Powers
Aug 07, 2013 Terri Powers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Review of a Tami Hoag Novel, Secrets To The Grave:

I love this series! The second in the Oak Knoll series has all the elements I enjoy in a police procedural: painstaking and plodding detectives sifting through the evidence, half-truths from witnesses and family, and there there’s me, reading and trying to help put the pieces together. Tami Hoag is great at describing the mundane yet meticulous routine of police work in a way that moves the story along and has the reader guessing to the e
Obviously, from my book lists, my dirty little secret is out. I like these kinds of books even though they're basically a lifetime movie in book form. I liked Deeper than Dead because of the characters but this time around feels forced. Oak Knoll is kind of a small town to be constantly beset by homicidal maniacs. That's their official name btw. Even the cops in this book call them homicidal maniacs so you know it's true.

I like stereotypes in my books they make it easy to know who the bad guys
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
One thing became quite clear to me after reading Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag, the second book in the Deeper Than the Dead series: I don't want to move to Oak Knoll, California, no matter how idyllic the setting seems. This time young artist Marissa Fordham is found brutally murdered with her barely-alive four year old daughter, Haley, resting her head on her dead mother's shoulder.

Tony Mendez is back on the case with assistance from, among others, Vince Leone, former FBI profiler. Vince ha
Karen Bonilla
The premise of this book sounded fabulous and i couldn't wait to read it. A young, single mother is brutally murdered and her child is almost killed. The little girl manages to call 9-1-1 and gasp "daddy hurt my mother" but the story takes place before they had the ability to trace those calls and it takes two days before they are discovered. No one seems to know anything about the woman's past or the child's father. Then they discover that there is no record of the mother ever existing before s ...more
Sonia Cristina
Feb 20, 2015 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Como já é habitual, a autora criou aqui uma história que, apesar de não ter muita ação, era cativante e imperdível. Já não me lembro de muitos pormenores de Mais Negro do que a Morte, o primeiro volume pelo que foi ótimo que houvesse diversas menções ao caso e saber agora um pouco mais de alguns personagens que foram tão afetados por esse caso.

A ação desenrola-se em 1986, uma época em que a tecnologia na área criminal e forense não estava tão desenvolvida como agora, foi muito giro e interessant
Secrets to the Grave is the 2nd book in the Oak Knoll trilogy and I think it’s important to read the books in order, and in preferably within a short time span. This book is a direct continuation of book 1 and it refers to the earlier plot and main players so often that for me, having read the first book 3 years ago, it was hard to remember many of the details.
Apart from that I think this is a pretty good read. I liked the moments the detectives were gathering and brainstorming, piecing together
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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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  • Down the Darkest Road (Oak Knoll, #3)

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