Secrets to the Grave

Secrets to the GraveSem Gota De Sangue Desta Forma Que Marissa Fordham Encontradano Ch O Da Cozinha Da Pacata Casa Em Pak Knoll Sobre O Corpo, Enroscou Se A Filha Haley Ningu M Sabe Exatamente O Que Ela Viu Ou Quem Matou A Sua M E, Mas Sabem Que T M De Lidar Com Especial Cuidado Com Haley, A Nica Testemunha Do Crime O Detetive Mendez Recorre Aos Servi Os De Uma Estudante De Psicologia Infantil, Anne Leone, Mas A Dupla Cedo Descobre Que, Por Detr S Da Aparente Normalidade Da Vida Daquela Fam Lia, Se Esconde Um Negro Segredo 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, Deeper Than the Dead It had an interesting cast of characters, as there seem to be a lot of crazies running around Oak Knoll which made for a wide variety of suspects I enjoyed the 1986 setting, before many advance
Secrets to the GraveThis 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 left for dead Haley manages to survive is put in the protective custody of Vince and Anne while she recovers.The mystery is convoluted with odd red herrings and suspects who are in the closet, cheaters, or autistic The solutions to the mysteries that are produced are bizarre and weird Frankly, Oak Knoll sounds like a terrible place to live and I d move immediately.Bo
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 they are fun
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 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 town of Oak Knoll is not dealing with another serial killer Instead, a single mother Marissa Fordham is found hacked to pieces Marissa s four year old daughter is also found and it s apparent whoever killed her mother, thought they killed her too When the sheriff is called into investigate, they find themselves trying to figure out who hated Marissa enough to end her life This leads several characters down a long winding path of trying to figure out who Marissa is, why did she move to Oak Knoll, and who could have hated her enough to kill her.I have read enough of Tami Hoag s books to be familiar with how her book flow will go She tends to have several POVs in the book In this one she has d
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 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, but it took me forever to identify and get into the characters.But that was my mistake In terms of the book, I found that the story didn t grab me Eventually, I was interested in what was going to happen next, but I didn t NEED to know Many of the characters simply didn t connect for me
Not done reading this yet, but wanted to put warnings spoilers here in case I forget view spoiler 1 Character with autism becomes a murder suspect and later kills himself.2 Set in 1986, so in the time of when LGBTIQ people didn t publicly come out particularly if their family was involved with Republican politics So there are slurs and homophobia aplenty here And I think a police member outed someone to their parents.3 Also transphobia and fat shaming, because the Sassy Gay Friend is mean
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 Leone, and the stories of some of the children that were at the center of Deeper than the Dead are handled believably True to form, the story begins with a shocking crime, and I m providing my customary warning to the squeamish If you blanch easily, better brace yourself for the first few chapters To her credit, Hoag dialed back quite a bit on the someday in the future we ll have this technology crystal ball commentary from characters that so annoyingly permeated Deeper than the Dead Still, she can t resist a few such mentions, and guess what, it s
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 childhood long past.I started to list all the characters I liked, but decided not to bother The book is full of generally likable but interesting people If Vince and Anne walk a little too close to the too good to be true line, they have enough personality and struggles to keep them worth reading about.The children are a large part of what makes the book interesting and disturbing Disturbing, due to what 4 year old Haley has been through disturbing, due to what 12 year old Dennis has done, and even , what he d like to do Again, each is an intriguing character on their own well, as much so as a realistic 4 year old can be , and they way they work into the events of the story builds on that.The supporting cast of police officers and suspects and other people of interest were varied in situation and personality I admit to having some tr
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 a dark and thrilling mystery to discover who murdered Marissa and why Before I begin to go into my thoughts I should warn readers like myself who have not read the first book in the Oak Knoll series to read the first book before this one This book made a lot of reference to the first book which isn t always a bad thing, but it can be when it tells who the killer was in the first book I now have to wait a few months to r