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Secrets to the Grave (Oak Knoll Series) (udgave 2011)

af Tami Hoag (Forfatter)

Serier: Oak Knoll (2)

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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 the sights of a killer.… (mere)
Medlem:taysawyers
Titel:Secrets to the Grave (Oak Knoll Series)
Forfattere:Tami Hoag (Forfatter)
Info:Dutton (2011), Edition: Reprint, 592 pages
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A little girl witness her mother being murdered. She was strangled by the killer, but survived. Investigation went in circles with little progress while the girl was too traumatized to speak about the crime besides she's just 4 years old. Sounds like an interesting plot, but for some strange reason I couldn't keep my attention to the story. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
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 detective Tony Mendez, child advocate Anne Leone, retired FBI agent, Vince Leone. We also have a woman who is dealing with the fact that her marriage is over, her daughter, a troubled young boy that Anne is trying to be there for, Marissa's best friend who also lives in Oak Knoll, etc. At times the book felt a bit too messy with trying to follow the main plot and the sub-plots that popped up.

I did think though that the final reveal of the main plot didn't make a lot of sense to me. I think due to the dozens of red herrings we get while reading, still had me going huh at the end. And of course I maybe got a little bit tired of the Anne is in danger again thing that kept happening. At one point I wondered if it would be better if she was just had police protection wherever she went.

I didn't really jibe with any one character. Probably because for except for Tony, the other characters don't pop up in book #3. I heard from a friend that if I read book #1, that maybe I will like everyone in this book more. Hope so. My main thoughts are that Anne and Tony were unprofessional throughout. And the whole what will happen to Marissa's daughter thing didn't sit well at all with me when we find out about her beginnings as well.

The writing is typical Hoag, though I have to say I hated the whole jump scare thing she had going on at the end of certain chapters. We would have Vince staring at a door and thinking someone is inside and the book would do "And Vince would wish that he was faster" and the book would skip into another chapter.

Probably the best thing about these books is that it is set in the early 1980s. So this is before you had a lot of tools that police and forensic scientists have available today. So you can test blood type, but not DNA at a scene. This leads to a lot of old fashioned leg work and interviewing.
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  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This mystery takes place about a year after Deeper than the Dead. Vince has quit his job at the FBI and is doing some consulting. Anne has quit teaching fifth grade, is working on her psychology degree, and is also a child advocate for the Court system. Both of them are waiting for the trial of the man who attempted to murder Anne and likely did murder a number of other women. Anne suffers from PTSD and has nightmares.

Anne has chosen to be the advocate for 11-year-old Dennis Farman despite being told by her new husband Vince that Dennis was probably too far gone into evil to be redeemed. Sections of the book are told from Dennis's point of view and I have to agree with Vince. Dennis has violent and sexual fantasies and seems to alternate between needing Anne and wanting her dead. He's a pyromaniac with a knife fetish.

When a new child needs her, Anne is quick to volunteer. Haley is only four. She was found cradled next to her mother's brutalized and blood-soaked body. Marissa Fordham was an artist with a mysterious past. She was the protegee of local philanthropist Milo Bordain who is the wife of parking lot mogul Bruce Bordain and the mother of up-coming politician Darren Bordain. Marissa was a great mom and a girl who liked to have many men friends.

Haley is the only witness they have to Marissa's death but she is a traumatized four-year-old who calls all the men who hang around with her mother "Daddy." The Bad Daddy is the one who killed her mother. As Vince and the Sheriff's Department investigate, some people who were suspects in the earlier crime are suspects again.

This was a twisty and pulse-pounding thriller told from a variety of viewpoints. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jun 12, 2019 |
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. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
Don't ever move to Oak Knoll. These people are the unluckiest group of people ever. This series needs to learn to expand its base and find more victims and suspects. Seems rather unfair that poor Anne Leone (nee Navaree) has been brutally attacked by 3 separate psychopaths in the last 2 books. And hasn't Sara Morgan been put through the wringer enough times already, not to mention her poor daughter Wendy? And not that he needs any pity but the hard-on that Mendez has for Steve Morgan - it was more comical than anything else. He must be guilty of something, right?

The story was interesting. The ending wasn't too shocking. But I found it distracting how centralized all the victimization and potential victims were. I'm not sure I can go on to Book #3. I don't know that I, or Anne, can take anymore. ( )
  she_climber | May 11, 2018 |
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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 the sights of a killer.

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