Title: Deeper then the Dead
Author: Tami Hoag
Review: 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 your mind was asking. Who would do such a thing, who killed those women, why the park, what happens to a person to make then enjoy killing another, how young are serial killers made?
Deeper then the Dead is well written, fasted paced and I couldn’t wait to get back to it every time I put it down. This is a fantastic ‘Who Dunnit?’ It will keep you guessing to the end…lots of false assumptions and trails to follow and wonder about. Lots of blood and abuse this is not for the Cozy reader. I was shaking as I read the climax of the book. Not everything wrapped up cleanly, but it was a good story.
If you enjoy a good mystery, police procedural with a tiny bit of romance thrown it for good measure, you will love this book.
Publisher: Published December 29th 2009 by PenguinGroup (USA)
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: This was a suggestion from one of my aunts.
Where I Obtained the Book: She loaned me her copy.
Synopsis: 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, Special Agent Tony Mendez knows serial killers. It quickly becomes apparent that the See-No-Evil killer is no ordinary psychopath. The profile paints a portrait of a man easily trusted, well respected, and intelligent, a man no one would suspect. Dr. Peter Crane fits the bill. A pillar of the community, he volunteers at a center for disadvantaged women, a center the victims had all attended. Crane is also a beloved husband and father to a ten-year-old son, Tommy, who was one of the three children to discover the grave. Needing insight into Peter Crane's world, Mendez asks Anne Navarre, Tommy's fifth-grade teacher, to find out what she can. It's a request Anne finds both intriguing and unethical, much like Mendez himself. Then a new victim leads to a different suspect, a man whose son was another of the three children to find the grave but a man whose position in the community is also above reproach, a sheriff's deputy. As the connections between the two families become increasingly tangled, it seems clear that one of these children holds the key to a serial killer's double life . . . and a revelation of evil so dark, so deep, no one may survive.
Author Biography: Tami Hoag is the #1 international bestselling author of thirty books. 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. She lives in Southern California and Florida.