Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag
Artist Marissa Fordham definitely had secrets. When her body was found, violently stabbed and violated, she was covered in blood. This was definitely a personal crime. She left behind a four-year-old daughter, Haley, who saw the killer, but was so traumatized she would only scream until Anne, in her role as a child advocate, stepped in to sooth her. However, in 1986, again, there was little information about childhood memory of traumatic events, and the sheriff's department could only rely on old-fashioned investigation. It was an investigation that turned up a number of men in Marissa's life, a great deal of money, and the chilling fact that Marissa Fordham never existed. When Anne was given temporary custody of Haley, she once more put herself in the path of a vicious killer, with a great deal to lose if Haley could identify the person who killed her mother. And, Vince Leone can only hope he and the Sheriff's Department can track down a killer before that person reaches the woman he's grown to love.
I'm hoping there will be more books in the Deeper Than the Dead series. Hoag has given us fascinating characters, from Vince and Anne Leone to Deputy Tony Mendez. In fact, all of the members of the Oak Knoll Sheriff's Department are interesting, with that black humor cops use, and their sense of teamwork. Tami Hoag's Secrets of the Grave has everything I normally dislike in a book. There's extreme violence, a woman and child in jeopardy, and more suspense than I normally care for, nail-biting suspense. In this case, Hoag's characters, and her use of the past as a time period with tantalizing possibilities for criminal investigation in the future, push me to read these books. And, I highly recommend Deeper Than the Dead, and, even more, Secrets of the Grave.
Note: I was given my ARC so I could participate in the TLC Book Tour for Secrets of the Grave. And, one lucky winner can win a copy of both books, Deeper Than the Dead and Secrets of the Grave, provided by the publisher. If you would like to enter to win this contest, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email should include the subject heading, "Win Tami Hoag," along with your name and mailing address. The giveaway is limited to US/Canada only (no PO Boxes). The contest will end Thursday night, Jan. 13 at 6 PM MT. The winner will be drawn, notified, and the publicist will send the books. Good luck!
Tami Hoag's website is: http://www.tamihoag.com/index.htm. Her site on Facebook is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tami-Hoag/108331142520822
Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag. Penguin Group (USA), ©2010. ISBN 9780525951926 (hardcover), 464p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received my ARC as part of the TLC Book Tour.