Great book to wrap up a series. This story is sad and it's more about a mom who has lost half her family to tragedy and can't seem to hold it together for the daughter she has left. I felt for this character. Det. Tony Mendez plays a much larger role in this book where Vince and Anne are more background but still an integral part. Lives are trying to heal while this woman tries to find out what happened to her 16 year old daughter who went missing 4 years ago. She starts to become paranoid with good reason but she gets herslf in too deep to ever walk away. The daughter is devasted by these feelings she has but no one to share them with. This novel pulls at your heart strings and it was my 2nd favorite of the series behind the first novel.
Amazing!!! I could not put this down!! The twists and turns just kept the pages turning well into the night. Lauren was a wife and mother of two girls, when the unspeakable happened. Her older daughter dissapeared. Two years later her husband died in a car accident or was it suicide? The killer has somehow been able to elude the police, and is stalking Lauren. She can only wait so long for the police to try to catch the killer, until she decides to turn the tables.
Tami Hoag suspense novels are like champagne truffles dipped in crack. One sensuous nibble and you're gone. Whatever else you thought you were going to get accomplished today, forget it.
This one pushes several hot-buttons -- the loss of a child to a predator; the destruction of a family due to loss; the feeling that the system is stacked to prevent the apprehension of the prime suspect; the threat to the remaining child. How can you not get suckered in by this?
Hoag keeps things moving well, though the reader may sometimes get a bit impatient with the pages and pages and pages when one character or another is dissolving in grief and closing themselves away from any comfort. And some of the details about the activities of The Bad Guy are a bit too graphic for comfort.
But when push comes to shove -- and you know it will -- the climax is bloody and violent. And final, unlike some of Hoag's other works, when she sets a tickler in the final paragraph that makes the reader question every conclusion reached up to that point.
The novel is listed as "Oak Knoll #3", but stands well alone. However, if one is set on reading them all, they should probably be read in order, as "Down the Darkest Road" not only brings back some characters from the first two books, but casually mentions the identity of The Bad Guy in those novels and specifies who lived and who died.
This was just ok. I mean it was good but nearly as good as the other two in the Oak Knoll series. I normally really like Hoag's books but I felt like parts kept repeating themselves and I just wanted to hurry up and finish. The last couple of chapters were the best part.