Secrets to the Grave - Oak Knoll, Bk 2 Author:Tami Hoag “She lay discarded like a life-sized broken doll—made up, torn up, and cast aside, her brown eyes cloudy and lifeless.” — Marissa Fordham had a past full of secrets, a present full of lies. Everyone knew of her, but no one knew her. — When Marissa is found brutally murdered, her young daughter, Haley, with her he... more »ad on her mother’s bloody breast, this mystery woman sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See-No-Evil killer, residents are shocked at reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days but for a chilling 911 call: a small child’s voice saying, “My daddy hurt my mommy.”
The police face a puzzle with nothing but pieces that won’t fit. To assist with their only witness, four-year-old Haley, they call teacher-turned-child advocate Anne Leone. Anne’s life is hectic enough—she’s a newlywed and a part-time student in child psychology, and she’s the star witness in the See-No-Evil trial. But one look at Haley, alone and terrified, and Anne’s heart is stolen.
As Anne, her FBI profiler husband, Vince, and local sheriff’s deputy, Tony Mendez, begin to peel back the layers of Marissa Fordham’s life, they find a clue fragment here, another there. And just when it seems Marissa has taken her secrets to the grave, they uncover a fact that puts Anne and Haley directly in the sights of a killer: Marissa Fordham never existed at all.« less
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I loved this book. Tami Hoag is one of the best mystery writers ever. The characters are rich and real. I didn't want the book to end, but I had trouble putting it down. What a dilemma. I just hope that next book I read will be half as good. You can't go wrong with any of her books. Masterful.
This is book 2 in the Oak Knoll series. I enjoyed reading about all these characters again since I got to know them so well in the first book. This story delves into a murdered young mother who's 4 year old daughter was strangled and left for dead. So many suspects that Det. Mendez and FBI profiler Vince Leon try to figure it out. Anne who is now married to Vince is left to care for the young girl with the killer still on the loose. Strange characters lead in many directions and the whole community is still stunned by the murders of the See No Evil killer the year before. A good second book in a series I have enjoyed which doesn't happen often.
After reading the first book in this series, I knew i liked the author's writing style. You can relate to the characters and want to know what happens to them. I'll be on the look out for the third book of the series.