Monday, January 17, 2011

Review: Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag

Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag
Release Date: December 29, 2009
Genre: Suspense

The Story (from Goodreads): California, 1984. Four children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn’t yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer’s escalating activity.

Detective Tony Mendez, fresh from a law enforcement course at FBI headquarters, is charged with interpreting those now revealed secrets. He’s using a new technique—profiling—to develop a theory of the case, a strategy that pushes him ever deeper into the lives of the three children, and closer to the young teacher whose interest in recent events becomes as intense as his own.

As new victims are found and the media scrutiny of the investigation bears down on them, both Mendez and Navarre are unsure if those who suffer most are the victims themselves—or the family and friends of the killer, blissfully unaware that someone very close to them is a brutal, calculating psychopath.

My Review: I have been reading Tami Hoag for as long as I can remember. She never fails to entertain and keep the reader riveted, and this book is no exception.
I have to admit, I figured out the "who-done-it" part of the story relatively early, although there were some times I thought, well, maybe I could be wrong. But even with figuring it out early on, it did not make the book any less entertaining. I enjoyed watching the characters go through their own steps to figure out who their suspect was. And with the book taking place earlier in the 80's, it was fun to see how they did it without the technology available today.
With everything that the authorities have readily available to them now, one forgets what it was like for someone to solve crimes without the help of even a computer, a staple in any and all offices today.
One thing I really liked about this book, was the portrayal of the families and the way they interacted with each other, and everyone else. Hoag proves to us once again, that nothing is as it seems. What one person can perceive of another person, or their family situation, may not always be the case. My heart goes out to one of the children for what he has had to go through, and what he will most likely continue to go through.

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