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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag returns with her second thriller in the Deeper than the Dead microseries, exploring the early days of forensic investigation, the characteristics of innocence-and the nature of evil.

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, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she 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 by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy."

Sheriff's detective Tony Mendez faces a puzzle with nothing but pieces that won't fit. To assist with his witness, Haley, he calls 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 Tony and Anne 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616373290
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tami Hoag is the #1 bestselling author of thirty novels. Since 1995's Night Sins, each succeeding book has been a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Southern California and Florida.

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Secrets to the Grave 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 567 reviews.
-TESSA- More than 1 year ago
Set in the mid-eighties, the story opens, immediately hitting you in the face with the bloody aftermath of the murder of a single mother where her four year old daughter was left for dead also but she managed to stay alive for two days with her mother's dead body before they were discovered. It's interesting how far we've come in modern technology and it brings it to the fore in this as the crime scene takes so much more to figure it out. There are plenty of plot twists and interesting characters to hold the suspense as the reader tries to figure out who the culprit is. Faced-paced, lots of action, gripping who-dun-it, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat.
BookReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
Wow! Another masterpiece by Tami Hoag! Secrets to the Grave, picks up a year after where Deeper Than The Dead left off. Once again, Hoag's readers are instantly transported to Oak Knoll, California where another murder has once again occurred. Tami Hoag brings us another roller coaster suspense novel. Secrets to the Grave is written in a wonderfully detailed style that brings the readers up to date on the murders happening in Oak Know, leaving the story perfect as a stand alone title, or a perfect continuation to Deep Than The Dead. Hoag brings back characters we met in book 1, along with some new characters that really grip the readers' souls. Secrets to the Grave is just as intense with the crime of murder as Deeper Than The Dead was, if not more so. Hoag's ability to create these stories so life like is absolutely powerful. I felt as if I, myself, was trying to escape the "bad daddy" killer. And when I wasn't felling the out-of-breath fear of running from a killer, I was feeling the deep, spine-tingling thrill of trying to figure out the cliff hangers and who-dun-its of this awesome novel. Yet another novel that deserves 5 stars. If you're an edge-of-your seat, always looking over your shoulder, white knuckle, gasping breath suspense lover, then look no further than Tami Hoag's work. She has a brilliant, masterful skill for writing heart stopping, blood pumping, murderous suspense that will leave you DYING for more! I can't wait until her next release!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hoag is at her finest with this novel, I would recommend this to anyone who loves an intense read full of intrigue and thrilling at the same time. Loved the protagonists to0!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In reading excerpts of novels and Reviews from customers, please don't give away the names of the suspects. I just purchased Tami Hoag's 2 novels and in perusing the excerpts of Secrets to the Grave, the excerpts from Barnes and Noble give away the whole plot and killer's name of the first book, "Deeper Than the Dead." Also, some of the Customer Reviewers gave it away!!! Bummer!!!
Cheri_L More than 1 year ago
Another great 80's Oak Knoll Mystery! I enjoyed reading this while snowed in. It made the time fly by. There were so many twists and turns as well as "family" secrets to uncover. If you like murder mysteries and/or remember the 80's you are sure to enjoy this book. Be sure to read "Deeper Than the Dead" first...not that you need to, however you will want to. I hope there is another Oak Knoll Mystery in the works. I can't wait!
CheetahWJ More than 1 year ago
I read the deeper then the dead and I was disappointed about the ending, but this book explains what happens with another murder. I have to say it was a good book. It took me 2 days to read it and I could not put this book down. I will continue to read her books.
mycritic More than 1 year ago
This book is highly recomended. It's not easy to find well-written mysteries that make you think after you have put down the novel. This one will linger in your mind. Along the lines of Van Rae's new stff, or Koontz at his best.
Carol Johnson More than 1 year ago
I love Hoag books and this is no exception. It keeps you guessing to the very end. Hope there is a third book with these characters.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
"My daddy hurt my mommy", a very young girl told the 911 operator. When the police arrived at the home, they found artist Marissa Fordham brutally murdered and her daughter Haley lying on her mother's body, badly injured but still alive. It looks like an open and shut case if they can locate Haley's father, but no one knows who Haley's father is and the police can't find a birth certificate. SECRETS TO THE GRAVE is a sequel to DEEPER THAN THE DEAD by the same author. Child Advocate Ann Leone, who was the victim of a killer in Hoag's previous book, and her husband, former FBI Agent Vince Leone, take custody of Haley while the police search for the child's relatives. Unfortunately for lead Det. Tony Mendez, Marissa was a single mother and Haley called every man in her mother's life daddy which creates an ever increasing suspect list. The investigation reaches a roadblock when no one can find anything about Marissa before her move to this small California town; it's as if she never existed. The hope is that Marissa's best friend can provide some background, but she quickly goes missing. I figured out fairly early on who "daddy" was but Ms. Hoag throws so many protagonists into the mix (including a very troubled adolescent who was a student of Mrs. Leone's when she was a teacher) that it's almost exhausting to read SECRETS TO THE GRAVE all the way through. If you're already a fan of Ms. Hoag's books, you'll probably enjoy this one. If, like me, you haven't read anything by her before, this isn't the book to start with. I felt like I had arrived at the dance just as the band was packing up to leave. Lynn Kimmerle
Anonymous 6 months ago
Exciting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved+the+suspense
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! Another masterpiece by Tami Hoag! Secrets to the Grave, picks up a year after where Deeper Than The Dead left off. Once again, Hoag's readers are instantly transported to Oak Knoll, California where another murder has once again occurred. Tami Hoag brings us another roller coaster suspense novel. Secrets to the Grave is written in a wonderfully detailed style that brings the readers up to date on the murders happening in Oak Know, leaving the story perfect as a stand alone title, or a perfect continuation to Deep Than The Dead. Hoag brings back characters we met in book 1, along with some new characters that really grip the readers' souls. Secrets to the Grave is just as intense with the crime of murder as Deeper Than The Dead was, if not more so. Hoag's ability to create these stories so life like is absolutely powerful. I felt as if I, myself, was trying to escape the "bad daddy" killer. And when I wasn't felling the out-of-breath fear of running from a killer, I was feeling the deep, spine-tingling thrill of trying to figure out the cliff hangers and who-dun-its of this awesome novel. Yet another novel that deserves 5 stars. If you're an edge-of-your seat, always looking over your shoulder, white knuckle, gasping breath suspense lover, then look no further than Tami Hoag's work. She has a brilliant, masterful skill for writing heart stopping, blood pumping, murderous suspense that will leave you DYING for more! I can't wait until her next release!
cookiemo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual with Tami Hoag's books this is a gripping thriller. It does refer occasionally to one of her earlier books but if you haven't read it, it doesn't really matter. The characters are old friends and you wonder just how much one of the feamle characters can cope with. It also has some warm and fuzzy times to contrast with the other parts of the book.
SuseGordon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tami Hoag takes us back to Oak Knoll, which is still reeling from the "See-No-Evil" serial killings and capture of the dentist responsible. Vince & Anne Leone as well as Det. Mendez are now involved in the murder of another resident and the attempted murder of her young 4 year old daughter Haley. You never know what lies beneath the beautiful exterior of a idealistic community and it's residents. And money or position in the community does not make the person or necessarily keep them from descending into madness or murder! The development & introduction of new characters and suspects in this book make it an entertaining and intriguing read.Anne & Vince Leone, Haley, Det. Mendez, Sara & Wendy Morgan these are some characters that developed further in this novel and in doing so, I am really looking forward to what happens next in Oak Knoll or wherever they go!
cmeilink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Continuing where Deeper Than the Dead ended, Secrets to the Grave sweeps you along from the first page to the very last page of the book. The "who done it?" in this book keeps you guessing until the very end.Anne is now married to Vince Leone, a profiler, and is still trying to cope with the nightmares she suffers through after Peter Crane's attempt on her life in the last book. Anne is now awaiting Crane's trial in the hope that it will help bring closure and peace to her life.Vince becomes involved in a case where a young female artist is found savagely murdered with her young four-year old daughter, Haley, left for dead by her side. Haley is taken to the hospital and Anne, who can readily identify with the fear Haley is experiencing, is called in to work with the traumatized little girl, and to hopefully find out the identity of the killer.Numerous sub-plots develop as the hunt to find the killer ensues.Note: Because this is the type of book you won't be able to set down after you begin, be sure you have an afternoon set aside for reading.Recommended read.
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast paced follow up to Deeper Than the Dead. I thought the foreshadowing was a little more obvious in this book, but it was still a enjoyable read. I hope that Anne and Vince show up again!
dhaupt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Secrets To The Grave¿ takes place in 1986 not quite a year chronologically after ¿Deeper Than The Dead¿ where the trial of dentist Peter Crane is still in it¿s infancy. The very brutal, very personal murder of Marissa Fordham a local artist happens in a community already rocked by the recent beastly See-No-Evil serial killer case. The killer did leave something though, he left Marissa¿s 4yr old daughter Haley hanging on to life. Vince Leone and Tony Mendez (Deeper Than The Dead) start looking for suspects while Vince¿s wife ex-school teacher Anne Navarre steps up to be Haley Fordham¿s champion and advocate by offering to foster her.Get ready for one wild ride with this second in Ms. Hoag¿s new series where she gives us an up close and personal account of what evil looks like without revealing the identity of the culprit and keeping her audience guessing until the end. She does it with one heck of a spell binding story that will keep your interest so much you¿ll find it hard to put the novel down. She¿ll do it with narrative that draws your emotions from deep right up to the surface where they threaten to boil over and with straight talking dialogue that yells cop speak with authority and authenticity. She¿ll also do it with a cast of characters that those of you familiar with the first novel will come back and reacquaint themselves to you and some of which are new, and all of those characters will play they¿re role to a tee, make their importance in the story felt and do it while making a lasting impression on the reader, they will also run the gamut from the mundane to the very bizarre. Her two main protagonists the Leones are quite a pair and even though a May/October romance seem to fit together well and compliment each other. Tony Mendez, her other protagonists is a cop¿s cop, who takes diversity with a grain of salt and police work with a bull in a china store attitude. This isn¿t a romance but there is the on going love story of Vince and Anne and it seems that in this episode Tony has his eye on a prize as well. And the love scenes are more implied than described.This novel will appeal to all genre lovers from mystery to thriller from romance to crime drama and will do it while the reader suffers heart palpitations, nail biting and edge of his/her seat excitement. If you love a great murder mystery and love the tight knitted community of a series get in on the ground floor of this one. Make a New Year¿s Resolution you can commit to read ¿Secrets To The Grave¿. It does very well on it¿s own without the added bonus of being the second in a series, but my suggestion would be to learn all the whys and wherefores of the characters and the story line and read ¿Deeper Than The Dead¿ also.
Draak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book picks up about a year after Deeper than the Dead. While getting ready to go to trail of the See No Evil Killer the town and the police find themselves once again knee deep in murder. This time a woman has been found butcher with her 4 year old daughter laying on her barely alive. Who would do something like this? Vince, Anne and Mendez are back along with the rest of the police force. And then there are the new suspects. Like the first book, this one keeps you turning page after page trying to figure out who did it. And like the first book I found myself picking out someone only to change my mind and pick someone else as the killer. Tami Hoag keeps you guessing til the end. The people are still likable and I can't wait for the third installment to come out. My advice though is that you need to read these books in order.
PatrickJIV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book will keep you guessing until the absolute surprising ending! Another 'can't put it down" book!
LiteraryFeline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the heels of finishing Deeper Than the Dead, I dived into the sequel, Secrets to the Grave. For those who aren't sticklers about reading series books in order, I would recommend you do so in this case. While Secrets to the Grave could be read as a stand alone (the author does a good job filling in the back story), there are significant characters and storylines that carry over.Secrets to the Grave opens with a grisly murder scene. A four year old girl is found barely alive next to her dead mother. Set a year after the first book in the micro-series, the physical and emotional wounds from the serial killings are still raw but on their way to healing. Then to have a respected up-and-coming artist brutally murdered and an attempt made on her young daughter's life, the small college community finds itself upside down again in grief. The nature of the crime points to a very personal kind of attack--someone who knew the victim. The local sheriff and his investigators don't hesitate to call in former FBI profiler Vince Leone to help. Anne's gift with children is put to its ultimate test when she reaches out to four year oldHaley, the only witness and survivor to the horrific crime. Anne must not only try and help Haley, but she must battle the wealthy godmother who wants custody of Haley. As a result, she is forced to sacrifice some of the time she was spending with a very disturbed 12 year old, who, save for her, the world has given up on. This brings about its own consequences.Tami Hoag has created a setting and characters that remind me of a cozy mystery--a small town with sometimes eccentric but always interesting characters--but make no mistake. These books are not cozies. They are at times dark and violent.Like with the first book in the series, there is a lot going on in Secrets to the Grave. The lives of the characters and their histories are tightly woven into the plot and subplots. I especially like the team aspect of the novel--that it isn't one person solving the crime, but rather a group of people, working together. The author also shows varying aspects of violent crime, including the emotional impact it has on a community as well as the individuals.I did like the first book slightly more than this second book. There were certain markers that were more obvious in Secrets to the Grave that led me to figure out who did what sooner. Even so, I enjoyed the novel and spending more time with the characters. There is more I would like to say about this second book, about its characters, but I don't want to give away too much or else I'll spoil the first book. Besides, I think you should find out for yourselves!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books.
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Not as well written as her previous books but still a page turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a page turner