Author Synopsis: 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 head 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.
I just finished reading Deeper Than The Dead and Secrets To The Grave by Tami Hoag. Hoag has been around for a while but is a new to me author. She has an amazing book list that I'll definitely be checking out in the future. Both stories are excellent with interesting characters and a tale that will grab you and hold on for the entire story. You really should read the first book to appreciate the second. Deeper Than the Dead introduces you to Anne, Vince, and Tony and various characters you will meet in both books. Secrets to the Grave continues the story and it takes place back in 1986 so modern forensics don't exist yet. There are many twists and turns to the story and anyone could be a bad guy. Everyone has a secret and something to hide. Chilling, graphic, heart rending, as well as gut wrenching, the stories are well worth the read.
Secrets to the Grave is being released on December 28th and thanks to the publisher, some lucky person will have the opportunity to read both books. I will be giving away a copy of both books to one of my lucky readers. Leave your name in the comments along with your email address. The giveaway is open U.S. and Canadian residents only (no P.O. Boxes please and will end on December 27, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for asking me to be a part of the tour, Dutton Publishing for providing me with a copy of both books and Tami Hoag for writing remarkable, entertaining stories. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour at TLC book Tours or these blog stops:
Monday, December 6th: A Bookworm’s World
Tuesday, December 7th: Luxury Reading
Wednesday, December 8th: Musings of an All Purpose Monkey
Thursday, December 9th: Under the Boardwalk
Friday, December 10th: Life in Review
Monday, December 13th: The Well-Read Wife
Tuesday, December 14th: My Two Blessings (me)
Wednesday, December 15th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Thursday, December 16th: Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, December 17th: Presenting Lenore
Monday, December 20th: Man of La Book
Tuesday, December 21st: I’m Booking It
Wednesday, December 22nd: Rundpinne (Deeper Than the Dead)
Thursday, December 23rd: Rundpinne (Secrets to the Grave)
Monday, December 27th: Reviews by Molly
Monday, January 3rd: Teresa’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, January 5th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Monday, January 10th: Jen’s Book Thoughts