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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times best-selling 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.
©2010 Tami Hoag (P)2010 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By AAnderson on 04-10-11

I do love Tami Hoag as an Author

At first I was thinking Did I purchase a book I have already "READ", however this book is a follow up book from an earlier novel, with some of the character's now moving along. I do love the way she writes, and I enjoy Tami's gift of suspense and character development. Well done and I will buy the next book that she publishes.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-05-13

Not as good as the first, 2 1/2 stars

I enjoyed the first book in the series even if it was a little gruesome. This one was just too predictable, I'm not sure what everyone else was hearing that made this an edge of your seat listen, it was okay.

The publisher's summary gives you the idea right from the start that things are not always what they seem. And the friend, what an idiot!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By CantVal on 07-20-11

A good read

I am a fan of Tami Hoag and this is a generally good example of her writing. The story is engrossing and the characters believable and sympathetic but is does follow on from a previous book so would be best listened to after listening to Deeper than the Dead.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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