Deeper Than the Dead is the first in Tami Hoag’s Oak Knoll series. Tami Hoag is known for her romantic suspense, and I thought the plot of Deeper Than the Dead sounded intriguing. I had some mixed feelings about the book, but I definitely enjoyed it overall!
Four kids stumble across a body buried in a park – and the lives of everyone in the small Oak Knoll community change forever. When it turns out to be the work of a serial killer, no one is safe and everyone is a suspect. From the parents of all four children to their teacher – everyone has skeletons in the closet. All those secrets being revealed makes for very entertaining reading, y’all!
Deeper Than the Dead is set in 1985 at the birth of the FBI’s profiling unit – so a specialist from that department comes in to help. Most of the cops think learning the psychology of the killer is a complete waste of time. Tony Mendez, who works in the sheriff’s department, is the exception. Can he help bring the killer to justice?
So, picking out who the killer is among all the suspects isn’t particularly difficult, but you will be second guessing at every turn! Secrets are constantly being revealed, and basically everyone is guilty of something. For the first half of the book or so I found that fascinating. It ended up being more of a “seriously? him/her too?” situation. Absolutely everyone involved in the story has a suspicious secret. It was a little much.
Still – the plot in Deeper Than the Dead was fascinating!
The romance kinda let me down too. I did not see the pairing coming! I’m leaving out names to avoid spoilers because I was really surprised by who ended up together.
Anyway, despite the romance being mostly a bust and the central conflict being bogged down with way too many other crimes – I mostly enjoyed Deeper Than the Dead. The base plot line was really good and I couldn’t put the book down because I was dying for confirmation as to who the killer was!
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