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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bern's Book Nook - Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag

Personal Book Review - Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag  (464 pages)

Secrets to the Grave is the follow-up to Deeper Than Dead. I love Tami Hoag, she writes a great mystery/thriller and I really enjoyed Deeper Than Dead so reading this one was a given.


I would rate this book 4/5 stars. The story gripped me from the very beginning with the horrific murder of single mom Marissa Fordham and her left for dead innocent 4 yr. old daughter Hayley. It is not for the faint of heart - as it depicts a pretty gruesome knife murder. What got me was the daughter, being a mom of 2 lil girls around the same age - I really felt for her! 

I love the main characters in this series - Tony, Vince & Anne - and I was happy to embark on another murder mystery with them.

What ultimately kept this from being a 5 star read for me was that I was able to figure out who the killer was about half way through but I still enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and the way they made you doubt if you were correct.  

What I really enjoy about this series is that it actually takes place in the mid 80's before all the modern technology we have today to assist in crime solving. They actually have to spend hours tracking people down the old fashioned way - no DNA, computers or instant google searches here!

This definitely allows for a greater sense of danger - no quick help on the way via cell phone call, etc...

I look forward to watching the series continue. I enjoyed seeing the development of Anne & Vince's relationship in this book and would definitely like to read more involving them.

If you are into mystery/thrillers - I definitely recommend this one! I don't think you need to have read Deeper Than Dead to follow along or fully appreciate this one but it definitely does give you a better reference point for things that come up in this book. There are a few back stories that started with the first book and continue here.

Let me know if you have read Secrets to the Grave or if you do later! Would love to hear your thoughts!



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