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review 2017-09-21 21:29
Not Very Good First Book in Oak Knoll Series
Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll) - Tami Hoag

If I had read this book first in the series, I would have never read books #2 and #3. Everyone (except for three out of the four kids) was terrible. Every adult was the worst ever. I felt like there were just too many characters for you to really focus on. I think if Hoag had either stuck with the lead detective to tell her story, or switched between him and the FBI profiler, it would have worked better. Instead we had at least 10 or more POVs I think. And we had the serial killer plot-line, the sociopath kid plot-line, the teacher and FBI agent falling in love, the detective trying to run his case, the one kid dealing with his terrible mother and absent father, another kid dealing with her parents, etc. Nothing hung together very well IMHO.


I can't tell you much about the characters besides what I said above. I liked the characters of Wendy and Tommy the best. Everyone else was awful.

The writing was not typical Hoag either. I feel like she was mimicking 1980s thriller/books back in the day which is the only way I can try to grasp why there was a lot of misogyny in this book. I just felt turned off by the two male leads, such as they were for this book.


The flow was pretty bad though. I think the main reason was that we had so many POVs and you found yourself (or excuse me, I found myself) getting impatient to get to who the serial killer was and the rest of the book felt like background noise. I get why Haog did it though, she follows up on two plot lines from this book (Wendy and her parents along with the pre-teen boy who is a bully and abusive) in book #2. 


I will say that though the setting is the 1980s and Hoag makes a big deal about not relying on DNA evidence, this book was pretty weak. We don't get to see how not having DNA hampers the case at all. The town brings in the FBI to profile the serial killer. He is able to put together a pretty good profile of the killer. I really did want to see more issues like the Kinsey Milhone series does with her having to go and read microfiche, she had to go and interview a ton of suspects, her having to do a lot of nitty gritty work. This whole book was the cops going around and acting like jackasses for the most part to suspects, suspects wives and to kids at some points in the book.


The ending was a miss for me. I don't know what big takeway I was supposed to get, but unless Hoag has another book in the series I don't see what the payoff would be. 



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text 2017-09-21 14:20
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll) - Tami Hoag

I ended up only liking two characters (Wendy and Tommy) both kids. The adults in this book were terrible, and one of the kids was a sociopath. I don't think the book hung together very well and the ending was weird. 


I know that I read these books backwards (I started with book #3 and then read book #2 this year) but besides the books taking place in the 1980s they are nothing to write home about.

The sexism and misogyny at play with a lot of the characters was surprising. There was a stereotypical gay best friend that had me cringing inside. Also, I don't think this character (Frannie) even shows up in the second book.


At one point Detective Mendez asks if one of the victims is involved in risky behavior. Apparently going to bars = risky behavior.


I can't even get all hot and bothered about this though cause the book was boring. It was a lot of going back and forth and the FBI profiler (Vince) being a horn dog to the school teacher (Anne). And I am still baffled she was even interested in him. And we had Vince acting inappropriately towards one woman who dared to be mean to Anne. It was just gross. There's a line about him being primeval in that moment and wanting to protect his mate and I just rolled my eyes.  


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text 2017-09-21 02:33
Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll) - Tami Hoag

What is happening in this book right now??


“She’s got spunk, sticking up for her kids. I like that,” he said. 

He looked at Mendez out the corner of his eye. “Have you asked her out?” 

Mendez startled at the question. “What? No! I’m in the middle of a case.” 

Vince shrugged. “A guy’s gotta eat.”

“I just met her yesterday.”

“So? I just met her an hour ago.” Mendez stared at him.

“You asked her out? She’s young enough to be your daughter!”

“Yeah,” he said, grinning. “But she isn’t.”

“I can’t believe you asked her out! In the middle of all of that, you asked her out.”


Ughhhhhhhhh! Women are being kidnapped, tortured, and murdered but yeah let's ask someone out in an inappropriate manner. Lord.


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text 2017-09-21 00:04
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll) - Tami Hoag

I'm unfortunately finding this book a little flat. I am trying to get into it, but it's not that great. Maybe because Hoag has so many characters floating around. We have Detective Mendez, FBI profiler Vince Leone, school teacher Anne Navarre, plus the POV of the three children who found the dead body. Also the families in said homes (2 of them) are messed up.


I can feel how terrified the community is though with the thought a serial killer is in their midst. Detective Mendez is acting like an ass too, so he's just not my fav at all.


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text 2017-09-20 14:02
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll) - Tami Hoag

Reading "Deeper Than the Dead" for Terror in a Small Town square. A serial killer is stalking Oak Knoll. I read book #2 this year and always meant to go back and read book #1, so this seemed like a smart time to do so for bingo.


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