Deeper Than the Dead

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Tami Hoag
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: December 2009
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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When three children stumble on a shallow grave in 1984, an idyllic California community is rocked to its core. The victim is a young woman, her eyes and lips sealed closed, a blind and silent witness to an unspeakable crime. The third victim in two years’ time, it’s clear that a serial killer has come calling.  

As a member of the FBI’s fledgling criminal profiling unit, Special Agent Tony Mendez knows serial killers. It quickly becomes apparent that the See-No-Evil killer is no ordinary psychopath. The profile paints a portrait of a man easily trusted, well respected, and intelligent—a man no one would suspect.

Dr. Peter Crane fits the bill. A pillar of the community, he volunteers at a center for disadvantaged women—a center the victims had all attended. Crane is also a beloved husband and father to a ten-year-old son, Tommy, who was one of the three children to discover the grave. Needing insight into Peter Crane’s world, Mendez asks Anne Navarre, Tommy’s fifth-grade teacher, to find out what she can. It’s a request Anne finds both intriguing and unethical—much like Mendez himself.

Then a new victim leads to a different suspect—a man whose son was another of the three children to find the grave but a man whose position in the community is also above reproach, a sheriff’s deputy. As the connections between the two families become increasingly tangled, it seems clear that one of these children holds the key to a serial killer’s double life . . . and a revelation of evil so dark, so deep, no one may survive.

Reviews (3)

Written by Cynthia Kreutzman on April 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I didnt think this was one of her better books.

Written by craig specht on January 30th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this was a very good book. it kept me guessing the whole time. I really enjoyed the narrator who is one of my favorite readers. I highly recommend this book. good reading!

Dug too Deep

Written by Kathy on June 4th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book would be fine if it didn't go on for so long. It could have used tighter editing as it rambles, and after awhile I felt that the author was hitting me over the head with how clever she was. I didn't finish it - I just didn't care anymore who the killer was or who the next victim was,

Author Details

Author Details

Hoag, Tami

Tami Hoag was born Tami Mikkelson on the 20th of January 1959 in Minnesota. The town she lived in was very small, and there were few children her own age around her, prompting her to develop an active imagination and create stories from a young age. She completed high school and married her high school boyfriend, Daniel Hoag, in 1977.

Hoag never completed a level of schooling higher than high school, as she and her husband moved to a small town without easy college access. She spent the ten years working a variety of jobs, such as photographer’s assistant, showhorse trainer, typist, and salesperson. In 1988 she had her first publication; a romance in the Bantam Books Loveswept Line. After much success in the romance genre she switched to thrillers, where she was equally, if not more, successful and hit the New York Times Bestseller list thirteen consecutive times.

Hoag belongs to a group of women who all made the switch from romance to thriller at roughly the same time; called the “Divas”, they provide support and encouragement to each other.

Hoag currently lives in Virginia.