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Down the Darkest Road

Down the Darkest Road

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by Tami Hoag, Kirsten Potter
     
 

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Four years after the unsolved disappearance of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Lauren Lawton is the only one still chasing the ghosts of her perfect Santa Barbara life. The world has given her daughter up for dead. Her husband ended his own life in the aftermath. Even Lauren’s younger daughter is desperate to find what’s left of the childhood she

Overview

Four years after the unsolved disappearance of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Lauren Lawton is the only one still chasing the ghosts of her perfect Santa Barbara life. The world has given her daughter up for dead. Her husband ended his own life in the aftermath. Even Lauren’s younger daughter is desperate to find what’s left of the childhood she hasn’t been allowed to have.
     Lauren knows exactly who took her oldest child, but there is not a shred of evidence against the man. Even as he stalks her family, Lauren is powerless to stop him. Looking for a fresh start in a town with no memories, Lauren and her younger daughter, Leah, move to idyllic Oak Knoll. But when Lauren’s suspect turns up in the same city, it feels to all the world that history is about to repeat itself. Leah Lawton will soon turn sixteen, and Oak Knoll has a cunning predator on the hunt.  
     Sheriff’s detective Tony Mendez and his team begin to close in on the suspected killer, desperate to keep the young women of their picturesque town safe. But as the investigators sift through the murky circumstances of an increasingly disturbing case, a stunning question changes everything they thought they knew.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Hoag’s so-so third thriller set in the small California community of Oak Knoll (after 2010’s Secrets to the Grave) focuses on 42-year-old Lauren Lawton, who arrives in Oak Knoll in 1990 with her nearly 16-year-old daughter, Leah. Four years earlier, Lauren’s other daughter, Leslie, disappeared at age 16 in Santa Barbara, where the police never managed to find a shred of tangible evidence against the obvious suspect in the abduction, creepy photographer Roland Ballencoa. The trauma of Leslie’s unknown fate and her father’s subsequent suicide left Lauren emotionally shattered and barely able to function. But Oak Knoll proves no refuge. Within months, she’s horrified to spot Ballencoa in town. Despite Lauren’s best efforts to shield Leah from further terror, history repeats itself. The major plot twist won’t surprise many readers, and neither the characters nor the cliché-hobbled story line are among Hoag’s best work. Author tour. Agent: Andrea Cirillo. (Dec.)
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Praise for Down the Darkest Road

Down the Darkest Road is eerie, suspenseful, tragic, and thought provoking.”—USA Today

“A mesmerizing psychological drama on loss, guilt, frustration and implacable, explainable evil.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The setting and [Hoag's] consummate skill as a plotter add to plenty of old-school thrills that pack a punch and will leave fans breathless.”—Booklist

“Hoag…rais[es] the tension with every page that turns.” —The Huffington Post

“Well written, well executed and darn near brilliant.”—All About Romance

“This taut novel of suspense is a true nail-biter.”—Library Journal

“If you have time to read only one book, you really should make it this one. You won't regret it.”—Suspense Magazine

“With complex characters and crisp, believable dialogue, [this] is a sophisticated thriller.”—Houston Press

“A masterful tale…Ms. Hoag knows how to take her readers on a frightening ride.”—New York Journal of Books

And for Tami Hoag

“One of the hottest names in the suspense game.”—People

“One of the most intense suspense writers around.”—Chicago Tribune

“One of the most intelligent and crafty suspense writers working today.”—Bookreporter.com

“[Hoag’s] reputation…is well-earned.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Kirkus Reviews
In Hoag's (Secrets to the Grave, 2010, etc.) latest literary suspense novel, Lauren Lawton, "ragged and torn and shredded," has retreated to bucolic Oak Knoll to heal. The Lawtons lived the perfect life in nearby trendy Santa Barbara, and then their older daughter, Leslie, only 16, disappeared. It was certainly kidnapping, although no body was ever discovered. Lauren's husband couldn't recover from the tragedy and eventually died, apparently a suicide. Lauren always believed she knew who took Leslie, and her relentless pursuit of the shadowy Roland Ballencoa cost Lauren her social reputation and the support of the police. As the story moves to Oak Knoll, Hoag's regulars, Sheriff Detective Tony Mendez and retired FBI profiler Vince Leone and his wife Anne, a counselor, enter the narrative. Mendez begins an investigation, slowly coming to comprehend that Lauren isn't simply a woman mired in an unreconcilable past. Mendez learns that Ballencoa, a part-time photographer who has supposedly gone straight after serving time for a youthful sex crime, has followed Lauren to Oak Knoll. An intriguing new character in the familiar Hoag milieu is Santa Barbara police detective Danni Tanner, hard-bitten, cynical, sarcastic and totally dedicated. As Mendez probes deeper into Ballencoa's history and finds little solid evidence, Lauren relentlessly pushes for action, considers vigilantism and nears collapse because of guilt over her emotional neglect of younger daughter, Leah, now the same age as Leslie when kidnapped. With a shady private investigator named Gregory Hewitt as catalyst, the narrative ramps up to a gut-wrenching and violent conclusion, albeit one that leaves a minor plot point adrift. Hoag has an eye for a writerly turn of phrase—"another verse in a poem of futility"—which makes it all the more disconcerting to stumble upon a cliché or to find the author posing an analogy that compares both the bad guy's and the hero's gaze to that of a shark. A mesmerizing psychological drama on loss, guilt, frustration and implacable, unexplainable evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739365878
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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Praise for Down the Darkest Road

Down the Darkest Road is eerie, suspenseful, tragic, and thought provoking.”—USA Today

“A mesmerizing psychological drama on loss, guilt, frustration and implacable, explainable evil.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The setting and [Hoag's] consummate skill as a plotter add to plenty of old-school thrills that pack a punch and will leave fans breathless.”—Booklist

“Hoag…rais[es] the tension with every page that turns.” —The Huffington Post

“Well written, well executed and darn near brilliant.”—All About Romance

“This taut novel of suspense is a true nail-biter.”—Library Journal

“If you have time to read only one book, you really should make it this one. You won't regret it.”—Suspense Magazine

“With complex characters and crisp, believable dialogue, [this] is a sophisticated thriller.”—Houston Press

“A masterful tale…Ms. Hoag knows how to take her readers on a frightening ride.”—New York Journal of Books

And for Tami Hoag

“One of the hottest names in the suspense game.”—People

“One of the most intense suspense writers around.”—Chicago Tribune

“One of the most intelligent and crafty suspense writers working today.”—Bookreporter.com

“[Hoag’s] reputation…is well-earned.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag returns with the latest entry in her riveting Oak Knoll series.
Deeper Than the Dead introduced Tami Hoag's millions of fans to Oak Knoll, a small California town that, in the mid-eighties, seemed as idyllic as any . . . until the See-No-Evil killer shattered that notion. It took FBI agent Vince Leone and a new technique called "profiling" to put an end to the trauma.
Secrets to the Grave brought Leone's teacher-turned-child- advocate wife, Anne, into a central role. Together with Vince and local sheriff 's deputy Tony Mendez, she solved an Oak Knoll murder with a particularly challenging mystery: The victim never existed.

And now Hoag returns once more to Oak Knoll for the third installment of this bestselling series. Through Leone's pioneering, science-based investigatory skills, Hoag explores the early days of forensic police work. And through the chilling case at the heart of Down the Darkest Road, she hooks ever more readers into the meticulously crafted, all-too-terrifying world of Oak Knoll, where the scariest secrets of all can be found . . . Down the Darkest Road.

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