Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag

60%

5 Critic Reviews

The ending begs for an emotional purging. It just doesn’t happen. And the last two chapters? Wasted afterthought.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

Once upon a time I had the perfect family. Then, as in all fairy tales, evil came into our lives…

Four years after Lauren Lawton’s sixteen-year-old daughter disappeared, the world gave up the girl for dead. Lauren’s husband took his own life. Her younger daughter is looking only for what’s left of her childhood. But Lauren never surrendered. She knows who took her child, and there’s not a shred of evidence against him.

Looking for a fresh start, Lauren and her younger daughter Leah move to idyllic Oak Knoll. So has Lauren’s suspect. And it feels that history is about to repeat itself.

Leah is turning sixteen, and Oak Knoll has a cunning predator on the hunt. But as sheriff’s detective Tony Mendez and his team sift through the circumstances of an increasingly disturbing case, a stunning question changes everything they thought they knew…
 

About Tami Hoag

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Tami Hoag's novels have appeared regularly on national bestseller lists since the publication of her first book in 1988. She lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Dutton. 445 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Jan 15 2012
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Weeks as Bestseller
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Critic reviews for Down the Darkest Road
All: 5 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Dec 01 2011

A mesmerizing psychological drama on loss, guilt, frustration and implacable, unexplainable evil.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Nov 14 2011

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.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Norman Wilson on Dec 27 2011

The ending begs for an emotional purging. It just doesn’t happen. And the last two chapters? Wasted afterthought.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Kathy Altman on Feb 03 2012

...you'll want to experience it again so you can collect the clues and ironies and prevarications that made the climax believable — and so incredibly potent.

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Sun Sentinel

Good
Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill on Dec 27 2011

Hoag's highly entertaining thrillers with complex characters and realistic angst have earned a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List since 1995. "Down the Darkest Road" is sure to follow that tradition.

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