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Down the Darkest Road (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Tami Hoag

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Title:Down the Darkest Road
Authors:Tami Hoag
Info:Dutton Adult (2011), Hardcover, 448 pages
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Imagine having your sixteen-year old daughter abducted; disappear without knowing if or where she's alive. Imagine knowing who took her and not being able to do anything about it! This is the situation Lauren Lawton finds herself in for the last four years. had a hard time when starting this novel, seemed like so much sadness, anger, and fear. I am a staunch Tami Hoag fan, so I wouldn't give it up. WOW. It picks up and never stops until the last page. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Four years ago 16-year-old Leslie Lawton was abducted and never heard from again. Her family, especially mom Lauren, constantly hounded the police to find her daughter even offering the name of a suspect, Ronald Ballencoa, who she was sure kidnapped Leslie. The detectives could find no evidence against Ballencoa but Lauren remained adamant that he was the culprit. Overcome with grief, Lauren’s husband took his own life leaving Lauren and their younger daughter, Leah, alone to deal with overwhelming twin tragedies. Hoping to provide a better life for the now 16-year-old Leah, Lauren moves the two of them to an small town several hours away from their old home. Their contentment is short-lived when Lauren spots Ballencoa in the local grocery store. Has he moved to the same town to stalk Lauren and Leah? Can these police be convinced of Ballencoa’s guilt before another child, possibly even Leah, disappears?

Lauren is a strong character who is not always entirely likeable. There is dissension between herself and Leah but it is obvious that it is Lauren’s over-protectiveness at fault. At times I wanted to shake Lauren and tell her to pay attention to the child she still had but Lauren is one determined lady. Ballencoa is a scarily creepy bad guy who will make your skin crawl. Another great story from Tami Hoag.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
Not as good as the first two in the series. It shows the struggles of the mother looking for answers of her missing daughter and the revenge she wants to seek against the person who took her. ( )
  desmondmarie32 | Jun 28, 2015 |
Not believable. ( )
  cherilove | Feb 19, 2015 |
It's like therapy group, only better. ("Better".)

And while the difficult 'literary' stuff can have its merits, this is clean (not confused) and easy to read.

The therapy-group-aspect of it does take patience, (and I didn't actually *like* the book), but I tried to rate it for the quality of the writing.

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Then again, I didn't like it, so how good could it have been, really. Without trying to be too biased, it wasn't wonderful. It just wasn't obviously flawed.

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What I mean is the main character wasn't really sympathetic to me-- this victim who thinks that the rules of morality and behavior don't really apply to her because of her excessive pain, etc., etc. But what the author thought of her character is unclear to me, so whatever.

(8/10) ( )
  fearless2012 | Aug 3, 2013 |
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1980s California FBI agent Vince Leone taps into the powers of science-based forensic techniques to unveil dark secrets and stop a killer who is terrorizing the citizens of Oak Knoll.

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