Book Review: Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag

18928290Title: Down the Darkest Road
Series: Oak Knoll #3
Author: Tami Hoag
Pages: 432 pages
Published: December 27th 2011 by Dutton

GoodReads Description: "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. The Santa Barbara police are handcuffed by the very laws they are sworn to uphold. 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. In Down the Darkest Road, #1 New York Times bestseller Tami Hoag proves again why she is one of the world's most beloved storytellers."

Once upon a time I had the perfect family. I had the perfect husband. I had the perfect children. I had the perfect life in the perfect home. And then, as in all fairy tales, evil came into our lives and destroyed us.

That quote makes for a pretty good summary of the book! Lauren Lawton has a perfect life that comes crashing down when her oldest daughter, Leslie, is kidnapped. The book opens 4 years later when Lauren and her remaining daughter Leah move to Oak Knoll to start over. Lauren's husband has killed himself. The case is still open.

Yeah, it's not going well for the Lawtons. But to top it off they know exactly who kidnapped Leslie, but have no proof. So he is just roaming free and this fact has pretty much driven Lauren Lawton over the edge.
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This was my first book by Tami Hoag - it was given to me along with another of her books. So I started in the middle of this series - I wish I would have started at the beginning, I think I may go back and read them! All in all I thought it was great! I usually really hate rich characters - which this family was. But there was so much tragedy falling on these people I guess they had to have something going for them! And the writing was very readable and intriguing so it had me hooked! I really enjoyed the book. The ending was satisfying but a bit far-fetched so I'm going with 3.5 rounded to 4 stars.