About this Book#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag returns with her second thriller in the Deeper than the Dead microseries, exploring the early days of forensic investigation, the characteristics of innocence-and the nature of evil.
The California town of Oak Knoll is sent into a tailspin when Mariss Fordham-a woman with a past full of secrets and a present full of lies-was found brutally murdered with her young daughter Haley resting her head on her mother's bloody breast. Already on edge with the pending trial of the See-No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by the grisly reports of the crime scene, one that could have gone undiscovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy."
Tony Mendez, a sheriff's detective, is faced with a puzzle with nothing but pieces that won't fit into place. To assist with his very young witness Haley, he calls teacher-turned-child advocate Anne Leone. Anne has a lot on her plate as it is--she's a newlywed, a part-time student in child psychology, and the star witness in the upcoming See-No-Evil trial. Regardless, Anne's heart is stolen with one look at Haley, who is alone and terrified.
While Tony and Anne begin to peel back the onion-like layers of Marissa Fordham's life, they find a clue fragment here, another clue fragment there. And just when it seems Marissa had taken her secrets to the grave, they uncover a fact that places Anne and Haley directly into the crosshairs of a killer.