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Live to Tell (Detective D.D. Warren 4)

Live to Tell (Detective D.D. Warren 4) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Gardner
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Lisa Gardner has long been an ace practitioner of the psychological crime novel, and her skills don't desert her in her latest outing, Live To Tell.There are a host of thrillers vying for our attention at present, and the quality on offer ranges from the indifferent through the workmanlike to the genuinely inventive. Lisa Gardner has demonstrated in such books as The Other Daughter and The Perfect Husband that she’s more than capable of delivering the genuine article: thrillers which function on both the plotting and character levels, always couched in smart, well-honed prose. If Live To Tell isn’t quite vintage Gardner, it’s still an impressive piece of work – and better than most of her rivals could produce.

A savage crime has rocked a working class neighbourhood of Boston; four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father is lying in an intensive care unit, his survival in doubt. He is the principal suspect. Female police detective DD Warren, however, is not one to take things at face value. At the same time, Danielle Burton is about to have her life thrown into turmoil; a nurse whose life is at the service of her profession, she has tentatively recovered from a devastating family tragedy of decades before – and the investigation by Warren and her partner is about the throw Danielle’s life into chaos once again. There is one more angle to the triangle: the devotion of a mother, Victoria Oliver, to her disturbed son is about to be tested to the limit.

As before, Lisa Gardener in Live To Tell has the measure of the suspense techniques she employs, tightening the screws on the lives of these three women as a grim crime is laid bare. --Barry Forshaw


She knows how to draw tension ever tighter, and this is an expertly crafted suspense thriller that drips cold sweat. (EVENING TELEGRAPH)

Perhaps her best work yet and one of the scariest novels I've read in a long time... A masterfully wrought piece of original fiction. (CATHOLIC HERALD)

I couldn't put it down (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E9Y1K4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lisa Gardner sold her first novel when she was just 20 years old. In 1993 she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. She lives in New Hampshire.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live to tell you, it's another good book! 27 July 2010
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Danielle Burton is the lone survivor of her family massacre over 25 years ago. She currently works in a children's psychiatric ward trying to help if not save children. It is fast approaching the 25th anniversary of the event and she feels powerless to stop all the old emotions from returning. In a nearby working class neighbourhood, a family is found dead. There is one survivor the father, who is clinging on for life in the Intensive Care Unit. Detective DD Warren is called to the scene and soon realises that this is not a simple open and shut murder case.Victoria Oliver is trying to just get through each day of here life. She tries her best to keep her son safe from himself and the outside world but the day to day struggle becomes harder when she realised the biggest threat is from her own son.The lives of Danielle, Victoria and DD will soon collide, only none of them realises just how great the consequences are going to be.

I have been a fan of Lisa Gardner's since I picked up one of her earlier books. I almost always pre-order her books so that I don't miss a publication date. Her books in the past have proved to be absolutely edge of your seat suspense. This book, well, in a word I have mixed feelings.I read the first review on Amazon from a lady in the US who read one of LG's earlier books entitled `Alone' and then read this current book next. The lady had stated in her review she wondered if they were the same author and I know where she is coming from.

LG has always written really fast paced thrillers and the characters are always really strong and passionate people that are thrown into the deep end of a story. In one respect this book is no different. However, there is one major element to this story which threw me which was the `supernatural'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Gripping! 17 Aug 2010
I have been an avid fan of Lisa Gardener from the beginning, but where most authors start to get a bit 'stale' and lack ideas, Lisa just gets better and better.

I had to fight with myself, i was drawn between wanting to finish it super quick because it was so good and also trying to slow my reading down to prolong the story.

A fanstic and gripping story.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Live to Tell: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel," is another in the D.D. Warren series of thrillers, that includes The Neighbor, Hide, and Alone, by New York Times bestselling American mystery/thriller writer Lisa Gardner. In it, Boston police detective D. D. Warren is assigned the case of a family that has been murdered, apparently by the father, who, it seems, nearly failed to take his own life after killing his wife and young children. And, shockingly enough, there is another local family annihilation (as they are apparently known), also apparently by the father, barely two days later. In neither case is it clear why, without obvious reason, the father would slaughter his family. So D.D. wonders if another member of each family might have been the perpetrator, and soon discovers that there was a psychotic child in each family. In succeeding chapters narrated by secondary characters, Victoria, a mother almost defeated by her psychotic son; and Danielle, a nurse who works with psychotic children, and is also a survivor of family annihilation, the author introduces us to children like Evan, Victoria's eight-year-old, who are capable of frightening violence, and have been known even to plot the killing of their parents.

Several ensuing chapters are set in the pediatric facility where Danielle works, apparently based on a similar real-life facility, the Child Assessment Unit in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down.................... 24 Aug 2010
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this book had me gripped from the get go - I could not put it down. I don't really agree that the "thriller" aspect is a bit light the body count is high (!!) the pace is electric and you are kept guessing what on earth is going on right to the end. This is another great novel by Lisa Gardner - loved it :-)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a first chapter! 27 July 2010
By Louise
I've been a fan of Lisa Gardner since I read Hide back in 2007. Full of suspense, highly charged, and utterly terrifying, Lisa's thrillers leave no room to breathe from beginning to end. And Live to Tell is no different. Quoting the book jacket itself, Lisa Gardner will mess with your head!

The opening chapter completely floors you and the ensuing twists and turns never let up. Cracking pace and action are matched with a dark undertone that chills to the bone and makes you think about how well you really know anyone, least of all your own family.

I like thrillers. I like to be terrified. I like to be gripped. And I love Lisa Gardner. Get this book and you won't regret it. It's brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 18 Mar 2014
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This book is one of Lisa Gardner's best. The story involves the murder of families who have mentally disturbed children and it's harrowing at times. It's a well constructed plot and I couldn't put it down at times. Just a great read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Woo woo indeed.....
And if the woo woo wasn't enough then D.D Warren finished it for me with this author. What a vile woman she is - so rude and arrogant and foul mouthed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mr. M. Reynolds
3.0 out of 5 stars took time
this book took time to get onto but worth sticking with. good read could not put down once into the story's
Published 5 days ago by kaysara
4.0 out of 5 stars Live To Tell
I enjoyed the book, lots of short chapters that keeps you wanting to read more. Good strong character and interesting subject matter.
Published 18 days ago by FIONA
4.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable
I found it very absorbing had to read it every chance l had wanted to know how it ended very well delivered
Published 29 days ago by maureen alexina wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by bob
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting right to the end
A fast moving story which keeps you guessing until the very last pages. Gave a fascinating insight into psychological conditions.
Published 1 month ago by shopsalot
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great read. recommend Lisa Gardner to all my friend's.
Published 1 month ago by Geraldine Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was my first book from this author and I thought it was very good, maybe a litte far fetched but it held my attention
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
it went on for to long
Published 2 months ago by john chapman lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
Fantastic, page turner, gripping story. Lisa gardener has created a empathic, gripping interesting read . Cannot wait to acquire another of her books.
Published 4 months ago by Rie
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