Book Review: Live to Tell – Lisa Gardner

An outstanding start to my November reads! I will forever be grateful to my best friend for bringing me two copies of Lisa Gardner’s books all the way from across the pond!

I’ve previously mentioned how I must have lived my whole life under a rock – evidently this is still the case. Which I guess is another reason why I started this blog. Over the last two and a bit months, I’ve discovered some amazing books and authors!

I had never heard of Lisa Gardner before (what’s my life?!); my only solace is that there are so many books I haven’t read yet and can now catch up to all of the long-time fans of her! Watch out – new fan over here.

Synopsis

On a warm summer night, in a working-class neighborhood, four family members are brutally murdered. The father – and possible suspect – clings to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D.D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

Danielle Burton is not only a dedicated nurse at a locked-down pediatric psych ward but the haunted survivor of a shattered life. Meanwhile, devoted mother Victoria Oliver will do anything to ensure that her troubled son has some semblance of a childhood.

The lives of these three women connect in unexpected ways, as sins from the past emerge – and stunning secrets reveal just how tightly blood ties can bind.

 

“And I wonder if tonight is going to be the night he will finally kill me.”

 

The book follows the narrative alternating between the three women – Danielle, Victoria and detective D.D. Warren. Cleverly constructed story-line with a few shockers I didn’t see coming. The plot knocked me sideways from the get-go and the author kept me engaged throughout.

I felt sorry for Danielle who carried around an immense burden of survivor’s guilt. With the 25th anniversary of the day she lost her whole family coming around, she drowned herself in work. I was absolutely blown away by the day-to-day life of the pediatric psych ward; and take my hat off to the nurses who work tirelessly day in and out with damaged children. Not gonna lie- it was an enormous shock to the system.

 

“‘Danny girl,’ he sang more brightly. “My pretty, pretty Danny girl.”

 

A bit of romance (or the lack of thereof); a lot of disturbance; a great deal of edginess and a touch of whodunnit. Live to Tell is full of twisters and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout to the very end; and at times had me read through my fingers! Nearly impossible to put down once you start.

I would highly recommend if you like crime and suspense thrillers.

5 out of 5 stars, no doubt!

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