Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

The Book:


In Live to Tell, D.D Warren the thirty-eight year old head of the homicide squad in the Boston Police Department has a unique case to solve. A father who is in a critical stage in the ICU becomes a suspect when an apparent murder-suicide is reported. The case is mostly written off as a tragic murder-suicide but is not of great importance till another family is dead the very next night. An investigation is triggered and very soon D.D and her squad find themselves in the pediatric psych ward.

The case focuses on Danielle, a nurse who specializes in the care of mentally disturbed children. Danielle has had a disturbing childhood – a victim herself, Danielle lost her entire family to the murderous spree of her father. The book also pays substantial attention to Victoria, the mother of a troubled child and the despair she faces.

The View:

Lisa Gardner was highly recommended by a few of my adorable fellow bloggers and I cannot thank them enough. The book is a mind-blowing read and touches a very sensitive topic of mentally disturbed children. The narratives by Victoria made me extremely emotional and helped me look at psychiatric wards and children from a totally different perspective. I empathized with the mother in her and the strong belief she held, inspite of facing an imminent danger to her life.

Danielle’s narratives added a different note to the story leaving me very inquisitive of her past. The book does the little tease-act and I loved it. When I read Danielle’s story I had a feeling of satisfaction and felt that I knew all that she has been through but as the story progresses more and more tit-bits of her past were revealed.. Exciting!

The book is a must read for readers who love the mystery-thriller genre. With “Live to Tell” you remain unsure of the murderer and intent till the last few pages and it is worth the wait. Rated a 5 on 5.

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2 Responses

  1. My dad just got me the first book in this series by Gardner. Looking forward to reading it!

    Great review!

  2. I’ve got her book ‘Alone’ waiting to be read and this one sounds like a great one too, glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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