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Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel Hardcover – July 13, 2010
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He knows everything about youâincluding the first place you’ll hide.
On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The fatherâand possible suspectânow lies clinging 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 a survivor, a dedicated nurse whose passion is to help children at a locked-down pediatric psych ward. But she remains haunted by a family tragedy that shattered her life nearly twenty-five years ago. The dark anniversary is approaching, and when D. D. Warren and her partner show up at the facility, Danielle immediately realizes: It has started again.
A devoted mother, Victoria Oliver has a hard time remembering what normalcy is like. But she will do anything to ensure that her troubled son has some semblance of a childhood. She will love him no matter what. Nurture him. Keep him safe. Protect him. Even when the threat comes from within her own house.Â
In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s most compelling work of suspense to date, the lives of these three women unfold and connect in unexpected ways, as sins from the past emergeâand stunning secrets reveal just how tightly blood ties can bind. Sometimes the most devastating crimes are the ones closest to home.
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The story is for the most part well written. The characters of Danielle and Victoria are sympathetic characters, each equally fighting a fierce battle. For Danielle that battle is her dark past and for Victoria that battle is raising her son Even. You learn so much about these women and what they had dealt with in their lives leading up to an ending that definitely surpasses that of Gardner's previous book, The Neighbor. The only problem here is with D.D. She played the same role in this book that she played in the last three books in this so-called series. Maybe Gardner tried to through in some character development for her by teaming her up with Alex Wilson who taught at the academy, but in the end all that really did was create someone for D.D to flirt and maybe get serious with. It didn't tell us what kind of person D.D is, why she does what she does what kind of family does she come from. She likes eating, sex and wearing nice clothes. That doesn't say much. She's kind of pushy and sometimes too much for her own good. She likes to be the boss. Her characters major development but she's still far from a Mary Sue. I may not like D.D, but I can somewhat understand her. She's busy workaholic who takes her job seriously. She may not be Harry Bosch or Jane Rizzoli, but she still far from Bella Swan. She actually does stuff.
I recommend this book for the interesting stories for Danielle Burton and Victoria Oliver; and even though the police work seen from D.D's perspective is interesting it still leaves much to be desired. Just like The Neighbor, it is a great story, but it's not D.D's story. Maybe Love You More will paint us a better picture of D.D Warren. And maybe we'll finally learn what "D.D" stands for,
Live to Tell starts off with the slaughter of an entire family, supposedly by the father's who had a bullet in his brain. Detective D.D. Warren is on the case, and she's out to get her man, in more ways than one. Frustrated by her job, and by her lack of any human contact that doesn't involve the dead, D.D. is paired with a handsome crime professor, who seems like the prefect guy for D.D., if she can get through all the dead bodies, and onto a badly needed date.
Could it be the father who kills his whole family, or the young boy who the parents are fostering. Is Danielle reenacting her own tragic past by killing other families on the anniversary of her own family's death? Or could it be the gym teacher with the crush on Danielle who works with her in the ward? Maybe it's the 'enlightened' former Wall Street guru, who seems to have a link with the slaughtered family. I really liked Andrew Lightfoot and his talk of going to the 'inner planes' to talk to the deceased. Just the journey though Andrew's woo-woo world was worth buying the book.
One thing I really like about Lisa Gardner is the research, and part of the fun of reading her novels is that you get to truly enter the world she creates. I've never been to a psych-ward, but I feel like I've visited one in my mind. My heart goes out to the parents and the decisions they have to make for their damaged children, and for the children whose parents do the damaging.
Gardner never lets the reader settle on one suspect for very long and she never disappoints when she finally names the killer. Great ending, great beginning, and hard to put down in the middle.
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Blah blah so much filler material that wasn't necessary .Read more