Thursday, August 19, 2010

Virtual Book Tour and Review: Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

First line: I don't remember that night much anymore.

From the back cover: The lives of three women collide on a suburban night: Veteran Boston police detective D.D. Warren is called to the scene of the murder of a family whose sole survivor lies clinging to life ... Nurse Danielle Burton works in a locked-down pediatric psych ward, haunted by a tragedy she's desperate to conceal ... Victoria Oliver will do anything to protect her troubled son - even when the threat comes from within her own home. This investigation will bring these remarkable women together - and sweep all three closer to the edge than they've ever been before.

Dangerous, haunting, and crackling with surprises, Live To Tell is an enthralling tale of family, murder, and suspense, from a master of the genre.

My thoughts: This is the fourth book in the Detective D. D. Warren series but the first one I have read. Now, if you know anything about my reading habits, I usually don't start reading books in the middle of a series, but I gave it a go this time. I certainly wasn't disappointed, nor did I feel lost at any point. While the first three books might have given more insight into Detective D.D., I still felt as if I could understand her a bit. I really loved how this book was told from three perspectives - D.D., Victoria and Danielle, and how in the end, you find out how they are all connected. Each chapter was short, much like James Patterson's books, and each contained just enough suspense to leave you wanting more. There are endless twists and turns to the plot - whenever you think you have it all figured out, something new and unexpected happens. The subject matter of this novel, dealing with psychologically disturbed children, is really interesting. This is a complex topic, yet Lisa Gardner treats it with respect and sensitivity. There were some supernatural elements added to the book that, while not my cup of tea, did enhance the story. I think I will be going back to read the first three books in this series - I only hope they are as good as this one!

About the author: Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Her Detective D.D. Warren novels include The Neighbor, Hide, and Alone. Her FBI Profiler novels include Say Goodbye, Gone, The Killing Hour, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England, where she is at work on her next D.D. Warren novel, Save Me, which Bantam will publish in 2011.

You can find more information about Lisa by visiting her  website.

I received a complimentary copy of Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour.


  1. I like Lisa Gardner's books-they are good brain candy. If you've never read Tess Gerritsen or Laura Lippman I recommend them too-they all sort of remind me of each other.

  2. I have the Tess Gerritsen books on my tbr pile - I am really enjoying the show that is based on her books!

  3. I love Lisa Gardner's books. They are simply awesome with a lot of suspense. Tess Gerriten is also very good one.. I will try Laura Lippman..


  4. Thanks for the fabulous review of Lisa's latest novel. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to read it for her tour, but my TBR pile is already screaming at me.

    Thanks for hosting Lisa during her tour.


  5. I really want to Lisa Gardner books. I have not found any of her book at local bookstore in my country..Thanks for the review!


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