Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

Last week, Lisa Gardner's The Neighbor was named Best Hardcover Novel of 2009 by the International Thriller Writers. Her new Detective D.D. Warren novel, Live to Tell, was released today. I see no reason why this disturbing book shouldn't be named the best hardcover thriller of 2010.

Gardner skillfully ties together the story of three women. It's a hot August night in Boston when Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren is called away from a date to the scene of a terrible mass homicide. An entire family has been slaughtered, with the father, the suspect, rushed to the hospital as a gunshot victim. Self-inflicted, since it appears he killed his entire family? Or, is there something more involved here?

Danielle Burton is a nurse, devoted to her patients in a Boston Pediatric Clinic where she works with mentally and emotionally disturbed children in a locked ward. She knows the trauma in a child's life. She still bears the scars of a family tragedy twenty-five years earlier.

And, then there's Victoria Oliver. She's a devoted mother, determined to protect her troubled son, even if it means giving up the life she's known.

The stories of these three women converge on a path that can only lead to tragedy. And, it will take all of D.D. Warren's skills as the leader of an investigative team to find a killer before more families are destroyed.

Live to Tell is a gripping, disturbing book in which Gardner delves into the world of children who are psychotic. It's hard to avert your eyes from the tragedies portrayed in the pages of Gardner's latest book. Lisa Gardner builds the suspense to an almost unbearable level, before shocking the reader with an unexpected twist. She manipulates the characters and the reader just as beautifully in Live to Tell as she did with The Neighbor. Best thriller of 2010, anyone?

Lisa Gardner's website is www.lisagardner.com

Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner. Bantam Books, ©2010. ISBN 9780553807240 (hardcover), 388p.

FTC Full Disclosure - Gardner's publicist sent me Live to Tell, knowing Gardner was appearing at the library.


Jen Forbus said...

Oh my, you know, I haven't read Gardner before but I think I need to pick this one up! I like the sound of it.

Lesa said...

I read The Neighbor last year, Jen. Very good, but this one is even better, in my opinion. Disturbing, though, as I said.

Kay said...

I keep meaning to read a Lisa Gardner book, but I don't think I have. If so, it was a long time ago. In any case, this one seems to be available for Kindle and I may pick it up that way. I put it on my wish list. Could I start here without reading the previous books in the series?

P.S. Wrote a response to your Rizzoli & Isles question on Jen's blog, Lesa.

Lesa said...

You can definitely read this one, Kay, without having read previous ones. The only other one I read was The Neighbor, and D.D. Warren was really only the investigating officer, with little about her personally in the book. So, you can start here with no problem.

Read your note on Jen's blog, and I'll wait to hear what you think!

Kris said...

Sounds really good! I still haven't read anything by this author, but this one sure makes me want to change that.

Lesa said...

That's OK, Kris. And, you can start with this one without worrying about earlier books.

Deb Fezzuoglio said...

Hi, Lesa,
I am a huge fan of Lisa Gardner. I got to know about her since she and her husband used to live in Rhode Island not far from us. Each novel of hers is so well researched and really is hard to put down. I came close to picking this new one up today while out and about and now I regret not getting it. Next on the list now!!!

Thanks, too, for letting me know about your journey back to Ohio.

Tell Lesa hello from a fan in Rhode Island when you see her.

Deb Fezzuoglio said...

Well you could tell LESA hello from me just by looking in the mirror...what I meant was tell LISA hello from one of her Rhode Island fans....
In those oh so famous lyrics from the Wizard of Oz "if I only had a brain!" :>)

Lesa said...

This is a disturbing book, but very good, Deb. Probably some of those kids that attack your house. Funny about the Wizard of Oz.

My college roommate is going into the studio to record three songs Jim wanted her to sing at his funeral. She's sending them to me on CD. One is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Jamie does the most beautiful version I've ever heard. I know I'm going to cry.