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  • May 13, 2011
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On a warm summer night an entire family in Boston are killed. It looks like a murder-suicide and the father clings to live at an ICU.

The following day, in another part of town, a new family is killed. There doesn't seem to be anything to connect the crimes.

D.D. Warren of the Boston homicide unit is called in and after viewing the crime scenes feels as if there's just too much here to be coincidental.

We learn of Danielle Burton, a psychiatric nurse whose family was killed by her intoxicated father, twenty-five years before. She was the only survivor and now works in a Boston psych ward to help other traumatized children.

D.D. continues to try anything that could link the crimes and discovers that one child in each family had been a patient at the Boston psych ward.

D.D. and her partner visit the ward and speak to Danielle. Afterwords, they learn that there are a number of connections.

This is an extremely suspenseful story that covers an emotional area that is difficult to read about. However, the story has so much going for it that it is difficult to stop. There is a good character build-up as we learn of D.D.'s life outside of the job and Danielle's attempt to have a normal life after the childhood tragedy.

Lisa Gardner is an author who writes a story where the reader comes to think that the plot is going in a certain direction, only to change things and have the reader be surprised and entertained with the changes.

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review by . September 19, 2010
Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.    Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner is a taut page turner. Detective D.D. Warren is called out to the scene of an apparent family tragedy wherein a father killed his family and then turned the gun on himself. However, before Warren can resolve the crime to her satisfaction, she is called to another, similar scene and she realizes that what she had thought was family tragedy is actually …
review by . May 30, 2010
LIVE TO TELL is the fourth book in best-selling author Lisa Gardner's Detective D.D. Warren series; for all the horror of its subject matter, readers will find it impossible to put down. D.D. Warren is a thirty-eight year old blonde, head of a three-person homicide unit in the Boston Police Department. Her work gives her little time for a personal life.    The call that interrupts D.D.'s latest blind date is horrific: a "family annihilation," the murder-suicide of a family of …
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Starred Review. At the heart of Gardner's outstanding fourth novel featuring Boston PD detective Warren (after The Neighbor) are some very sick kids, notably Lucy, a nine-year-old feral girl who self-mutilates when any attention is given to her, and Evan, an eight-year-old boy who during fits threatens to kill his mother. D.D gets involved after two grisly family annihilations lead to the locked-down pediatric psych ward in Cambridge that specializes in Lucy's and Evan's types of hard case. When a child is too sick and the parent can no longer handle care, the child ends up in the acute care facility under the tutelage of pediatric psych nurse Danielle, the lone survivor of her own family bloodbath. Coincidence? That's for D.D. to figure out--in the midst of a budding romance with police academy professor Alex Wilson and infuriating encounters with Andrew Lightfoot, resident "woo-woo expert" (that's cop talk for psychic), who works in tandem with the hospital. Plenty of red herrings keep readers guessing, but Gardner always plays fair in this tight and consistently engaging page-turner.
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ISBN-10: 0553807242
ISBN-13: 978-0553807240
Author: Lisa Gardner
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Bantam
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