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A savage crime has rocked a working-class neighbourhood of Boston; four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father is lying in an intensive care unit, his survival in doubt. He is the principal suspect. Female police detective D.D. Warren, however, is not one to take things at face value. At the same time, Danielle Burton is about to have her life thrown i A savage crime has rocked a working-class neighbourhood of Boston; four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father is lying in an intensive care unit, his survival in doubt. He is the principal suspect. Female police detective D.D. Warren, however, is not one to take things at face value. At the same time, Danielle Burton is about to have her life thrown into turmoil; a nurse whose life is at the service of her profession, she has tentatively recovered from a devastating family tragedy of decades before – and the investigation by Warren and her partner is about to throw Danielle’s life into chaos once again. There is one more angle to the triangle: the devotion of a mother, Victoria Oliver, to her disturbed son is about to be tested to the limit.


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A savage crime has rocked a working-class neighbourhood of Boston; four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father is lying in an intensive care unit, his survival in doubt. He is the principal suspect. Female police detective D.D. Warren, however, is not one to take things at face value. At the same time, Danielle Burton is about to have her life thrown i A savage crime has rocked a working-class neighbourhood of Boston; four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father is lying in an intensive care unit, his survival in doubt. He is the principal suspect. Female police detective D.D. Warren, however, is not one to take things at face value. At the same time, Danielle Burton is about to have her life thrown into turmoil; a nurse whose life is at the service of her profession, she has tentatively recovered from a devastating family tragedy of decades before – and the investigation by Warren and her partner is about to throw Danielle’s life into chaos once again. There is one more angle to the triangle: the devotion of a mother, Victoria Oliver, to her disturbed son is about to be tested to the limit.

30 review for Live to Tell

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Ok, so, DD did not annoy me as much as she did in the previous book The Neighbor, but she still somehow manages to remain my least favorite character in her own series. At least this time she doesn't focus on one suspect and try to make that person the killer no matter what. However she still doesn't strike me as the sharpest knife in the drawer. Her technique for finding a killer seems to be 'That guy did it!...'No, wait, she did it!'. I had to shake my head at the fact that she seemed convince Ok, so, DD did not annoy me as much as she did in the previous book The Neighbor, but she still somehow manages to remain my least favorite character in her own series. At least this time she doesn't focus on one suspect and try to make that person the killer no matter what. However she still doesn't strike me as the sharpest knife in the drawer. Her technique for finding a killer seems to be 'That guy did it!...'No, wait, she did it!'. I had to shake my head at the fact that she seemed convinced early on that on person old killed his entire family despite the fact that the evidence clearly ruled that person out on sheer physical merits. I really liked Danielle, the primary narrator of this book. She is a nurse in a pediatric psych ward where through the novel we get to hear stories about children with behavorial disorders, some of which do make the children incredibly violent. I was also very affected by the narration of Victoria, a mother of one of the kids. It was just sad. But just like in the previous book I was very satisfied with how the story wrapped and the fate of these characters. I really, really dislike reading stories that deal in children in jeopardy..kidnappings, molestation etc. So far with this series it is two-for-two with this kind of storiy. I do like how Gardner is able to create a compelling story and some really sympathetic characters with some great depth. But if the stories continue to focus on molested children I may have to say goodbye to this series. It is also a shame that the titular main character just annoys the crap out of me. I think one of my biggest problems with DD, besides the fact that she doesn't seem to, you know, figure out stuff through investigation, is that she doesn't seem to be in the job in order to seek justice for her victims. She strikes me as a person who just likes to catch bad guys and show how big her balls are. She's incredibly antagonistic when she is questioning people. Even people who her own evidence proves are not likely to be involved in the crime. Truthfully, I think A lot of my lack of warmth toward her could do with the fact that so far in the two books I've read in this series, the only time we spend in DD's head is to hear about 1) how pretty/hot/sexy she is 2) how much she loves to eat and 3)how desperate she is to get laid. The most substantive time we get in characters' heads are of the people who are the probable perps. Gardner does such a good job with making them 3-dimensionally human and making DD somewhat opaque that I just can't seem to warm to DD. And truthfully in these last two book, DD didn't do much to solve her own cases the other characters just handed the resolution to her. But I plan to try out the next book, despite DD I am enjoying Gardner's writing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Whoo hoo I finally got to learn more about the elusive Detective D.D Warren, or D.D. as she is known. I started this series at number 3, and tracked back to read in order. The books in this series by Lisa Gardner are an awesome set, but funnily enough so far in this series, I feel D.D does take the back seat. But she showed herself here, and I really enjoy her character. She's a highly committed Detective Sergeant, a hard boss, a hard woman who really does have a soft centre, and this book is wh Whoo hoo I finally got to learn more about the elusive Detective D.D Warren, or D.D. as she is known. I started this series at number 3, and tracked back to read in order. The books in this series by Lisa Gardner are an awesome set, but funnily enough so far in this series, I feel D.D does take the back seat. But she showed herself here, and I really enjoy her character. She's a highly committed Detective Sergeant, a hard boss, a hard woman who really does have a soft centre, and this book is where me meet that softer side. That probably actually does help offset the dark storyline, one that was highly researched I might add, as we see a very dark side in the disturbing world of very damaged and mentally ill children. I appreciated the author's note in acknowledgement of her good friends that experienced first hand this hard road: 'As parents went, she and her husband were, caring, resourceful, and involved. And they still thought they were losing the war to save their child..... They shared their story in hopes of garnering more understanding for mentally ill children and their often overwhelmed caretakers.' I love this author's books and also her personal way of sending off each story with reflection. One thing this particular story did show me however, as an aside, is that I definitely am a cynic regarding spiritual healers! Get to this author if you enjoy an easy fast paced read. She's never disappointed me yet.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren is called in to the type crime scene all law enforcement agents dread...the murder of children. An entire family was brutally killed and there aren’t any clues leading to why, other than the father being suspected of attempted murder-suicide. When another similar murder happens days later, D. D. and her team know it can’t be a coincidence even though they struggle to find a connection. Meanwhile, pediatric trauma nurse Danielle Burton is facing the 25th anniversar Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren is called in to the type crime scene all law enforcement agents dread...the murder of children. An entire family was brutally killed and there aren’t any clues leading to why, other than the father being suspected of attempted murder-suicide. When another similar murder happens days later, D. D. and her team know it can’t be a coincidence even though they struggle to find a connection. Meanwhile, pediatric trauma nurse Danielle Burton is facing the 25th anniversary of the night that changed her life forever. And Victoria Oliver is determined to care for her troubled son, even though her decision not to institutionalize him has cost her immeasurably. The cases were tough on so many levels as when children are involved. I didn’t know how Danielle and Victoria we’re eventually going to connect with D. D.’s case but knew they would. All three of these situations were highly interesting on their own and combined they made for fascinating reading and listening. One added bonus was insight through Danielle of the commitment of nurses like her who provide quality care to highly disturbed children. What I learned was eye opening and made me grateful for these professionals who do much more than warehouse these kids. It was worth this aspect of the story alone to get this education. D. D. Warren was front and center, clearly the main focus this time. And, her investigative skills improved significantly, most probably because of the influence of Alex Wilson, a former detective now a professor who is shadowing her partner to sharpen his skills. He offered her thought provoking challenges to suppositions, keeping her from falling through the normal rabbit holes of honing in on one suspect and making the evidence fit. She still has a way to go but I saw clear signs of progress. I’m really enjoying this series on audio and the use of three narrators for the three points of view worked so well. All provided great performances, which made a strong story even more compelling.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary Carrasco

    I've gotten away from reading series in recent years. Mostly because I found myself waiting too long for the next book and eventually lost interest. The good news is that now, there are so many complete series for me to choose from! I'm really enjoying the D.D. Warren series and so far, this one has been my favorite. The premise was unique and the pacing was perfect. Of course, I love D.D. With her bottomless pit of a stomach and tough exterior. I'm looking forward to reading them all. I've gotten away from reading series in recent years. Mostly because I found myself waiting too long for the next book and eventually lost interest. The good news is that now, there are so many complete series for me to choose from! I'm really enjoying the D.D. Warren series and so far, this one has been my favorite. The premise was unique and the pacing was perfect. Of course, I love D.D. With her bottomless pit of a stomach and tough exterior. I'm looking forward to reading them all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    This was a pretty horrific case: an entire family is murdered. Pretty cut and dry at first, but of course things are never as they appear in a Lisa Gardner mystery. This is where the Alex and D.D. meet up for the first time, an immediate attraction brewing. D.D. is smitten once she finds out Alex can cook! Good Italian food and wine is a sure way to D.D.'s heart! The audio version as a re-read was fantastic! This was a pretty horrific case: an entire family is murdered. Pretty cut and dry at first, but of course things are never as they appear in a Lisa Gardner mystery. This is where the Alex and D.D. meet up for the first time, an immediate attraction brewing. D.D. is smitten once she finds out Alex can cook! Good Italian food and wine is a sure way to D.D.'s heart! The audio version as a re-read was fantastic!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    This is such a fun mystery. After the first few chapters, I was completely sucked in and couldn’t put it down. D.D. Warren is the lead detective on a case in which the entire family was slaughtered except for the father who is clinging to life in the hospital. There is also the nurse Danielle, who works at a hospital for children with mental and behavioral issues, either because they were born with brains that worked differently or they were so badly mistreated by the people who were supposed to c This is such a fun mystery. After the first few chapters, I was completely sucked in and couldn’t put it down. D.D. Warren is the lead detective on a case in which the entire family was slaughtered except for the father who is clinging to life in the hospital. There is also the nurse Danielle, who works at a hospital for children with mental and behavioral issues, either because they were born with brains that worked differently or they were so badly mistreated by the people who were supposed to care for them, they don’t have the skills to navigate life. It was hard reading about children being horribly abused. There is a mother whose son’s behavioral issues have made her husband and daughter move away for the safety of the younger sister—the father is afraid of his eight-year-old son’s capacity for violence. Eventually, all these story lines converge. Gardner does such of deft job of letting you think one person is the killer and then adding new facts and twists and making you think, oh, so maybe *this* is the killer . . . This is fast-paced and fun. Recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monika Sadowski

    Great book. Its my first in the series and I guess I picked good one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    “Oh Danny girl. My pretty, pretty Danny girl.” What a haunting melody this proves to be! I listened to Live to Tell, Lisa Gardner’s fourth D.D. Warren police procedural during a seven-and-a-half hour round trip and got more than halfway through the audio version before switching to the print version upon returning home. Danielle Burton is a 34-year-old pediatric psychiatric nurse who is tormented by the memory of her father singing her name the night he shot and killed her mother and siblings th “Oh Danny girl. My pretty, pretty Danny girl.” What a haunting melody this proves to be! I listened to Live to Tell, Lisa Gardner’s fourth D.D. Warren police procedural during a seven-and-a-half hour round trip and got more than halfway through the audio version before switching to the print version upon returning home. Danielle Burton is a 34-year-old pediatric psychiatric nurse who is tormented by the memory of her father singing her name the night he shot and killed her mother and siblings then turned the gun on himself. Danielle is the sole survivor. Every year as the anniversary of the tragedy approaches, Danielle frantically does everything in her power to avoid reliving the memories of that dreadful night. Mostly, she seeks refuge in her work. Abused, emotionally disturbed children are her salvation. Twenty-five years later, she is still angry. Still hurting. Still keeping others at bay. Live to Tell is narrated from three points of view. In addition to Danielle’s story, there is Victoria Oliver’s heart wrenching reality. She is the mother of Evan, and eight-year-old boy who is anything but “normal.” Victoria struggles with loving her son too much as she fears for her safety. Finally, there is Detective D.D. Warren. We first see her as her hopes for a bedroom romp are ruined when her pager goes off in the middle of dinner, and she is summoned to a gory murder scene. An entire family has been wiped out in an apparent murder-suicide. What will the evidence show? And what in the world do these three story lines have in common? Where, when, and how will they intersect? “Oh Danny girl…Sole survivor…I love you, Mommy…Do you believe in ‘woo-woo’?” My little gray cells were working overtime as I tried to connect the dots. There seemed to be many possibilities, but I couldn’t make them work. Like D.D. and her team, I had my suspicions, but I was never sure. Ms. Gardner ties things up neatly at the end, but it was a bit of a letdown (view spoiler)[ to know that the police didn’t actually solve it. Rather, things just progress to the point of no return… (hide spoiler)] This story held my interest utterly and completely. The only gripe I have is that I felt like I really didn’t learn much new about D.D. Warren. She’s apparently beautiful, and she wants a man. She loves to eat and can really pack away the food. She’s a tough cop, and she works too much. I want to know more! As I continue reading the series, I hope that the author shows more of who Detective Warren really is. 4 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    I just love all the twist and turns of this story. Danielle lives to tell her story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    The story opens with Danielle Burton having a flashback to when she was nine years old and her father killed her mother, sister, and brother before turning the gun on himself in front of her. Now as the twenty fifth anniversary of that horrific event approaches Danielle is a 34-year-old pediatric psychiatric nurse and her life is about to be thrown into turmoil. Danielle has always had an especially difficult time around this time but now two different families have been murdered. Both families The story opens with Danielle Burton having a flashback to when she was nine years old and her father killed her mother, sister, and brother before turning the gun on himself in front of her. Now as the twenty fifth anniversary of that horrific event approaches Danielle is a 34-year-old pediatric psychiatric nurse and her life is about to be thrown into turmoil. Danielle has always had an especially difficult time around this time but now two different families have been murdered. Both families had a child who had been treated at the psych ward where Danielle works. Victoria Oliver is a devoted mother to Evan who suffers from a severe mental condition. Her husband took their daughter and left leaving Victoria to struggle alone trying to raise Evan as normally as possible and not have him institutionalized. The two families who were killed could not be more different. The first family was from a working class neighborhood. Both parents were hard working and attended church regularly. They were loving and devoted parents. The second family was from a poor neighborhood and the father was a known drug dealer. Early on Detective Sergeant D.D Warren knows that there is a connection. D.D. just has to figure out what that connection is. The body count rises when one of the child patients in the psych ward dies under mysterious circumstances. D.D. and her team zero in on the staff in the locked down pediatric psych ward. The story touches on some dark themes. In addition to the mass killings of entire families there is the underlying theme of children with severe mental health problems that require admittance to an acute care facility because their parents can no longer handle their care. Two of the notable cases in this story are 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Detective D.D. Warren is called to the scene of a mass-murder. At first glance, it looks like a father has killed his three children and wife before taking his own life. As D.D. and her crew look into possible motives, they discover another family massacred. Is it just a coincidence? Or are these murders somehow tied together? This story is told by three women. D.D. Warren is the cop investigating two murder-suicide cases. Victoria is a mother of a troubled child she is afraid will someday kill h Detective D.D. Warren is called to the scene of a mass-murder. At first glance, it looks like a father has killed his three children and wife before taking his own life. As D.D. and her crew look into possible motives, they discover another family massacred. Is it just a coincidence? Or are these murders somehow tied together? This story is told by three women. D.D. Warren is the cop investigating two murder-suicide cases. Victoria is a mother of a troubled child she is afraid will someday kill her. Danielle is a nurse in the pediatric psych ward. She is also the lone survivor or a murder-suicide when she was a child. This is a very dark story in the D.D. Warren series. Some of the scenes concerning the mentally disturbed children were a bit hard to read. I liked that each chapter was told by a different character. Both Victoria and Danielle were sympathetic characters. I felt like I didn't learn anything new about D.D. even though this is the fourth books she has appeared in. My rating: 4 Stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Boyd

    Live to Tell, begins with Danielle Burton having a flashback when she was only nine years old, her father murdered her mother and two siblings, before turning the gun on himself, for nearly twenty-five years she could not remember all the events of what happened that fateful night, but was haunted with why she was allowed to live, why did he kill them and not me? As the anniversary of the slaughter of her family approaches, two very different families, from different neighbourhoods are murdered, Live to Tell, begins with Danielle Burton having a flashback when she was only nine years old, her father murdered her mother and two siblings, before turning the gun on himself, for nearly twenty-five years she could not remember all the events of what happened that fateful night, but was haunted with why she was allowed to live, why did he kill them and not me? As the anniversary of the slaughter of her family approaches, two very different families, from different neighbourhoods are murdered, only this time there are no survivors. Detective D.D. Warren struggles to find the connection, hoping they don't have a serial killer on the loose, and is soon led to an acute care facility in Boston for young children, who are not just a danger to themselves, but society, and meets Danielle Burton, a pediatric psych nurse. D.D. is shocked, not just to learn such a place exists, but sees first hand these children, some who have been abused in ways, that even the seasoned detective struggles herself to deal with, whereas other children come from very loving homes, but have a mental illness that even today there is little understanding of. As more clues unfold, and there is a suspicious death of a nine year old girl in the facility, D.D. knows her answers are within the pediatric psych ward, and her main suspect is Danielle Burton. If you like a good thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and guessing the identity of the killer, then I highly recommend this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    3 stars Book #4 in the Detective D.D. Warren series. I am not sure that Gardner did not take on more than needed in this book - which in the beginning seemed to make things very confusing. There are actually three story lines in this book. Two murders and one psychotic child. One mentioned then seemingly forgotten, the other two seemingly without any connection, until very late in the book. A psych nurse who had lived through the murder of her family when she was a child - one story line. A young 3 stars Book #4 in the Detective D.D. Warren series. I am not sure that Gardner did not take on more than needed in this book - which in the beginning seemed to make things very confusing. There are actually three story lines in this book. Two murders and one psychotic child. One mentioned then seemingly forgotten, the other two seemingly without any connection, until very late in the book. A psych nurse who had lived through the murder of her family when she was a child - one story line. A young child who caused the split of his family due to his unruly psychotic behavior - a second story line. Then throw in a shaman and it is D.D. Warrens job to find the connection and solve the problems. On to book #5, Love You More, in hopes of a less scattered story line.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Read: February 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars (best of 2018) The plot: Gardner tells this story from three different perspectives; our main character D.D. Warren, and two secondary female characters. Danielle was the sole survivor of the massacre of her family when she was nine years old and Victoria is a single mother living with her extremely psychologically disturbed eight year old son. I loved this book and I read it at exactly the right time, as I've recently been reading with interest the news story Read: February 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars (best of 2018) The plot: Gardner tells this story from three different perspectives; our main character D.D. Warren, and two secondary female characters. Danielle was the sole survivor of the massacre of her family when she was nine years old and Victoria is a single mother living with her extremely psychologically disturbed eight year old son. I loved this book and I read it at exactly the right time, as I've recently been reading with interest the news story of a young boy who wouldn't stop screaming during an eight hour flight and was secretly recorded by another passenger on that flight. It prompted a lot of debate online as to what the mother could've/should've done to better control her child, whether the passenger was morally or ethically wrong to film the child, and whether passengers would be willing to pay more to guarantee a child-free flight (children being classified by airlines as those aged twelve and under.) Gardner uses Live to Tell to explore the difficult topic of children who, for a number of reasons, are deemed 'uncontrollable' by mainstream society. Some may have been abused or witnessed trauma and don't know how to process their emotions. Others may have been born to caring and loving parents who want the best for their children but for whatever medical or psychological reason, the child finds it impossible to behave or interact in 'normal' ways with the outside world. The parts of the story where D.D and Danielle meet at the hospital ward and discuss the various children and their coping mechanisms while under the care of the ward were some of the most interesting parts for me. The overarching murder mystery was also gripping and I was surprised by the way the three narratives ended up fitting together to reveal the killer. I really enjoyed this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Another easy 4-star book that turns into a 3 at the very end. Seriously, I could have done with a better explanation. Meh. Also, 4 books in I am still not D.D.'s biggest fan. Just for once I'd wish Lisa Gardner would allow her main character to solve the crime instead of the crime just sort of resolving itself towards the end when everything comes to a close. That would be a good thing. Because so far all we know about D.D. is how blonde and sexy she is and how much she likes to eat and needs to Another easy 4-star book that turns into a 3 at the very end. Seriously, I could have done with a better explanation. Meh. Also, 4 books in I am still not D.D.'s biggest fan. Just for once I'd wish Lisa Gardner would allow her main character to solve the crime instead of the crime just sort of resolving itself towards the end when everything comes to a close. That would be a good thing. Because so far all we know about D.D. is how blonde and sexy she is and how much she likes to eat and needs to get laid. Which, okay. I'm perfectly okay with that, but you can't make her the main character in an entire series and never divulge anything else. Aside from that, I just enjoy Gardner's writing a lot. This was fast-paced as usual, and I just wanted to read the end just to see what it was all about. This book is a little darker than the previous ones, in my opinion, if only because of its subject matter. Victoria's story is heartbreaking in its own way, as are all the other kids' stories at the psych ward. This probably needs a trigger warning for...well, any number of things. Definitely taking a break from the series now, though.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Detective D.D. Warren is back and knee deep in murders involving entire famiies. Also, mentally ill children who have various issues, but some are psychotic in nature. The murders are horrific and there are multiple suspects. The investigation is tense and disturbing. I like D.D. Warren as a character. She's strong, intelligent, and determined. The books have been interesting and well written. They always keep my attention. Hope I get the chance to read the next in the series soon. Detective D.D. Warren is back and knee deep in murders involving entire famiies. Also, mentally ill children who have various issues, but some are psychotic in nature. The murders are horrific and there are multiple suspects. The investigation is tense and disturbing. I like D.D. Warren as a character. She's strong, intelligent, and determined. The books have been interesting and well written. They always keep my attention. Hope I get the chance to read the next in the series soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Lisa Gardner's books never fail to provide a great mystery. This one isn't one of her best, but she's beginning to find a groove with D.D. and the rest of the gang. Lisa Gardner's books never fail to provide a great mystery. This one isn't one of her best, but she's beginning to find a groove with D.D. and the rest of the gang.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    I really like this series. I started with book 3 which was awesome. This book even more so. I found myself hooked and desperately trying to put the pieces together. Though I guessed the killer, I couldn't completely say yes that was the killer because I couldn't guess motive. When I found out, it made sense. This book kept me on my toes. Outstanding series so far. I'm moving onto the next. Kudos to the narrators. They did a really fantastic job. I really like this series. I started with book 3 which was awesome. This book even more so. I found myself hooked and desperately trying to put the pieces together. Though I guessed the killer, I couldn't completely say yes that was the killer because I couldn't guess motive. When I found out, it made sense. This book kept me on my toes. Outstanding series so far. I'm moving onto the next. Kudos to the narrators. They did a really fantastic job.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brandie

    Live To Tell is a book I could NOT put down. Hook, line and sinker from the moment I read the prologue - I needed to keep reading. This is a book with several twists and turns. Just when you think you know who did it, another twist. Another clue pops up that makes you rethink, wonder, and try to figure out who really did it! Gardner is a talented author who clearly knows her audience. She keeps your hooked, she adds twists, the characters draw you in and you want to see what happens. Detective D.D Live To Tell is a book I could NOT put down. Hook, line and sinker from the moment I read the prologue - I needed to keep reading. This is a book with several twists and turns. Just when you think you know who did it, another twist. Another clue pops up that makes you rethink, wonder, and try to figure out who really did it! Gardner is a talented author who clearly knows her audience. She keeps your hooked, she adds twists, the characters draw you in and you want to see what happens. Detective D.D. Warren is a dedicated Boston detective and has been for 12 years. She works hard. Does her job well. And is the kind of woman who you know, in the end, will always get her man so to speak. However, for all her success in her career, her personal life is lacking. This is starting to bug her - and in fact the book opens with her finally on a date, only to get interrupted to report to a crime scene. At first glance, it looks as if a father has decided to murder his entire family and then commits suicide himself. However, a few days later an eerily similar crime takes place and what once looked like an open and shut case is no longer. Danielle is a pediatric psych nurse. As a child, she was the lone survivor of her father's killing spree - in which the rest of her family is murdered, he commits suicide and she is sparred. She struggles with why he left her, and yet at the same time, doesn't really face what happened that night. As the anniversary of her family's deaths approaches and the crimes mentioned above center around where she works - it is becoming increasingly harder for her to try avoid facing the past. Victoria is the mother of 2 children. Her oldest son Evan, who is 8 years old, suffers from some very severe mental illness. He goes from being a very sweet a loving child who enjoys watching the History channel to a very violent child - and tells his mom multiple times he wants to kill her.Victoria's husband has left (with their younger daughter) because he doesn't feel they are safe in the house with Evan. Victoria is a mom who is just trying to do the best for her son that she can. She clearly feels his issues must be because of something she did and it's almost like self-punishment for her to try to deal with him alone. She doesn't get much sleep - Evan doesn't sleep much. She has to lock up knives and other items that Evan could use to hurt her or himself. As these key player's lives become intertwined and meshed together, it's hard to put the book down. My heart broke for all the suffering that takes place in the book. I won't lie - this book is not all sunshine and roses. It's most storms and thorns. And yet, it's hard to walk away, it's hard to stop reading. The characters become friends. I felt concern for them and needed to see how it all ends. I highly recommend this book. I will definitely be looking for more D.D. Warren books and reading Gardner in the future.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Breck

    While I did start to like D.D. Warren in the last book, this is the first one where I didn't feel she jumped to the wrong conclusion right off the bat and refused to budge from it. This book actually shows her taking in new facts and evidence and letting that shape her suspect list. Basically, it showed her being a good detective. I liked the small bits we got about her personal life, but also like that it didn't take too much away from the actual story. Speaking of, I had one person in mind for While I did start to like D.D. Warren in the last book, this is the first one where I didn't feel she jumped to the wrong conclusion right off the bat and refused to budge from it. This book actually shows her taking in new facts and evidence and letting that shape her suspect list. Basically, it showed her being a good detective. I liked the small bits we got about her personal life, but also like that it didn't take too much away from the actual story. Speaking of, I had one person in mind for the killer right off the bat. I was, of course wrong. However, I did spot the killer shortly after they were introduced. While this would normally annoy me, the story itself and the reveal of why the killer was doing it made up for it. There were some hints of supernatural/faith elements involved, but nothing heavy handed or set it stone. It was presented as 'this could be an explanation, or it might not be'. At the end of the day, this makes me eager to read the next in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This is the 4th novel in Lisa Gardner's D.D. Warren series and focuses on family murders and psychologically disturbed children. Danielle Burton, the central character, is a survivor of a family murder where her mother, brother and sister were murdered by her father before he shot himself. Danielle suffers from survivor guilt and 25y on now works as a pediatric psychiatry nurse in a special ward for disturbed children. When D.D. Warren, investigating the recent murders of two unrelated families, This is the 4th novel in Lisa Gardner's D.D. Warren series and focuses on family murders and psychologically disturbed children. Danielle Burton, the central character, is a survivor of a family murder where her mother, brother and sister were murdered by her father before he shot himself. Danielle suffers from survivor guilt and 25y on now works as a pediatric psychiatry nurse in a special ward for disturbed children. When D.D. Warren, investigating the recent murders of two unrelated families, discovers that each had a child who was treated in the pyschiatric ward where Danielle now works,Danielle not only comes under suspicion but must also face her own past. A suspenseful story with some shocking insights into the pyschological problems that can be suffered by some children, sometimes as a result of mental illness but often from abuse or neglect.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Boston’s Great Veteran Detective D.D. Warren, has a case in Dorchester, one of Boston's largest working-class neighborhood. The Detective D.D. Warren series Books have great mysteries with light emotional “love” scenes for D.D. to eliminate a book’s criminal/murder plot. Boston’s Great Veteran Detective D.D. Warren, has a case in Dorchester, one of Boston's largest working-class neighborhood. The Detective D.D. Warren series Books have great mysteries with light emotional “love” scenes for D.D. to eliminate a book’s criminal/murder plot.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    The fourth book in the Detective D.D. Warren series. Compelling characters and an intriguing plot. Fast-paced, interesting, and suspenseful.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Loved - my first Lisa Gardner and certainly not my last. This suspenseful thriller deals with some heavy topics; however, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time trying to put all the pieces together. The story flowed nicely, I enjoyed the alternating points of views from the main characters. I was not a huge fan of D.D. Warren, but I'm not sure she's meant to be overly likable. In her line of work I believe you have to be blunt, tough and leave many emotions at the door to get the job done a Loved - my first Lisa Gardner and certainly not my last. This suspenseful thriller deals with some heavy topics; however, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time trying to put all the pieces together. The story flowed nicely, I enjoyed the alternating points of views from the main characters. I was not a huge fan of D.D. Warren, but I'm not sure she's meant to be overly likable. In her line of work I believe you have to be blunt, tough and leave many emotions at the door to get the job done and that's exactly what she did. I'll definitely be reading more in her series and look forward to other Lisa Gardner reads. Highly recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    KATHLEEN

    Lisa Gardner often puts her detectives in the background, but in this installment (DD Warren #4) DD is front and center throughout the book. I have no problem with either method; with the detective in the background, Gardner gets the chance to really get into a protagonist(s) and what makes them tick. In this book DD's personality does not overshadow the two fascinating women who narrate their parts of the book. One is Danielle, the childhood survivor of a murdered family who finds some peace wo Lisa Gardner often puts her detectives in the background, but in this installment (DD Warren #4) DD is front and center throughout the book. I have no problem with either method; with the detective in the background, Gardner gets the chance to really get into a protagonist(s) and what makes them tick. In this book DD's personality does not overshadow the two fascinating women who narrate their parts of the book. One is Danielle, the childhood survivor of a murdered family who finds some peace working as a nurse in a locked-down pediatric psych ward. The other is Victoria, who is taking care of her gifted but mentally ill young son at home. Things begin to fall apart when two different families are destroyed by apparent murder/suicides. But DD has her doubts, especially when she discovers that both families had links to the mental ward where Danielle works. And then a child is found dead in the hospital itself. I almost didn't need the murders to make this book interesting. The hell that is childhood mental illness was enough for that. If even half of what Gardner writes on the subject is true, I can't imagine what it would be like to have a child so burdened. Most of us know a child on the autism spectrum or an anxiety sufferer, but it is hard to believe an eight-year old might causelessly be filled with rage and violence. Thankfully Gardner leaves us with a bit of hope at the end. And of course, DD always gets her...person.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    Gosh, I LOVED loved this audiobook LIVE TO TELL by the best crime thriller writer, Lisa Garnder and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Ann Marie Lee (love Ann Marie). I love DD Warren (#4) and have read all the newer books in the series, but not the older books. My mission is to listen/read all the older books in the series between reading ARCs and new releases. Audiobooks are an excellent way to do this! If you are an audiobook fan, this one is TOPS. Unputdownable. There are many red herrings and e Gosh, I LOVED loved this audiobook LIVE TO TELL by the best crime thriller writer, Lisa Garnder and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Ann Marie Lee (love Ann Marie). I love DD Warren (#4) and have read all the newer books in the series, but not the older books. My mission is to listen/read all the older books in the series between reading ARCs and new releases. Audiobooks are an excellent way to do this! If you are an audiobook fan, this one is TOPS. Unputdownable. There are many red herrings and everyone is a suspect. Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors. She combines superb writing, kickass characters, non-stop action, and humor. I have always wondered how DD and Alex met and got together. Well, this is the book that satisfied my curiosity. It is here my book friends. A MUST READ!!!! Now on to the next Lisa Garder DD Warren series. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. 😎

  27. 5 out of 5

    ireadrosies

    Three women. They don’t know each other, yet. One is a dedicated pediatric psych nurse, dreading the 25th anniversary of the day that made her a lone survivor. The second is an exhausted single mother, coping with the full-time care of her mentally ill 8-year-old son. The third is a tough cop, married to her job in Boston’s homicide unit. Five days in August bring these women together. Their connection: murder. From the red and black cover all the way to the final plot twist, Live to Tell is a gr Three women. They don’t know each other, yet. One is a dedicated pediatric psych nurse, dreading the 25th anniversary of the day that made her a lone survivor. The second is an exhausted single mother, coping with the full-time care of her mentally ill 8-year-old son. The third is a tough cop, married to her job in Boston’s homicide unit. Five days in August bring these women together. Their connection: murder. From the red and black cover all the way to the final plot twist, Live to Tell is a gripping, hard-edged suspense. Although it’s the 4th book in the Detective D.D. Warren series, it can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone. The prologue immediately establishes a menacing atmosphere as RN Danielle Burton shares her first-person account of what happened 25 years ago when her father murdered her whole family, all-the-while calling out to 9-year-old Danielle in an eerie sing-song before turning the gun on himself. As the anniversary of that terrible day approaches, Danielle tries to stay busy, putting in longer and longer hours at work. But without sleep, and with her father’s voice chanting in her head from beyond the grave, she’s almost at the breaking point. The narration shifts to Victoria Oliver, a woman in a daily struggle to survive the violence and verbal abuse in her key-in, key-out home. Victoria’s first-person narration creates a strong connection with the reader who feels her panic as she stays up all night, trying to keep track of all the knives in the house in an effort to stay one step ahead of someone who has vowed to kill her, someone she desperately loves. The roller-coaster narration between characters continues when 38-year-old Detective D.D. Warren picks up the story. Her account is told in the third-person limited style, creating a little more distance between the law enforcement professional and the reader. She may be a beautiful woman who likes good food and intelligent men who make her laugh, but she’s a cop first; she thrives on stress and she’s great at her job. The action begins early when Detective Warren’s pager interrupts a long-awaited dinner date. A family has been murdered. Attractive colleague Alex Wilson thinks it’s the work of a family annihilator. Father loses job; decides his whole family is better off dead; kills everyone; and then turns the gun on himself. But neighbors have only good things to say about Patrick Harrington. It’s the Harrington’s youngest child, 9 year-old Ozzie, who made neighbors shiver. Clues lead in several directions; one of the first is the Pediatric Evaluation Clinic of Boston, the psychiatric hospital where Ozzie was once a patient and where Danielle Burton currently works as a nurse. As a setting, the PECB creates a heightened sense of danger. The young patients undergoing residential treatment there suffer from severe mental illness that often manifests in self-mutilation and acts of violence. Many survived unimaginable trauma before arriving at the acute care facility. And, despite the best care from dedicated professionals who rely on progressive techniques, each day at the PECB teeters on chaos. Pacing increases and tension grows as the calendar counts down to the anniversary of the murder of Danielle’s family. With chapters grouped by day-of-the-week, all of the action takes place in just 5 days, the body count steadily rising along with the list of possible suspects. Who did it is almost impossible to guess until the very end of the book and the question of why remains a mystery until the epilogue finally wraps up the loose ends. With a narrow time frame, menacing atmosphere, damaged characters, violent action, and roller-coaster narration, Live to Tell is a fast-paced, heart-pounding suspense, a perfect example of the genre.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Larry Bassett

    Meet our heroine Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren of the Boston Police Department: She was not getting married. She was not having children. She was not going to have sex in her office. So she might as well read the fucking case reports, because this was her life. This was what she had left. Five dead in Dorchester and no one alive to tell the tale. While this is not the last book in the Detective D.D. Warren Series (http://www.goodreads.com/series/41697...), I anticipate that it will be the last Meet our heroine Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren of the Boston Police Department: She was not getting married. She was not having children. She was not going to have sex in her office. So she might as well read the fucking case reports, because this was her life. This was what she had left. Five dead in Dorchester and no one alive to tell the tale. While this is not the last book in the Detective D.D. Warren Series (http://www.goodreads.com/series/41697...), I anticipate that it will be the last book in the series that I will read. About a year ago I bought the first four books from www.alibris.com . This is the fourth book and I think I have had enough Lisa Gardner for quite some time considering the many books I have on my TBR shelf that are calling to me! On the back cover these are some of the catch phrases for Gardner books: taut as a piano wire . . . roller-coaster ride . . . gets the heart racing . . . stunning . . . chilling . . . will leave you shaken . . . nail-biting . . . thrilling climax . . . wickedly riveting. So what more is there to say? Go to the GR Live to Tell page and you will find “Lisa Gardner Interviews Detective D.D. Warren.” If you have a sense of humor and have read a couple of books featuring D.D. Warren, you will enjoy it. The next trip to the grocery store I will be able to walk right by the book rack with all the paperbacks screaming, “Buy me! Buy me!” See ya ‘round, Lisa. Live to Tell is a story about a woman who works in a locked children’s psychiatric ward. Two things about her: First, her family of five was killed by her father about 25 years ago; she was the sole survivor. Second, she was recently one of the care providers on the ward for a nine year boy who was released against medical advice and may have killed his family of five. The police talk with her as a part of their investigation of that event. So this is a story of, as the police call it, family annihilation. Did I mention the dead family of six? If this sounds improbable, your see the mark of Lisa Gardner: unbelievability – too unrealistic or improbable to be believed. This is indeed a Gardner specialty as the last three books I have read by her proves conclusively. This book does put together the improbable with the very improbable including a detour on “the mumbo-jumbo superhighway” with Andrew the local shaman. And yet as I was reading it I really wanted to hold out some hope for the mumbo-jumbo. At the end of the story, author Lisa Gardner viewed what she by then called “the celestial superhighway” with a bit more of an open mind. This is not a book that will help you resolve major philosophical or psychological issues. You will learn some things about mental illness in children and even some things about spiritual healing. The story is a complex spider web that did keep me reading, holding my attention throughout. It had some thrill and suspense but the improbability helped me keep my nerves under control. I thought it was more entertaining than scary. The entertainment value was worth four stars. The D.D. Warren series continues to the present day, something I might remember should I live long enough to get to the bottom of my TBR pile.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    SUMMARY When Danielle was nine years old her father murdered her mother and Danielle's little sister and brother as Danielle was cowering in her bed. As he was crooning the words Oh Danny girl, pretty pretty Danny girl, he turns the gun on himself. Twenty-five years later, Danielle is working as a nurse in a children's psych ward of a acute care facility in Boston Massachusetts. She still is struggling with her family's death and her survival. As the anniversary of their death approaches, two oth SUMMARY When Danielle was nine years old her father murdered her mother and Danielle's little sister and brother as Danielle was cowering in her bed. As he was crooning the words Oh Danny girl, pretty pretty Danny girl, he turns the gun on himself. Twenty-five years later, Danielle is working as a nurse in a children's psych ward of a acute care facility in Boston Massachusetts. She still is struggling with her family's death and her survival. As the anniversary of their death approaches, two other families from two different Boston neighborhoods are murdered. There were no survivors. Detective D.D. Warren thinks these murders might be connected. The connection may just be the pediatric acute care facility that Danielle works at. When D.D. learns of Danielle's family history, she thinks Danielle may knows something or may be involved. D.D. has to figure this out before another family is murdered. The book is full of strong female characters. In addition to Danielle and D.D. there's also Victoria. Victoria has given up everything she holds dear in order to keep her mentally challenged son at home. But she is paying a huge price for this decision. And it's never easy. REVIEW Families are being murdered. Is there a connection? What's the common denominator? The mystery begins. This was my first read of Lisa Gardner's D. D. Warren series, although I've read many of her other books. Gardner is a great writer. Her thrillers typically involve acts of desperation that leave you breathless. This book is no different. From the book's first page you are faced with a savage and horrifying family murder. As the book progresses the mystery, intrigue and suspense grows, as do the murders. The storyline seems to go off in many different directions and I wondered how Gardner could possibly bring the story in for a landing. But she does. And she does so masterfully. Gardner introduces numerous characters in LIVE TO TELL: the families, the children, the hospital staff, and the police detectives. But despite the large cast of characters it is easy to keep track of who is who, thanks to very good character development. LEFT TO TELL is a gripping thriller, involving the heartbreaking world of mentally challenged children. This to adds to intense feelings the book arouses.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    I literally stayed up all night to finish this book. Luckily, I had the next day off to sleep in. Lisa Gardner penned an original thriller with this 4th D.D. Warren book. The subject matter of mentally challenged children, who act out violently piqued my interest and it was delivered in a pretty well written mystery story. For one, as a reader I appreciated that we weren’t reading it from the bad guy’s perspective. This story was told mainly by two female protagonists; Danielle Burton, who lived I literally stayed up all night to finish this book. Luckily, I had the next day off to sleep in. Lisa Gardner penned an original thriller with this 4th D.D. Warren book. The subject matter of mentally challenged children, who act out violently piqued my interest and it was delivered in a pretty well written mystery story. For one, as a reader I appreciated that we weren’t reading it from the bad guy’s perspective. This story was told mainly by two female protagonists; Danielle Burton, who lived through a nightmare 25 years ago when her father killed her entire family, and letting her live (which, until now, causes her much pain and trauma); and then there's Victoria Oliver, protective mother of a violent eight-year old boy, Evan. They both have interesting things to say - and I took note. The scenes at the Pediatric Acute ward, where Danielle works as a psychiatric nurse, felt very realistic and everything I learned regarding the matter of child assessment was very educational. The rationale behind their approach made sense. I admire the dedication of the people who work with these damaged kids. To round it up, I really liked Boston police detective D.D. Warren in this one. She’s a smart cookie. It’s been too long since I read a book where she’s the main detective – I have been reading the Tessa Leone books these past years and D.D. only features sporadically in those. The only minus point is the killer, as the story unfolds, I couldn’t get behind his motivation to be a family annihilator – he was simply crazy as a loon - and not much more was said. This book has flaws, for sure - but I liked all these women - they had issues, for sure, but their personalities are rightfully likable.

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