Live to Tell (Detective D. D. Warren Series #4)

Live to Tell (Detective D. D. Warren Series #4)

by Lisa Gardner

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Overview

“A suspenseful roller-coaster ride.”—Karin Slaughter • “Lisa Gardner always delivers heart-stopping suspense.”—Harlan Coben

He knows everything about you—including 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 father—and possible suspect—now 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. 

The lives of these three women unfold and connect in unexpected ways, as sins from the past emerge—and stunning secrets reveal just how tightly blood ties can bind. Sometimes the most devastating crimes are the ones closest to home.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525486473
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Detective D. D. Warren Series , #4
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 44,965
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Love You More, Live to Tell, Hide, Alone, and The Neighbor, winner of the International Thriller Writers’ Award. 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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Live to Tell" is Lisa Gardner's latest installment in the Detective D.D. Warren series that takes place in Boston. Never having read any of the other books in the series, I wondered if I could pick up the back story of D.D. Warren and understand her character - not to worry, the author does a great job of providing a history without it taking pages of details. This was a great story! It is the perfect summer read with an interesting mystery, good characters that all tie together without stretching the imagination and a very interesting topic - psychologically damaged children. This isn't a story about kids damaged because of what was done to them by uncaring adults but kids born with psychological issues - the kids can't sit still, don't react to authority, destructive behavior - and all reared by loving, caring, involved parents. From the first chapter, the story gripped me and it continued through the end of the book. Gardner does a great job of bringing in different characters, tying them togher yet making you care about each of them. One of my biggest pet peeves is when an author spends the last chapter with the main characters explaining the story. That is not the case here - you are watching the story unfold as you read it and that is just one of the many good things about "Live to Tell." I found myself thinking of the parents in the story as real people and wondering if I know people who are going through this with their kids! I highly recommend this book. I am going back to look into Gardner's other books and bring myself up to speed on Detective Warren's history.
PattiM46 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Lisa Gardner since she first published and I have to say that this book was by far the best she has written. The plot flowed, it was intense. I started the book on Wednesday and by Friday I was darn near done. If you want a good read this is it however you need to start with the 1st book in the series so you can understand all of the characters and why they are the way they are. And when you get to this book start it on Friday so you have the weekend to read as you wont want to put it down. Cant wait for her next book.
13RM13 More than 1 year ago
This story recounts the experiences of a number of children who were abused by their psychotic or alcoholic parents. This is a gripping, intense and unsettling read of grim humor, distinctive dialogue, meaningful characterizations, and a compelling plot. Danielle was the sole survivor; her father brutally murdered her mother, her sister, her brother, and then took his own life in front of her. She has been in therapy for many years and at thirty-four, fullfills her need to help as a pediatric nurse in an acute care psychiatric ward where children act out in self destructive ways such as injuring themselves, screaming or banging their heads against the walls or floor. Touching and heartfelt! A meaningful read!
CBH More than 1 year ago
Troubled children that are taken to and treated in a pediatric psych ward of a medical facility have reached that location after much anguish and mental and physical abuse of their parents and anyone that has attempted to work with them. The path is long, troubled, and many times caused by former abuse to those children by another person, usually a family member or close friend. It can be various kinds of abuse, not just sexual, but regardless they end up needing long professional treatment. Sometimes that treatment is successful and sometimes not. In some few situations the professional furthers the abuse creating a worse monster out of the child, but in most cases the child is helped with improvement, slight as it may be, occurring over time. Lisa Gardner had to have done much research to take the reader into this world to the point that you can feel the tension, the personal games played, the many ways attempted to help these children even though the professionals themselves are sometimes hurt physically by a child. Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren is a tough cop who has seen all types of crime but even she was awoken when she entered this world of children's mental problems. She was a 12-year member of the Boston Police Department who was a workaholic who seemed to prefer work to a meaningful date, or so it seemed lately. When several families were murdered seemingly by one of their own family members, D. D. got dragged into this world of child psychotic behavior. Many characters were a part of "Live to Tell" from the children themselves to the parents, to the nurses and workers in the psych wards, and of course the police. You will be Victoria, the mother of a broken family that has a problem son; Danielle, a pediatric psych ward nurse who doesn't remember exactly what occurred when her family was killed; Andrew Lightfoot, a believer in spiritual powers and "other" planes of being; and of course the children who could behave one minute and be hollering or attempting to hurt someone the next. There was some love interests in the book, most of which couldn't get off the ground because of the severe cases all of which they were a part. D. D. was working with Alex who was on temporary assignment with her and they did have interest in each other when time allowed. The depth that Lisa Gardner obtained in the entire book creates an inner feeling as one reads. How can families get in this situation with a child that can go so wrong and create such havoc to so many people? The work that the professionals perform in such hospitals, or sections of regular hospitals is so unnerving to their lives that they have to have burnout more often than other professions. I will not go into more about the book other than to tell you that this is a must read of one of Lisa Gardner's books. I have enjoyed her other books but this one took me to places I have not even imagined in my long life.
SHASTALOVE More than 1 year ago
"Live to tell" is an intense psychological thriller. For instance, Victoria is the single parent of an eight-year old with unpredictable mood swings. He hugs his mom with love one minute and shortly after, threatens to stab her with a knife. The boo focuses on psychotic children, their treatment, caregivers and their impact on others, mostly family members. D.D. Warren is the detective assigned to a case of a murdered family in Boston. Danielle is a psychological mess after surviving while her mother and two siblings were murdered by her father who then killed himself. Horrifying, but you won't be able to put the book down!!
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Sergeant DD Warren has had some really bad cases before but she may have just been given the worst of her life. What looks like a whole family annihilation has just been doubled and now it looks as though it just might have been staged, but for who and why. Well DD will soon be looking for all the answers and isn't she lucky that a retired cop turned professor is tagging along with her team to keep his feet in field work and just maybe lend a helping hand. Lisa Gardner is one serious lady when it comes to crime dramas. She will wow her audience with her latest chilling thrilling tale of madness, mayhem and murder and she takes us deep into forbidden territories of the psyches of mentally ill children, their families and their caretakers, yet she does it with so much care and compassion that her audience will yet again celebrate her victory over some of the baddest dudes on the planet. Her quick paced dialogue is filled with tough cop speak and no nonsense narrative as she takes us on some of the most chilling and horrifying detective work ever to come out of someone's imagination and yet during it all we get introspection into the characters by reading their thoughts, their hopes and their fears. Now let's talk about her characters, they all really steal the show as they either inch their way into our hearts or our nightmares and not only her protagonist DD but her team of cops, the children, the care givers to the frazzled parents we get a realistic glimpse of a world most of us will never see or imagine as someone's everyday life and then we get to see the malevolence of her villain as we try with usually no success to pick him/her out of the line up. As with all Ms. Gardner's novels there is a love story of sorts, but this is definitely not a romance. So if you're up for being scared out of your mind, who else would you turn to but Lisa Gardner, if you want to read the results of a world class storyteller, that's right Lisa's your girl, if you want to kick some butt and take names go no farther that Live to Tell, your next must read, believe me you wont be sorry. Kudos to you Ms. Gardner.
gtutty1 More than 1 year ago
It seems that every summer I am looking for something good to read at Cape Cod and Lisa Gardner always comes to the rescue. This was my first summer with my Nook and she was just as good electronically. She lets a few of the characters speak for themselves which adds a special flavor to the book. She has you guessing right 'til the end as to the murderer. Much of the plot deals with disturbed children struggling with various mental issues. Gardner handles them with the expertise of someone who has done her homework. A great summer read--a great fall, winter and spring read, also. And those who have been afraid to give up their books for a Nook--it is okay. It is the future and the future is here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Live to Tell was a good read with plenty of twists to keep you interested. Nice writing on such an unusual topic!
BigTexasAJ More than 1 year ago
I always start my reviews off by saying how much I simply LOVE Lisa Gardner's books!! BUT... this one didn't do it for me. It was very interesting and suspenseful but the storyline just when in a direction that I didn't care for. It was part disturbing and part unrealistic. I know none of these books are "real" but I at least want to feel like they are as I'm reading them. I still enjoyed it and finished it but it wasn't what I was expecting. On to the next book!
Jennie MacKenzie More than 1 year ago
Surpise! Ive read most of her books and they are awsome this ine sucks ANNA
RAG69 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I have been fan of Lisa Gardner for many years and have read all of her books! I've gotten my 3 oldest children reading them as well. I can't get enough! When I start reading any of her books I have to read it almost nonstop because I literally can't put it down! Live to Tell was one of her best! Must read. But she hasn't come out with another one yet so I really need another good author's books to read. I love Lisa Gardner mysteries so does anyone have any suggestions?
Kayceedee More than 1 year ago
Typically love Lisa Gardner, but halfway through, I gave up...and I NEVER do that. The subject matter was too disturbing and I couldn't get past the details.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Twists+everywhere++
janismack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting story about a mass murderer who has a link to a children's psych ward. I had a hard time undrstanding children and mental illness but this book opens your eyes to the atrocities subjected to childen. Some are just born damaged and its nobody's fault.
jdy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Lisa Gardner book that does not dissappoint! I always think I have things figured out throughout the book, and then at the end I'm always surprised at how it turns out. A true sign of a great mystery book. I loved all of the references to the inner workings of some of the character's pasts as well as all the research that went into different mental illnesses in children. Truly facinating, and, as always, cannot wait for another one of her books. They are absolutly my favorite! Bravo!
MikeD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first Lisa Gardner novel and I wasn't disappointed! Not your typical detective novel, as it follows not only Detective Warren's investigation into the murder of two families... but also the story of two other characters (suspects?) lives. The reader follows not one, but 3 well developed characters and three stories in one. Each a lead character in her own right. I found it hard to put the book down and became very sympathetic to each of them, even with the thought one of two 'sub-characters' could be a brutal murderer of entire families.It's not just a detective story, but an insight into families coping with troubled children. A good read and plenty of twists all the way to the end of the book.
ATechwreck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another can't-put-down thriller from Lisa Gardner. The story is told from the perspectives of 3 women , Detective D.D. Warren, Danielle - the lone survivor of a long ago family annihilation, and Victoria - mother of a dangerously disturbed boy. When D.D is called in to investigate an apparent family murder/ suicide, the facts just don't add up to D.D. Further investigation takes her to a hospital for disturbed children, where she meets Nurse Danielle who is coping with the anniversary of her own family's destruction.Fast paced and thrilling, this book will have you thinking about the troubles of damaged children and how society can best treat/cope with them.
bookymouse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just when you think you have things figured out another twist leaves you spinning. I was hooked by the end of the prologue. I absolutely could not put this book down. From childhood traumas, the pains of motherhood and the shadowy depths of the mentally ill mind Lisa Gardner has woven a thrilling story with memorable characters.
aztwinmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a "can't put it down" kind of mystery. The dark subject of mentally ill children was presented in a balanced, caring way. The why of the mystery was the fascinating part and kept me reading every moment I could. This is the first D.D. Warren novel I have read, but it won't be the last!
Kace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Recieved this as an first reads from librarything. I've read a lot of Lisa Gardner, and I enjoy her as a general rule. To date, for me, I believe this to be her grittiest material yet. The story centers around "broken children". Sociapathic, psychotic children who need to be institutionalized. Generally as a result of torment, neglect, and abuse in their life, these children become, in some cases, feral. This for me was definitely difficult to read, but that's a good thing in a book. Where the subject matter is so horrifying, and so in the mix, the reader feels the story. I would have to walk away and come back to the book when the images had faded.I don't necessarily think the story followed D.D. I think D.D. was a side character to the plot. You'd have to read previous books to really get a feel for who the detective is.I did guess about 1/2 way through where the story was headed, but that didn't make the book any less frightening and suspenseful, so thats saying something.
joemmama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Live to Tell was a slam bang mystery, with disturbing overtones. Crimes are being perpetrated, but are made to appear to be the work of "family annihilators" men who murder their families, and commit suicide, for whatever reasons. Detective D.D. Warren is not convinced, and investigates further, finding a disturbing coincidence, each family has a seriously disturbed child. The trail leads to a pediatric psych unit and the committed nurse who has secrets of her own. This is the first book in this series that I have read, and I will definitely look further for the others. I recommend this to any mystery lover who likes that extra little twist.
PamelaFarley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! A wonderfully crafted thriller. A nine-year old girl is the lone survivor when her family is murdered. Fast forward 25 years. Through the eyes of three women (a detective, pediatric psych nurse, and an overwhelmed mother), we find ourselves caught up in 12 murders that occur over a period of only five days. The characters are so real that it is impossible not to get sucked in, to become so immersed in the tale that you unconsciously hold your breath or squirm in your seat. The author has provided a wide selection of plausible suspects - a nurse, the "gym coach" and a spiritual healer, to name just a few. There are ample twists, turns and red herrings to keep you wanting more from the first sentence to the last. "Live to Tell" is a true page turner - it is a book that you feel compelled to read in one sitting, a book that you can't put down until it's finished.
julierenee13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book as an Early Reviewer. I was very excited, having never read Lisa Gardner or her D.D. Warren series. Now I wish I had started with #1 in the series. This is a great book that I found myself glued to. I read it everywhere (sitting in the car, the hairdresser's chair, etc.). I thought the book was going one way, and then bam, it went somewhere else. Very good book.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great mystery/thriller from Lisa Gardner!! This one set in a pediatric psych unit as the main pool of suspects for a string family murders. So many great suspects I changed my mind continual between three different ones unable to settle on a favorite bad guy/girl. I like the addiiton of D.D.'s new love interest, he seems like a keeper!
Tmtrvlr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was not familiar with Lisa Gardner¿s Detective D.D. Warren books, but I enjoyed Live to Tell very much. It has an interesting and heartbreaking storyline of mentally ill children. I read in Lisa¿s biography on Amazon that she is a self-described research junkie, and that level of research shows in this novel with the details involved with the psychiatric care of children.Ms. Gardner¿s characters are compelling. The story involves Victoria, the devoted and protective mother, D.D. the workaholic detective watching her live go by too quickly, and Danielle, a Psych nurse with her own horrifying past. The story has tense action and held my attention.