Live to Tell

Live to Tell

by Wendy Corsi Staub

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Secrets can scandalize . . .

In a lovely suburban town just north of New York City, the gossip mill runs more efficiently than the commuter-train line. And in every impeccably decorated house, they're talking about Lauren Walsh. They say that nothing could be worse than being abandoned by your husband for another woman. They're wrong . . .

Secrets can shock . . .

All Lauren wants is to protect her children from the pain of her messy divorce. But when their father goes missing, a case of mistaken identity puts all their lives in danger, and a stealthy predator lurks in the shadows, watching . . . waiting . . .

Secrets can kill . . .

Lauren is about to uncover an unfathomable truth—a truth this cold-blooded mastermind would never let her live to tell . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062100955
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 142,033
File size: 739 KB

About the Author

USA Today and New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels and has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.

What People are Saying About This

Lisa Jackson

From the first thrilling chase scene, to the final page, Wendy Corsi Staub’s Live To Tell is an incredible, fast-paced story of political intrigue, family crises and nail-biting suspense. I couldn’t put it down.

Beverly Barton

Live to Tell is Wendy Corsi Staub at her best. A superbly crafted plot and characters who immediately draw you into the story makes this subtle yet terrifying thriller a must read.

Brenda Novak

“Clever, well-written and riveting. Wendy Corsi Staub is a master storyteller!”

Lee Child

“Solid gold suspense ... this one is a wild ride.”

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Live to Tell 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 367 reviews.
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
Read it in one night and it was hard to put down! Great characters and great plot.
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
As usual - Wendy is a great writer. Couldn't put this book down! A little different is the way Wendy jumped back and forth between characters. However, I liked it well enough to buy Scared to Death - the sequel. I have read Wendy for many years and have enjoyed her thoroughly. One of my favorite writers!!!! Highly recommend this book -
asnow4sure More than 1 year ago
This was well worth the price!!! Had to hang in there in the beginning because it bounced around a little to different characters until it had everyone tied in. Once the groundwork was layed....WOW!!!
FairyB More than 1 year ago
Great Read. I love they way it skips around to all the characters and then brings them all together in the end. A little tough to keep up at first but that's what makes is so great.
NookaholicAC More than 1 year ago
Great story. Believable plot and characters. A few subplots which tied together in the end. I did not guess the who dunnit or the why. Although this book had an ending, it left one character for the sequal to be focused on. I only paid 1.99 for this e-book which was worth it, however I do not know if I want to pay 7.99 for the follow up.Maybe Harriet will tell me all about the sequal so I don't need to spend the money for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me entertained all the way to the end! I took a chance on an unknown (to me) author, and I was NOT disappointed! I am now onto finding the next book in this series. What an ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Kept me guessing until the end. Couldn't put it own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Family, excitement, jealousy, love, fear, and suspense, LIVE TO TELL, by Wendy Corsi Staub, has it all! This is the first Wendy Corsi Staub novel I have read, and without question, I am impressed. I will most definitely follow this author. I cannot wait for the sequel! You would think that raising three children, in suburbia, would be relatively predictable. Not if you are Lauren Walsh and your husband, who is apparently having a midlife crisis, with an older woman none-the-less, somehow manages to bring home the wrong stuffed animal from lost and found and connects your family to political secrecy, crime, and murder. This well written story keeps you guessing throughout the book, and guessing wrong at that. I love a suspense novel that I am unable to predict, and LIVE TO TELL, was that for me. If you are looking for a page-turner, take a look at this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was predictable. I have read her other books and they were great. This book was reptitious. I would not waste my time reading it.
Kelly Giordano More than 1 year ago
A word of caution...some reviews of this book tell you what happen at the end. I am finding this with a lot of reviews and it is driving me crazy! I read the reviews to see if it is worth buying the book and end up finding out the ending. I am giving the book 5 stars only because I don't want to ruin the ratings. Don't know if I will bother to read it now since I know the entire story line. Kind of kills the suspense! Reviewers....please don't give away the endings!
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the end, I really enjoyed Live to Tell, but I had some issues with it that made me doubt that was how it would be in the end.I really liked the complexity of the story. There were a lot of different storylines, and they did indeed tie together in the end, although I wasn't always sure that would happen. It was fun to see the characters struggling with their piece of the puzzle, whether or not they knew that there was a puzzle at hand.The down side of this was with so much going on, most of the characters didn't get a lot of character development. There were a lot of characters, and many of them were quite interesting. You'd never know when a seemingly throwaway character would pop up again.Several characters did get deeper coverage. Of these, I really enjoyed Lauren Walsh. Her attempts (not always successful) to pull together her life so she could be a better parent to her kids rang true to me, and created an interesting backdrop to the drama she happened into.Nick, her ex-husband, wasn't quite as interesting to me, but I did appreciate seeing his view of the events in his life. I was amused as he made the connection between his actions and those that his mother had taken many years ago, but he never generalized the effects her actions had on him to those that his actions had on his children. On the other hand, I had some issues with the portrayal of 4 year old Sadie. Obviously, to describe events from the viewpoint of a 4 year old, they'll have to be very, very verbal. Her thinking was just a little too sophisticated, even if some of that was the book putting words to ideas that were much fuzzier in her head.I also had problems with the Bad Guy. Congressman Garvey Quinn is a very bad guy, and even if I'm not a fan of politicians, particularly hypocritical conservative ones, I had trouble with the depth of this man's evil. But it did make for an interesting plot!
callmejacx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced book that was difficult to put down. I wondered how it would all come together in the end. It summed it up very well.
CMash on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
03/15/10Live To Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub (Rating 4) How does one pink stuffed dog called Fred, and owned by four (4) year old Sadie Walsh, entwine three (3) families that are relatively unknown to each other? What is it about Sadie's favorite toy that leads to multiple murders, both young and older? Byron Gregson, investigative reporter, is being chased through the streets of New York. Byron knows what they want and it is a USB. A USB with information, which he has uncovered and is so damaging, that his life may be at stake . He knows that what he has uncovered could ruin the life of a privileged political hopeful Garvey Quinn, who is on the campaign trail and considered to be the favorite, running for the highest office in New York, to become the next Governor. On a very hot day in August, Lauren Walsh has taken Sadie into New York for the day, while her older two children are away at summer camp. Lauren wonders why she has made this trip. Sadie is not being cooperative and a bit cranky. Lauren would rather be home, hidden from everyone because she knows that she is the topic of those who gossip. Sadie drops her stuffed animal, Fred just a few seconds before Byron is running by. He thinks he may have found a solution to his dilemma and picks up this toy. He hopes that his idea will give him a little more time to write this huge story that is stored on that USB and possibly even protect him from major injury. He runs into Grand Central Station, hides where no one can see him, rips a small seam in the stuffed animal and inserts the USB drive. He then turns the toy over to Lost and Found where he figures he can retrieve it at a later time. What is on that USB that connect these three families? Lauren Walsh, mother of 4 year old Sadie, and two older children, Lucy and Ryan. They were a typical suburban family until Nick Walsh announces that he is leaving. The children are dealing with the process of divorce in their own defense mechanism ways, as is Lauren. She is barely going through the motions of every day life, until the anger sets in. Nick has promised a fishing trip with Ryan as soon as he gets back from his vacation with his girlfriend. But he hasn't called. How could he disappoint the children like this, he used to be a good father? Why isn't he answering their calls? Where is he? Congressman Garvey Quinn is running for Governor. He is the favorite nominee along with his perfect family. Wife Marin, daughters Caroline and Annie. Marin knows that Garvey favors daughter Caroline and she knows why. How can a father not love his daughter? This perfect public family have some very private skeletons, some so deep that one spouse doesn't even know about. So deep that if it ever be found out, it would ruin the bid for Governor. And how are Elsa and Brett Cavalon, a couple who has just moved back to CT, tie into this story? Elsa was once a beautiful fashion model but what she really always wanted was a family. Elsa has never been the same since that day. The day that the little boy they adopted, Jeremy, was taken. What happened to him, who took him? Elsa needs those answers for closure. The author's writing style and description of events grip and pull you in within the first few pages. The story takes place over an approximate time span of two weeks. Each chapter is written with information of each involved family according to the time line, which makes the reader wanting to read just one more chapter until the very end. In this gripping story are sub plot mini mysteries that come together in an explosive ending. This is the first book of a series. If your genre of favorite reads are suspense or you just happen to be in the mood for a good mystery, I suggest you should read this book before Scared To Death is published later this year. I give this book a rating of 4.Review format is per Bestsellersworld Review Policy.
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Lindsie More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Wendy Corsi Staub's books- she is probably my favorite mystery/thriller author. This book hits the mark as well. It brings a lot of suspense to the readers, the characters are easy to like, and the intertwined lives of a few individuals really prompts readers interest. Highly enjoyable, I will continue with her books!
readingnickelodeon More than 1 year ago
Great new author discovered.  Wonderful writer!
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Thanks, all who wrote book reports instead of book reviews. You saved me a lot of need to read it now!
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