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Book Review: Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

Title: Live To Tell
Author: Lisa Gardner
Publisher: Bantam
Published: July 13, 2010
ISBN: 978-0553807240

Summary: "Even for hardened Detective D.D. Warren, the crime scene appeared shocking: a father methodically killing his entire family before mortally wounding himself. When other families meet a similar fate, D.D. must race against the clock to identify a twisted killer, before there's no one left to live to tell."

Wow what a great book!  I absolutely love suspenseful crime dramas and this certainly fits the bill. When I first started doing book reviews back in March, I did it for free books.  I love to read and can finish a novel in a day or two so, books are my most expensive addiction.  This is the first author whose book I have reviewed that I would have bought.  I have most (all but The Neighbor) of Lisa's books and this is my new favorite.

I think one of the things that Lisa does that makes her books really stand out is make completely believable characters and places them in great situations.  This books starts with Detective D.D. Warren out on a not so great date.  But it has been a while since she has gotten any so she is trying to tough out the date so that she can invite him home with her.  But as happens many times for police, D.D. gets called out to work. 

She arrives at the scene of a horrific murder.  It looks like a father killed his wife and kids and then killed himself.  A few days later, D.D. is called to a startlingly similar scene.  In the course of her investigation, D.D. discovers that these families have more than in common than just horrible deaths: they all had a mentally disturbed (read psychotic) child.  I don't want to spoil any surprises so I will just leave it at that.

I think this book is a litte dark and disturbing and some of the scenes are graphic but that is something that I have come to expect from crime fiction.  If you want a believable crime drama than you need believable crime scenes.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great suspense, crime story!!  Rating: Photobucket

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