Powered by Bravenet Bravenet Blog

Sunday, January 30th 2011

4:01 PM

Live to Tell, by Lisa Gardner

Live to Tell

by Lisa Gardner

If you're a Lisa Gardner fan, and I know there are many of you out there, then you're probably familiar with her Detective D.D. Warren series.  Live toTell is the fourth book in that series, and my first Gardner book.  She's now officially on my radar.  I like that she's an author who does her research thoroughly and then sprinkles her newfound expertise liberally throughout the story as a means of validating the premise.  This allowed the story to flow seamlessly and realistically.  I found myself admiring her attention to detail, and wondering just how long it took her to acquire such a vast amount of knowledge and then figure out how best to incorporate it.  I did not, however, wonder why she is a New York Times best selling author; that was obvious. 

Live to Tell is a harrowing tale of mentally and emotionally disturbed children.  Some have been abused, and there is no question as to why they've developed the way they have.  While others come from loving families, with no apparent reason for their mental illness.  The main story revolves around a pediatric psyche ward in Boston, where the workers are underpaid, overworked and very dedicated to the children. There is a parallel story that takes place, also in Boston, involving Victoria Oliver, a fiercely protective mother, who refuses to institutionalize her mentally ill seven-year-old son, Evan, even as he becomes increasingly violent and darkly dangerous.

Detective Warren has her work cut out for her as she and her capable colleagues sift through the rubble of two family massacres, seemingly identical in nature, and try to connect the dots.  When several paths lead to the pediatric psyche center, all eyes inevitably come to rest on Danielle Burton, a nurse at the center who survived her own family massacre twenty years ago.  Danielle is excellent at what she does, but she has a dark history of her own, and it may be catching up with her.  What exactly did happen twenty years ago?  Danielle was there, but does she really remember it?  She was, after all, hiding under the covers when it all went down....or was she? 

Detective Warren has her suspicions, but is equally suspicious of another nurse on the ward.  Gym teacher Greg, as D.D. likes to refer to him (a nod to his physical stature), is a shady character at best.  While he, too, is quite good with the kids, there's something about him that doesn't quite ring true.  Plus, the fact that he's enamored with Danielle, not to mention highly protective of anyone getting too close to her, clearly makes him a person of interest in the case.

There is another connection between the murdered families and the patients on the psyche ward and that is Andrew Lightfoot, an investment banker turned psychic healer, who works with the children to bring them out of the darkness of their souls and into the light.  D.D. is, to say the least, skeptical of Andrew and his "powers."  She knows he's a liar, but is there more to his lies than just insurance fraud?  She also knows he's a bit of a whack job, and her scenes with him are sarcastically humorous, adding a much needed bit of levity.

While Live to Tell is a disturbing book, it is satisfying as well.  Even when you think this one's a wrap, there will be more surprises to come.  So, read on, but be prepared for a sleepness night, as there is much to digest long after Detective D.D. Warren has closed the book on this one.

Bonnie Crisalli

 

25 Comment(s).

Posted by amber park:

Thank you so much for posting this, Great work.It was a well written post with useful and informative links. I will share this with the residents of
Marina One Residences
Treasure At Tampines
Mayfair Collection
Amber Park
Mayfair Garden
Monday, August 19th 2019 @ 12:22 PM

Posted by SG Property:

This is a great article. I will surely share it with the residents of
Treasure At Tampines,
Pullman Residences,
View At Kismis,
Mayfair Modern,
Corals At Keppel Bay,
Kent Ridge Hill Residences,
Sengkang Grand Residences,
Leedon Green.
Monday, August 19th 2019 @ 4:48 AM

Posted by New Condo:

Thanks for the awesome write up! I found the article to be informative. Here are the latest residential developments launching in Singapore 2019. Many more condominiums coming your way. Urban Treasure showflat, Seng Kang Central Residences showflat, The Iviera showflat, The Verdale New Launch, Dairy Farm Residences New Launch, The Midwood New Launch, Brookvale Park New Launch, The Antares showflat, Midtown Bay showflat,One Pearl Bank showflat.
Wednesday, August 7th 2019 @ 11:42 PM

Posted by New Condo:

Thanks for the awesome write up! I found the article to be informative. Here are the latest residential developments launching in Singapore 2019. Many more condominiums coming your way. Urban Treasure showflat, Seng Kang Central Residences showflat, The Iviera showflat, The Verdale New Launch, Dairy Farm Residences New Launch, The Midwood New Launch, Brookvale Park New Launch
Tuesday, August 6th 2019 @ 3:15 AM

Posted by Free Recharge:

Nice Info, Also Read Below.

PubG Lite
Amazon Quiz
Paytm Offers
Phonepe Offers
Thursday, August 1st 2019 @ 3:29 AM

Posted by June 88:

Juniper Hill
Thursday, July 18th 2019 @ 12:13 AM

Posted by Sky Everton:

Interesting New Launch
Meyer Mansion

One Pearl Bank
Sky Everton
Thursday, July 11th 2019 @ 11:35 AM

Posted by One Pearl Bank:

I am sure this is a very good post for the residents of One Pearl Bank. I shall share it with them
Monday, July 8th 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Posted by New Condo:

Posted by New Condo:

Posted by flo:

The Florence Residences is a new launch at Hougang by Logan Singapore Pte Ltd.

Enquire for
The Florence Residences Floor Plan
Monday, July 1st 2019 @ 7:53 AM

Posted by SER:

The Garden Residences
Monday, July 1st 2019 @ 7:50 AM

Posted by Pier:

Piermont Grand

See Video:
Piermont Grand Video
Monday, July 1st 2019 @ 7:47 AM

Posted by TGR:

The Garden Residences

See Video:
The Garden Residences Video
Monday, July 1st 2019 @ 7:42 AM

Posted by florencedelores:

Posted by singasong:

Piermont Grand the one and only EC launch in 2019, exclusively brought to you by CDL Developer. Located in the hype and new estate Punggol, this luxurious executive condominium enjoys the waterway view and will be closed by the future Punggol Digital District. It is also within walking distance to Waterway Point shopping mall.
Saturday, June 22nd 2019 @ 8:14 AM

Posted by evonlsy:

Posted by evonlsy:

definitely love Lisa Gardner's novel.
Thursday, June 20th 2019 @ 1:22 AM

Posted by Satta King:

You can check
Satta king 786

Satta King
Wednesday, June 5th 2019 @ 1:13 AM

Posted by Tushar Kanta:

Get list of top 3 packers and movers in Pune
packers and movers Pune
Get free estimation on packers and movers charges in Pune
packers and movers charges in Pune
Saturday, June 1st 2019 @ 3:30 AM

Posted by sunil:

Posted by dummy nick:

Posted by colvincord:

I just read your blog and get the information which searching everywhere. Now it’s become on my top preference of reading for acquiring the updates without hassle.www.kerrybusiness.net |

I must say that while reading your post I found my thoughts in agreement with the topic that you have discussed, which happens very rare.www.leaders4nonprofit.net |

It was a positive conversation and each day since then he has made an effort to come and speak to her about his success of the day. www.learnebusiness.net |

Τhere is definately a great deal to learn ɑbout this issue. Ι love all of the points you've madе.www.linktononprofits.net |

Your blog is really nice and unique.I like it so much. Looking forward to going over your web page again. Thanks for sharing.www.makeitmybusiness.net |

Your site is really nice and unique. This is one of the best idea that you had come up for the children and I do hope that they can have better future. www.makingbusinessmatter.net |

Things are very open and intensely clear explanation of issues. Was truly information. Your website is very beneficial. Appreciate your sharing.www.mydigitalbusiness.net |

I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business. www.new-business-ideas.net |
Thursday, January 12th 2017 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Office 2007:

Office 2007 makes life great!
Many people like Microsoft Office.
Microsoft Office 2007 is welcomed by the whole world.
Windows 7 make life wonderful!
Microsoft Office 2010 is so great!
Office 2010
Thursday, February 17th 2011 @ 2:01 AM

Posted by Rhonda Pollero:

Sounds excellent!
Monday, January 31st 2011 @ 11:40 AM

Post New Comment

No Smilies More Smilies »