Book Review: Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

This is not a book to read when you are nervous about Pitch Slam. Which is of course when I was reading it.

Lisa Gardner delivers a heart-racing, pulse-pounding thrill ride that never stops. NEVER. Do not read this before bed. You will not sleep. Trust me.

For that reason, I dub Lisa Gardner the Queen of Suspense.

If you love suspense and crime mysteries with some intense emotional writing–Lisa Gardner is a must read.

Her ability to influence emotions and generate visceral responses is beyond anything I’ve read before.

But these are grisly crimes. Dark, heinous crimes. And the story lingers with you after you close the book.

In this book, Ms. Gardner does a stellar job weaving first and third person POVs as she interlaces three very different women’s stories.

D.D. Warren is a strong protagonist and I’d definitely check out more books in the series about her. Danielle was a beautifully painted character and my favorite in this book. I felt most conflicted over Victoria (but in a good way). I loved each character for what she brought to the novel. All very 3-D and worth spending a book with.

The plot is described as “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.”

Here’s the phenomenal log line: He knows everything about you—including the first place you’ll hide.

You can find out more about the book and read the first chapter excerpt on B&N.

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12 Responses to Book Review: Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

  1. Jenny says:

    Lisa Gardner knows how to tell a story! Thanks for posting this review. Now I have to add it to my list. Ugh. Maybe I will reach that 100 mark this year. 🙂

  2. It's the little things that make life great.berry says:

    Wow. Thrilling. Scary. Not sure my nerves could take this one.

    • It was nerve rattling. I kept trying to read to relax and distract me from Pitch Slam’s loomingness and I kept getting more and more nervous and anxious from the book. I should have been reading a nice cozy mystery instead. 😉

  3. crubin says:

    I read her “Love You More” and enjoyed it. May have to add this to the queue. Up next on my reading list, however, is “Caught”, as recommended by you previously. Looking forward to starting it!

  4. Pete Denton says:

    Great post. It sounds like my kind of book, I’ll have to check it out.

  5. This sounds great. I just finished a book called Tokyo which was gruesome but very compelling so I may have to see if I can get hold of this one next.

    • You can download it to a Kindle. I took it out of the library but then had to go to NY for a few weeks and didn’t want to incur fees. So I ended up buying it. It’s a great book. Though I hate that it can’t sit on my bookcase as a finished read. What was Tokyo about?

      • The Nanking massacre and gangsters in Tokyo – the theme was sort of about whether if people do evil things because they’re ignorant does that make them evil people or not. There was also cannibalism in there. All the gory things! Very good though, it kept me turning pages until far too late at night!

        • Wow sounds very gory, but good. Did it give you nightmares? I’d have to read it during the day. I like books that question things or at least make me stop and question them because my immediate response is yes, doing evil things makes you evil. I might have to check it out. 🙂

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