This book is emotionally powerful and probably will trigger a lot of readers. It deals with mental illness in children in a very blunt, yet well-informed and tender, way, and if you have experiences with that, it can be very hard to take. The mysteries put young children in very brutal situations, and that may not be for everyone, either.
The mystery is engaging and broad, the events are personal and relevant, and the scenes are brutal and emotional. It's a very good read. I wouldn't exactly call it fun--it's too strong on the heartbreak for that. But it is satisfying, and unlike a lot of detective stories, this one will probably linger with you for a while. On the other hand, you may see the world around you a little differently when you finish it. Well worth the listen. The readers do an excellent job, too.
I did enjoy the story, but I'm getting really tired of the female detective whining about wanting to have sex all the time! It really distracts from the story.
I didn't realize how dark this story would be. I couldn't finish it.
I don't care for the detective D.D. 's character. The other plots were too depressing.
The narrators's did well.
I have listened to about 4 of her books...and only one mildy disappointed, and that was because of the narrator.
I work at a psychiatric hospital with patients from 6 yrs old to 80+yrs old. I think she portrayed the hospital well. It is a sad place to work and gets tough at times. It can also be a very rewarding place to work. Thanks Lisa for bringing pediatric mental illness out in the open and bring awareness to it.
I wouldn't listen to it again only because I never listen to a book twice. But I highly recommend this book!
Definitely! It was very exciting from start to finish.
All of these narrators are wonderful in everything they read.
There were flirty parts that made me smile. Other scary parts that made me cringe.
She's Just Great
All of it was good,
I thought the job was just great
I didn't laugh or cry, I usually just enjoy the book's I read
A very good book to listen to, in fact I plan on listening to it again...
Again I like the multiple narrators. That is really a nice part of this whole audio book experience. Live To Tell is another good, suspenseful story that made me want to listen straight through from beginning to end, without taking a break.
While this book's basic storyline is about a very sad subject, no story about crime is a laugh a minute. One reader said it was too depressing but I would disagree. It's another crime thriller and, yes, the story is features a children's acute care psych ward as a main thread and, yes, there is another thread revolving around child abuse but the story threads are not tole distastefully. In fact the underlying theme was handled in such a way that it was an effective part of the story with any sensationalizing about the topics.
This is a crime/detective/thriller and that genre is not meant to be a light-hearted, happy read. I almost passed on this one because of the "depressing" review from one of the readers but I am really glad I read a bunch of reviews and ignored that one. The story was good and I enjoyed the book while, at the same time, mentally acknowledging that the underlying storyline was and is a sad fact of life.
The one thing I have to say (again) is the D.D. Warren character is getting on my last nerve! Her rush to judgement, her sexual obsession, her overall bad attitude is getting to be so annoying I fear it will start to take away from my interest in this series. If male, main character detectives in other authors' books can be somewhat annoying characters but still likable, why can't this female, main character detective be at least a little likable? If I were reading these books instead of listening to them, the parts with D.D. Warren's dialogue would be the parts I would skim over quickly. She is SO annoying to the point of distracting from the stories.
But I will push on with the next one in this series. Maybe the author tones down the acidity of this character as time goes on. One can hope!