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Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel Audiobook

Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

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Publisher's Summary

He knows everything about you—including the first place you’ll hide.

On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father—and possible suspect—now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

Danielle Burton is a survivor, a dedicated nurse whose passion is to help children at a locked-down pediatric psych ward. But she remains haunted by a family tragedy that shattered her life nearly 25 years ago. The dark anniversary is approaching, and when D. D. Warren and her partner show up at the facility, Danielle immediately realizes: It has started again.

A devoted mother, Victoria Oliver has a hard time remembering what normalcy is like. But she will do anything to ensure that her troubled son has some semblance of a childhood. She will love him no matter what. Nurture him. Keep him safe. Protect him. Even when the threat comes from within her own house.

In New York Times best-selling author Lisa Gardner’s most compelling work of suspense to date, 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.

©2010 Lisa Gardner (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Gardner never sensationalizes her story, and the book ends with a resolution that is creatively and emotionally appropriate. An excellent novel." (Booklist)

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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 08-24-14
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Powerfully emotional, complex mystery."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Babs Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-21-13
    Babs Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-21-13 Member Since 2004

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Compelling, then too far-fetched"

    This book definitely kept me engaged. The idea of combining the voices of Sgt. D. D. Warren, investigating two bizarre murders of entire families, with that of a mother of a very disturbed child and that of a nurse who not only works with disturbed children but who was the sole survivor of her family's massacre, is quite intriguing.

    The scenes in the psychiatric unit for disturbed and mentally-ill children were very difficult, but they rang true, and did much to illustrate the character of Danielle. And I loved the narrator who voiced Danielle.

    However, I had a problem with the character of Victoria, the mother of the violent child Evan. She started out sympathetic, but she eventually sounded if she was determined to be a martyr. The trembling voice of the narrator also got irritating.

    But those weren't insurmountable obstacles.

    As the book started to wrap up, however, things just got too odd. The motivation of the killer was very thin -- avenging an act that didn't really need avenging -- and the discussions of alternate planes of reality got silly when one of the most sensible characters in the book started believing in them. Say what?

    So it was enjoyable overall, but frustrating enough that I couldn't give it more than three stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 06-02-13
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 06-02-13
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    "Creepy, creepy, creepy. Love these!"

    I haven't read the entire series but I like DD Warren. And the narration is so great, perfect for the stories. And spooky these are. I never spend much time trying to figure out the end of the story. That just spoils it for me. So I meander along, around each crazy corner and enjoy the book for great entertainment.

    This and "The Neighbor" are great books to relax and enjoy. "I know something you don't know......"

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    Pocket Empire Auckland 03-24-11
    Pocket Empire Auckland 03-24-11 Listener Since 2004
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    "Excellent for all the right reasons"

    I've listened to so many audio books over the years and this one in particular stands out. Lisa Gardner's short, clipped sentences work very well in audio format. The story moves at a cracking pace with just the right amount of detail. The other vital component is the excellent narrators, particularly the main voice who has a delivery that is crisp, wry and absolutely perfect. One of the best I've listened to.

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    DonnaMarie Fyfe Buffalo, New York 04-29-17
    DonnaMarie Fyfe Buffalo, New York 04-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Great by Lisa Gardner!"

    Another Great DD Warren story. I have read everything Grarden has written, and I believe this is my favorite. I finished this story in 1 day!!!
    You won't be disappointed and keeps you guessing till the end!!

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    gagagail 03-16-17
    gagagail 03-16-17
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    "pretty good listen"

    enjoyed this one , worth a credit for sure. Fast paced and a pretty good story

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    Pam 02-22-17
    Pam 02-22-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting"

    loved it. am now obsessed with lisa gardener! disturbing but couldnt put it down

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    Kathryn Watterson 01-15-17
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    "Whoa!"

    One incredible listen! Stopped everything else to finish. Seriously this is so well written and so well read and performed that everyone should be congratulated.

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    Misty Taggart 12-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "waste of time"

    the story didn't go anywhere. It seem like she went over the same things over and over again. I found it boring and predictable

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    Kemarri 11-21-16
    Kemarri 11-21-16 Member Since 2016

    Relaxing my body and calming my mind while listening my way through a stress free day!

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    "Are we there yet?"

    I wasn't disappointed because my expectations were super high. The story was interesting but had a slow start. I found it a bit confusing as I tried to keep up with all the times and characters. I love this author and I am on to the next book in the series!

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