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Author: Lisa Gardner / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 06 December 2012 / Genre: Crime & Thriller / Subcategory: Thriller / Suspense General / Publisher: Headline Publishing Group / Title: Live to Tell / ISBN 13: 9780755396399 / ISBN 10: 0755396399

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      13.10.2013 12:52
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      Enjoyable mystery

      ==Synopsis of the book:==

      D.D.Warren is called in when a respectable family are four are all killed in their home. The only one that survived the father is in a coma having been shot. D.D after some investigation into the families circumstance believes because he recently lost his job and they are struggling to keep their home. However if he will ever be able to talk about what has happened is a big question mark and that seems very unlikely given his present situation. But he appears on only suspect as the family are popular and well liked in the neighbourhood.

      As D.D. Team dig deeper they discover one of the dead children was adopted and spent some time in a paediatric psychiatry ward. The child spent some time there and against medical advise he was discharged by the family. Since then there had been several incidents of evil carried out by the boy in the local area. The visit to the ward brings back horrific memories to one of the Nurses Daniel le Burton who was the sole survivor when her father killed her mother and bother and sister. Since then she has few friends and is devoted to her job of helping Children but the similarities are a cause for concern for D.D. When she investigates the woman's life because of her very unusual reaction to questioning. But what is Danielle's connection or involvement now?

      ==My thoughts on this novel:==

      I found this a very entertaining and enjoyable suspense thriller. It was in my view far from perfect but it was generally well thought out and it literally dripped suspense the whole way through. It is certainly one of those thrillers that had me involved the whole way through and because of the excellent characters created by the author always had me wanting the best for them and wanting the mystery solved and them to return to as normal a life as possible.

      In the past I have struggled with American authors in general. But through reading writers such as Lisa Gardener and Charlaine Harris I now have more confidence in writers from this country. I do not now automatically put a book down because of the they are American I judge them on their summaries and see if the subject matter appeals to me (probably the way it should be!!). Anyway, I have read several stories from this series and loved them all, so when I spied this the 4th in the series that now contains 7, I knew I must read it as soon as I could.

      The first thing that struck me about the book unsurprisingly was its title. I thought it was a good one because it was read in colour and they way it was written made it look like it was blood. I immediately wondered what the author had in store for us and in retrospect I do not think the author could have found a better or more appropriate one. And added to this it almost challenged the reader to survive the book and could this happen to you by the questions it poised.

      So I flipped the book over to see what the summary had to tell me. This was excellent and while it may seem I have given a lot away in my synopsis above, the author gave away far more in hers and this is only a fraction of what is happening in the first part of the story. The author's summary was great and because she shares a few glimpses involving a few of the key characters I think there is something for everyone to reel the potential reader in.

      The story starts with a prologue that takes the reader back 25 years to the family home that Danielle lived in before the rest of her family were murdered. This was quite short at fives pages long but it was full of mystery and suspense as little was given away about what actually happened but it left the reader to believe that her father was responsible for the horrific crime. This start certainly had me interested in Danielle and what happened to her following this incident.

      I found the story very very easy to get into and I enjoyed the authors style of writing. It was full of depth while at the same time only sharing with the reader what she wanted you to see. She successfully builds suspense around all her characters by making them multi dimensional and different from the norm. The only thing that worried me and it often does in the early chapters of a Gardner book is the violence incorporated in the story. Especially as in the first few chapters you have two families basically massacred and this I'm glad to say is not common place and so in a sense hard to appreciate.

      The story was cleverly written and while I had a few different theories it was not until towards the end I thought I knew the answers but as to the why I struggled to figure that out. Maybe the story could have had a few more suspects as there weren't many but the author shared a lot of detail on these as the story developed but still kept important facts back so you could never rule any of them out. I did enjoy the story and I felt a really affinity with some of the characters such as Danielle within it. I think it was because she had been through so much I thought she deserved a better lot than she was being dealt.

      The pace of the story was always fast and because so much happened in a short space of time, I found it was action packed. The only problem I really found was towards the end certain things in the story did not quite make sense. I do not know why this happened as usually every detail is cleverly covered off, but it took some of the gloss of the story for me. I cannot tell you as these are near the end of the story but it made a few things not quite ring true and disappointed me. And while the conclusion was both exciting and nerve tingling I kind of lost faith because of these irregularities which made me question everything that was happening.

      D.D. Warren is the lead character in this series. She is a very feisty lady and I admire the way she approaches her work. And while I do not think she is best character I have ever read about I do enjoy the way the author shares details about her private life and here the author is consistent to dealing with her characteristics and personality. Although for me in this story she was for me the co-star as I found Danielson story fascinating and she took over the starring role. I found I wanted to know all about her and the mysteries that surrounded her life both then and now.

      The stories length was just right to tell what turned out to be a fascinating story again. None of this talented American authors books that I have read have been anything but real suspense mysteries of the highest order. That is why the slight inaccuracies in this one really cheesed me off as I expected the author to have considered everything. With many twists and clever turns in the story so that the finger pointed at different suspects as more or new information was discovered.

      ==Conclusion:==

      I thought this was a very good crime thriller and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a twisting mystery. It was in the main well thought out and executed story that had me involved in its development the whole way through. I think this is because of the wonderful character in Danielle the author introduced in this story.

      ==Other information:==

      Paperback version:

      Pages: 448
      Price 7.19
      Publisher: Headline
      ISBN-10: 0755396391
      ISBN-13: 978-0755396399
      Year first published: 2010

      Thank you for reading my review.

      This review is published on both Ciao and Dooyoo under my user name.

      © CPTDANIELS October 2013.

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