Monday, August 30, 2010

Review of Live to Tell



Live to Tell
Lisa Gardner
Random House
400 pages

Those of us who have come to adore the writing of Lisa Gardner will stand up and cheer at her latest thriller Live to Tell.

Sergeant DD Warren has had some really bad cases before but she may have just been given the worst of her life. What looks like a whole family annihilation has just been doubled and now it looks as though it just might have been staged, but for who and why. Well DD will soon be looking for all the answers and isn’t she lucky that a retired cop turned professor is tagging along with her team to keep his feet in field work and just maybe lend a helping hand.

Lisa Gardner is one serious lady when it comes to crime dramas. She will wow her audience with her latest chilling thrilling tale of madness, mayhem and murder and she takes us deep into forbidden territories of the psyches of mentally ill children, their families and their caretakers, yet she does it with so much care and compassion that her audience will yet again celebrate her victory over some of the baddest dudes on the planet. Her quick paced dialogue is filled with tough cop speak and no nonsense narrative as she takes us on some of the most chilling and horrifying detective work ever to come out of someone’s imagination and yet during it all we get introspection into the characters by reading their thoughts, their hopes and their fears. Now let’s talk about her characters, they all really steal the show as they either inch their way into our hearts or our nightmares and not only her protagonist DD but her team of cops, the children, the care givers to the frazzled parents we get a realistic glimpse of a world most of us will never see or imagine as someone’s everyday life and then we get to see the malevolence of her villain as we try with usually no success to pick him/her out of the line up. As with all Ms. Gardner’s novels there is a love story of sorts, but this is definitely not a romance.

So if you’re up for being scared out of your mind, who else would you turn to but Lisa Gardner, if you want to read the results of a world class storyteller, that’s right Lisa’s your girl, if you want to kick some butt and take names go no farther that Live to Tell, your next must read, believe me you wont be sorry. Kudos to you Ms. Gardner.

9 comments:

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  2. btw, can't wait to read this book, great review.

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  3. Is this the one you were reading when I was in Cincinnati? Looks good!

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  4. No I think you were in Cincinnati before I read this last weekend. But who knows my memory fails me often, that's why I have to write everything down. ;-)
    Deb

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  5. Wow, Deb - I'm impressed! Jessica, I think you're remembering the Lisa Gardner books that Debbie and I were both reading and talking about online when you were in Cincinnati. You would like Lisa Jackson, too!

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  6. Oh and Jessica, Thanks for stopping by.
    Deb

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  7. Wow, Live To Tell was the title of my work in progress for an entire year! I later changed it to When Dreama Bleed and it was published under that name. Ms Jackson and I must think alike! Lol!

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  8. Robin, thanks for commenting. It's looks like a read that's right up my alley. I'll be checking it out.
    Deb

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