Posted December 22, 2016 by Renee / 11 Comments


I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.  If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

In honor of her upcoming January new release, my pick this week is:



Published January 2010 by Bantam

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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 twenty-five 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.

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.


As I’ve mentioned before, Lisa Gardner holds a special place for me as one of my favorite authors because I’ve actually read EVERY book she’s published!! I can’t say that about another author (sorry Sharon Bolton & Dennis Lehane:) This book is one of my favorites of hers, between the setting of the locked down children’s psych ward and what goes on at Victoria’s house, I was thoroughly tense and on edge the entire book…just how I like my suspense thrillers! I know many will see that this is book 4 in the DD Warren series and may shy away from picking it up but Lisa Gardner does a great job in her books of giving you enough background info so you’ll have a good feel for DD in this novel. You’ll most likely WANT to go back and read the others in this series just because DD is one of the very best female protagonists I’ve read…she’s smart, witty, and independent and she becomes a character you look forward to visiting every couple years!

Stay Tuned in January for my review of Lisa’s new novel, RIGHT BEHIND YOU, releasing Jan 31, 2017

11 responses to “THROWBACK THURSDAY: LIVE TO TELL By Lisa Gardner

  1. Yvo

    This sounds really good! It’s been ages since I last read one of her stories… The new release might be the perfect excuse to change that.

  2. Annie

    Next year I’ll read the DDwarren series, ever since you told me how much you like it, I’ve been dying to read it! 😀

    • Yay!! I also really want you to try Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint series, I think you’d like it…you know if you can squeeze it in with the tons of other books I’m sure you want to read:)!

  3. I don’t think I’ve read any Lisa Gardner books at all – certainly not since I started keeping a record of my reading anyway. I shall keep an eye out for her… 🙂

    • Oh I think you’d like her for sure! Just from chatting with you and reading your reviews I think you’d like her books. Her early ones in all her series are excellent.

  4. Great post! 🙂 I have had Love You More by Lisa Gardner on my TBR for six months, you just reminded me of it, I’ll have to make it a priority in 2017!

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