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Left To Die (To Die #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  6,528 ratings  ·  394 reviews
Nothing's More Terrifying. . .

One by one, the victims are carefully captured, toyed with, then subjected to a slow and agonizing death. Piece by piece, his exquisite plan takes shape. The police can't yet see the beauty in his work--but soon, very soon, they will. . .

Than Being Left Alone. . .

In the lonely woods around Grizzly Point, Montana, four bodies have been discov

Paperback, 496 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2008)
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Ugh. This book was so incredibly dumb, I couldn't believe I actually spent $5 for it. It dragged on and on. Although the book is about a serial killer, the book doesn't really probe into the killer's mind or really explore his motives. The reader is left clueless (of course, you are encouraged to buy another book to find out what the heck is really going on).
All in all, I really did NOT like this book. It seemed like one long prologue.
This was my first Lisa Jackson book and I really enjoyed it. It was fast moving, had a good plot and I connected with the characters. What I found most frightening is that a nut job, serial killer is walking among the public and no one is the wiser. There are actually two different stories going on surrounding the brutal killings and parts of the story are told from inside the mind of the killer. A little romance mixed with suspense is always fun and in this case dangerous. At the end of the boo ...more
Amidst an unusually bad Montana winter, a serial killer is at work near the town of Grizzly Falls. The killer "rescues" his female victims when their cars careen off of a mountain road. Most of them don't realize that their accident was caused by the killer shooting their tires out. He then carries them off to a remote cabin in the mountains and wins their trust by tending to their wounds and lulling them into trusting him. Weeks later he will leave each victim tied, naked, to a tree, to die fro ...more
Chilling and Terrifiying!

A serial killer is in Grizzly Falls, Montana, shooting the tires of vehicles containing one lone occupant, a woman, his latest victim. He brings them to his ‘hide-out’, lets them recuperate somewhat, makes them dependant on him to the point of ‘wanting’ him. He takes them out, completely naked in the middle of winter, ties them to trees and leaves them there to die of exposure, leaving behind a star carved into the trees above their heads and a cryptic note using the ini
Aug 26, 2008 Tammy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lisa Jackson Fans..Maybe
I'm normally a pretty big fan of Lisa Jackson but I have to say her last two books,this one and Lost Souls did not thrill me. The idea for this book is great but it really goes nowhere. Yes one mystery is solved but it leaves the main story of the book unresolved,supposedly to be finished in Chosen To Die which doesn't come out for a year. Basically this book is nothing more than an almost 500 page build up to that book. Overall it was ok but definately not one of her best.
Okay, but not too exciting. I was annoyed because it didn't solve all the mysteries. It left a major part to be solved in the next book. I don't like books like that. Fortunately, the book was not that gripping, so I don't mind if I don't find out the answer.
Really liked this book - the downfall - it's a cliff hanger!!!

Very large cast of characters and at first seemed overwhelming, but Ms. Jackson knows how to make a story flow.

Some red herrings cast in your way and I was a bit confused until the story really began to unfold. So how many serial killers are there lurking in the mountains? You'll have to read the book and figure it out for yourself. :)

Some romance with a bit of apprehension, all-in-all a good book and introduction for me to Lisa Jacks
Wendy Hines
The woman's body is found lashed to a tree, naked, and frozen to death. The calling card for this scene is the same, yet different as the others. The letters carved into the tree above the victim are the same as the others but with the addition of this victims initials added. The star is still carved into the cold bark, but at a slightly different location. Her wrecked car has also been discovered, the tire shot out and all identifying items removed from the vehicle. The killer has struck again. ...more
I know it's a part of a series but there so much that is unresolved. It just doesn't feel finished. That being said, very suspensful.
After reading previous reviews I had my doubts about this book but I'm a big fan of LJ, so I had to give this book the benefit of the doubt. Yes, one of the biggest plots of the book is not tied up in the end...however, the main plot is as it revolves around Jillian. That's the way series books are...something has to be left dangling so the reader will want to buy the following book(s). However, had I read this when it first came out I would most definitely have been put off by having to wait a ...more
Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli work in a small town where nothing seems to go wrong, apparently. That's all about to change as there is a serial killer on the loose in the woods around Grizzly Falls.

Deep in the winter wilderness of Montana, one by one, the killer sets up car accidents for women driving alone down secluded ice covered roads. Then he rescues them, cuts them out of their cars, treats their wounds and convinces them he's going to rescue them. He is diabolical in his tr
In rural Montana, a serial killer is leaving women nude, tied to tries in the winter so they die of exposure. But it gets worse: Apparently he is shooting their tires, causing them to be in accidents, 'rescuing" and helping them before he kills them. And he is leaving a mysterious message with carvings and each scene building up to something the police have yet to figure out.

Now, Jillian Rivers, has been in an accident after someone shot her tire out - she is injured and in an isolated cabin wit
Jenny Mount
I almost stopped reading this several times. After reading Fatal Burn, I'd decided not waste my time or money on another Lisa Jackson. However, the synopsis intriqued me. Unfortunately, the novel is bogged down by unnecessary details and forced plot detail. Why would Jillian leave in the middle of a snow storm to go see one ex-husband, which she didn't get along with, about another ex who'd obviously abandoned her? And then, after she wrecked, that selective amnesia thing was too much.

Not enough
Bev Taylor
weird but compelling novel

someone is luring girls along certain road in winter where is waiting with a rifle to shoot out their tyre.

there follows an accident from which he rescues them and then nurses them back to life. h/e after approx one week he strips them and leaves them tied to tree to die in the cold. there he leaves a star marked into the tree and a piece of parer with letters on it - the initials of that victim who is he and why?

then a copycat killer springs into action

this is lef
Sandy Vaughan
They said: "In Left to Die, the Pinewood County Sheriff 's Department is on the trail of a cold-blooded killer who acts as a savior to women stranded during terrible mountain snowstorms before stripping them of their dignity and leaving them to die, a victim of the elements. But the killer's latest victim managed to escape, leading some to believe there may now be an imposter on the loose."

One vicious murderer.

Two vicious murderers.

One conclusion.

One trailer into the next book in the series.

Linda Lou McCall
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
If I hadn't wasted almost 15 hours for NO conclusion!

What could Lisa Jackson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She could have wrapped this plot line up in THIS book, not force readers to waste another 15 hours listening to the next book in this series "Chosen To Die". By hour 5, I "Wanted To Die"!!!

How could the performance have been better?
Other listeners seemed to hate narrator Alan Nebelthau's fast pace.
Ce roman est le premier tome d'une série suivant les enquêtes de Selena Alvarez et de Regan Pescoli travaillant pour le shérif de Grizzli falls.

Dans ce premier tome un tueur en série sévit dans la montagne profitant du climat froid et neigeux pour faire ces victimes. En effet, il les laisse mourir nues attachées à un arbre. or, avec les tempêtes et la neige, il est très difficile pour nos deux enquêtrices d'avancer dans leur enquêtes.D'autant que le tueur ne laisse rien au hasard et semble très
First of all what a way to end a book.

The characters in this book were interesting because depending on the view point that you were reading changes wither you liked them or not. It was interesting that there were actually two cases in this novel rather than one, nice little plot twist. I do have to make this comment that the Detective's children are selfish brats and I didn't care for them one bit. But other than that the book was good.
This is the first book by this author that I have read. I have a tendency to like thrillers by female writers because they tend to develop characters better than their male counterparts. In this regard, the author does not disappoint. Really there are two story lines that appear to intersect before splitting off in different directions. One mystery is solved while leaving the other for the follow up novel, "Chosen to Die". In this regard, the novel leaves me a bit disappointed, yet it does make ...more
This was the first book by Lisa Jackson that I've read and I really enjoyed it. It had me hooked from the very first page I read and didn't let go till the very end, although In felt like there were some parts in the book that dragged for me, but overall a very good read.I can't wait till read the rest of the series and see what happens.
I was tempted to rate this 3 but now that I know there are 2 more books to follow it gets a solid 4 I love a book set in winter or stormy weather so this was perfect for me, loved how creepy it was at the start but wish the tension lasted longer, overall I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the next one ...more
Alasandra Alawine
When Jillian Rivers car is found the police assume she is a victim of the Star Crossed Killer. But actually her first husband's (Aaron who is suppose to be dead) deranged lover is out to kill her. Luckily for Jillian before the jealous Falda can finish her off Zane MacGregor arrives and takes her to his cabin where they are snowed in. Once the weather breaks MacGregor attempts to find a way off the mountain, while he is gone Falda shows up and shoots his dog and takes Jillian into the woods wher ...more
I couldn't get into this book. The idea was good, just not well executed. The guy who sees aliens, to the psychotic killer who cusses like a sailor and the detective who seems to not be able to keep her pants on. I wish this was a free book, but I actually paid $1.00 for this. Ewe.
Book Wormy
Left to Die Lisa Jackson
4 Stars

The first in the Montana to Die series of books introduces 2 very different female cops, twice divorced with teenage kids Pescoli who has a penchant for bad boys and never married Alvarez who is escaping a secret past.

In the Montana mountains a serial killer is targeting lone women, first he "saves" them from car wrecks and then he kills them. Its a race against time for the police to figure out who the murderer is and to solve the bizzare message he leaves at the
What a powerful book. This was my first Lisa Jackson book but definitely won't be the last. The book ended kind of abruptly though leaving me with a lot of questions.
~ Cariad ~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
A thoroughly enjoyable audio book, very excited to listen to book 2
I absolutely loved this book. I was completely gripped from the beginning, filled with twists and turns. My only criticism is the cliff hanger that is left at the end. I was worried for a moment that I had some pages missing. No questions that the next book I pick up will be chosen to die.

Women are being found naked and bound to trees in the snow. Their initials are carved over their head, beginning to spell out a phrase. Alvarez and Pescoli struggle to find any pattern to the victims and then
Jill Burkinshaw
I received this book via a Goodreads win. It is a very well written book with an excellent plot featuring a psychological killer with a unique MO. Absolutely loved this excellent book with well developed characters. What I loved most is there were several things going on and twists and turns all the way through. Every time I thought I had worked out the killer it changed and it wasn't until the last chapter that it was revealed. I also liked the personal stories that were running alongside with ...more
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This was the first story of Ms Jackson's that I read. I enjoy stories that take place in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, etc. To have it take place also in the winter with issues caused by snow makes it even more enjoyable (for me). This story had it all.

Ms Jackson's ability to make you feel as if you were there, feeling the cold, the snow, the traffic hassles, and police station all combine to make it an enjoyable read.

The horror of how the victims are found, the anxiety of the hunt for possible vi
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What is the best Lisa Jackson book? Are they Romantic Suspense or what? 15 66 May 21, 2014 07:55AM  
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  • Last Known Victim (Stacy Killian, #3)
  • Fear No Evil (No Evil Trilogy, #3)
  • Trust Me (Last Stand Series, #1)
  • Forgotten
  • Nowhere to Run (Nowhere, #1)
  • Kill For Me (Romantic Suspense, #9)
Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush, grew up in a small timber town in Oregon. She attended Oregon State University and later worked in the banking industry.
In 1983, Jackson's first novel, A Twist of Fate, was published by Silhouette Books. Currently, Jackson writes contemporary romantic suspense novels for Kensington Books and medieval romantic suspense novels for Onyx Books. Her books regul
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Other Books in the Series

To Die (6 books)
  • Chosen To Die (To Die, #2)
  • Born To Die (To Die, #3)
  • Afraid To Die (To Die #4)
  • Ready to Die (To Die, #5)
  • Deserves To Die (To Die, #6)
Absolute Fear (New Orleans, #4) Malice (New Orleans, #6) Almost Dead (San Francisco, #2) Chosen To Die (To Die, #2) Shiver (New Orleans #3)

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