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Scared To Death (Live to Tell #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  427 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Elsa Cavalon—petrified that the nightmare from fifteen years earlier is beginning all over again . . .

Marin Quinn—hiding with her daughters in their concrete fortress, her storybook marriage over . . .

Perfect strangers whose once-perfect lives were cruelly shattered, they're bound by a long-lost child, a fragile strand of newfound maternal hope—and mutual loneliness. Yet
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Avon
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Wow, what an amazing and crazy ride! Full review coming soon!

If twists, turns and pulsating plots are what you are craving, than look no further than Wendy Corsi Staub and her newest release, Scared to Death.

Upon receiving Scared to Death, I was anxious and thrilled to get started. Just the cover and title evoke images of suspense and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Often, when I have such high hopes for a book, it may fall short of those expectations, however Scared to Death topped all hopes that I
If I could, I would have rated this book 3 1/2 stars rather than a full 4 stars. I am basing that on the fact that I found the first half of this book both confusing and somewhat dull. It is second in a trilogy, the third not yet being out on the market yet. The author makes vague references to the first book/storyline, but I am not so adept at recalling all the details of past books. I read far too many books to keep track of intricate storylines from books read so far in the past. So this book ...more
Quick, psychological thriller. A lot happens in this book at a very quick pace. Crazy ending.

" Elsa Cavalon—petrified that the nightmare from fifteen years earlier is beginning all over again . . .

Marin Quinn—hiding with her daughters in their concrete fortress, her storybook marriage over . . .

Perfect strangers whose once-perfect lives were cruelly shattered, they're bound by a long-lost child, a fragile strand of newfound maternal hope—and mutual loneliness. Yet Elsa and Marin are never truly alone. Someone is always nearby, watching them and their children. Someone driven b
Lee Yahnker
The characters are difficult to keep straight, and the story drags on and on. I'd say this book goes no where fast.
Caryol Lynn
The ending is so unrealistic and utter nonsense. Come on - really? Jeremy just clicks?
When Elsa Cavalon is awakened from a sound sleep by someone calling “Mommy” she immediately thinks of Jeremy but Elsa and Brett Cavalon lost Jeremy, their adopted son. Jeremy was taken from the Cavalon’s and recently they were told that Jeremy had been murdered. Now they have a new daughter and hope to adopt Renny soon. It is Renny crying out to her mother and Elsa finds a window open in Renny’s room, a window that Elsa knows she locked before going to bed. Not only is the window open but so is ...more
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Staub steps back into the frayed lives of the families torn apart by one man’s ruthless obsession in the much-anticipated follow up to “Live to Tell” with the emotionally charged release of “Scared to Death”.
Marin Quinn is a woman adrift in uncertainty and guilt in the wake of her husband’s greed and deception. The family’s very public fall from grace and her inability to overcome the personal mortification she feels, has become a catalyst to justify the isolation she’s forced on herself and ch
I can devour these books in less than a day, the writing is that good! I love how you think you know everything and that there is nothing left to surprise you and by the last chapter you are caught of guard!

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Kind of convoluted until you get into the story, which I guess many books are. It didn't hold my attention like some books. I see her next book uses some of the same characters which are in this book. I think some of these characters were in her other book too. A young man was abducted as a small boy from his adopted mother's back yard. The man who abducted him was his birth father. He was taken to India where the mistress of the man was to get rid of him. She chose to take him down to a busy st ...more
This was the first non-young adult novel I’ve read by Wendy Corsi Staub, and I thought it was great. She develops great characters and great plots that are suspenseful and pull the reader in. The story was told through various points of view which gave a great perspective on everything going on. I liked having the perspective of the ‘criminal’ as well, although you didn’t know who the person was until the end of the book. Overall, it was a quick-paced suspenseful thriller with a surprising endin ...more
Granted reading book #2 1st would lead to confusion of sorts, but I don't think that was the case. The story begins with one person, Jeremy, the lost thought dead but not dead adopted son... Then we have his adoptive family, still grieving but trying to move forward and near the end of their trial period for adoption of a daughter. All of a sudden there is this other family in the story, shamed by the patriarch an evil political leader (I don't think there are any other types but evil...but I di ...more
Stay tuned....this is the second one in the series and there is another one coming out which moves forward 15+ years in the future! I had a very difficult time getting back into the characters and remembering the storyline from the first book. As I don't rewrite the plot and try not to give spoilers, my goodreads posting from the first book wasn't helpful to me!!! I only wish the 3rd one was out now as I KNOW that I will have a horrible time remembering all the plot twists and "who done it" betw ...more
Sandy Carmichael
This book was not an easy read---a lot of twists and turns; dealing with ugly issues of child abuse, hatred, murder, revenge, etc. However, it kept me on the edge of my seat and had a decent ending.
Scared to Death was an excellent suspenseful novel that kept you guessing until the very end. Staub does a great job at building a successful who done it by carefully weaving together a mystery of what happened fifteen years ago along with current events that leave two families terrified of what would happen next. All of the main characters are well developed as the story progresses and you find yourself finding something to care about in all of them. This book was my first introduction to Staub ...more
I wasn't as fond of this book as I was the first one in the series, but it was still a good read.
Laura de Leon
Lots of twists and turns, but I never quite bought it...
Erika Miller
Sometimes I'm in the mood to read about the darker side of human beings and an intricate plot for revenge. This book delivered. Reading the prequel now. Would choose this author again for escapist reading.
Didn't realize that this was the second book in a trilogy, the first being "Live to Tell." You can still understand what is going on without reading the first book, but it would have been nice to have the back story. This book jumps from character to character so it gets a little confusing at first, but once you figure out who is who then you start to get excited about who going to read about next. Can't wait to get my hands on "Live to Tell" to get the back story and for the next book, "Hell to ...more
Scared to Death did not scare me. I rate it a 3 because of the confusing convoluted story and the struggle trying to keep the characters straight.

It has been fifteen years since the adopted son Jereny was kidnapped.He was taken to India and abandoned. Unfortunatedly, a pedophile finds him and he is returned to the states. Unknowing to his parents, Jeremy is spying on them. If you were keeping notes on the characters, the last twenty pages is where you can start connecting the relationships. I wa
I did like this book, but found it a bit confusing at times.
Cheesy suspense novel with a very ridiculous ending.
This is the 2nd book in the trilogy. In this book, Elsa and Brett's adopted son disappears from their backyard and is never seen again. When their soon-to-be adopted daughter is taken by someone posing as an adoption agency worker, they feel the nightmare is starting over again. Who would do this to them? They believe it is the biological mother of their missing son but are they right?
As I've said in previous reviews, I normally do not care for books that start out with several pages each on several characters. Having said that...not the case in this book. Generally, I have figured out who did what by at least the middle of the book. Not this time! By 3/4 of the way into the book I sorta had a suspicion, then that didn't pan out...the ending was kick butt!
This is the second in the trilogy and I enjoyed it as much as the first. This book was interesting and fast-paced. Some reviewers read this without reading the first and still liked it, but I think you need to read the first book to get a full understanding of the characters, their relationships and what led them to the point they are at here.
Sara Trimble
This book was incredible. The multiple viewpoints and present tense was a bit much to get used to at first but then I found no problem keeping up with the brisk scene changes. The plot line is strong and will leave the reader flipping through the pages at a pace fast enough to light the paper on fire. The ending is sure to surprise every reader.
Full if suspence. Could not put it down.
This is a good book with many twists and turns. I didn't read the first book in the series but enjoyed it as a standalone. The main characters are connected by the son one gave up for adoption and the other the parent who adopted him. I couldn't guess the ending because the information needed to do so wasn't given until almost the end.
I'm giving it 4 stars because I think it deserves more than 3. It kept me engrossed through about 9/10 of the book. I thought that the last chapter, maybe two, rushed through the typing up of a lot of loose ends. that said, I'm on to the last book in the trilogy. I need to see how it finishes.
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