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Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub
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Oct 23, 10

bookshelves: suspense, fiction, bcon10, blogged
Read in October, 2010

In the end, I really enjoyed Live to Tell, but I had some issues with it that made me doubt that was how it would be in the end.

I really liked the complexity of the story. There were a lot of different storylines, and they did indeed tie together in the end, although I wasn't always sure that would happen. It was fun to see the characters struggling with their piece of the puzzle, whether or not they knew that there was a puzzle at hand.

The down side of this was with so much going on, most of the characters didn't get a lot of character development. There were a lot of characters, and many of them were quite interesting. You'd never know when a seemingly throwaway character would pop up again.

Several characters did get deeper coverage. Of these, I really enjoyed Lauren Walsh. Her attempts (not always successful) to pull together her life so she could be a better parent to her kids rang true to me, and created an interesting backdrop to the drama she happened into.

Nick, her ex-husband, wasn't quite as interesting to me, but I did appreciate seeing his view of the events in his life. I was amused as he made the connection between his actions and those that his mother had taken many years ago, but he never generalized the effects her actions had on him to those that his actions had on his children.

On the other hand, I had some issues with the portrayal of 4 year old Sadie. Obviously, to describe events from the viewpoint of a 4 year old, they'll have to be very, very verbal. Her thinking was just a little too sophisticated, even if some of that was the book putting words to ideas that were much fuzzier in her head.

I also had problems with the Bad Guy. Congressman Garvey Quinn is a very bad guy, and even if I'm not a fan of politicians, particularly hypocritical conservative ones, I had trouble with the depth of this man's evil. But it did make for an interesting plot!
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