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Live to Tell (Live to Tell #1)

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Secrets can scandalize . . .

In a lovely suburban town just north of New York City, the gossip mill runs more efficiently than the commuter-train line. And in every impeccably decorated house, they're talking about Lauren Walsh. They say that nothing could be worse than being abandoned by your husband for another woman. They're wrong . . .

Secrets can shock . . .

All Lauren w
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Published April 19th 2011 by Avon (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mandy
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read by Staub and I loved it. It was free on my Nook and I was hooked after the first page. This book started my long love affair with Wendy's novels!!!!
Laura de Leon
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th
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Suspense Magazine
Feb 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Left to pick up the pieces of her splintered family, Lauren Walsh finds herself struggling to provide her children with a small sense of normalcy after her husband abandons the family for another woman. Elsa Cavalon is a fraction of her previous self, clawing her way through the days as she deals with personal issues of parental incompetency. Presidential hopeful, Garvey Quinn, will do anything to protect his family—but more importantly his reputation—on his trek to higher political power.

At fir
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Jool
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have another author for my favorite author list! Wendy Corsi Staub has written an intense, suspenseful book here with so many different stories happening at once. It isn't hard to keep up with, even for my older brain; and once again I almost sat through the night reading because I couldn't bear to put the book down.

I'm on to find more books by this author - and since this is first of a series, I can't wait for the next one!
I highly recommend.
Cheryl
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
03/15/10

Live To Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub (Rating 4)

How does one pink stuffed dog called Fred, and owned by four (4) year old Sadie Walsh, entwine three (3) families that are relatively unknown to each other? What is it about Sadie's favorite toy that leads to multiple murders, both young and older?

Byron Gregson, investigative reporter, is being chased through the streets of New York. Byron knows what they want and it is a USB. A USB with information, which he has uncovered and is so damaging,
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Erin
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stayed up late reading this because I could not put it down! I had to finish it. I loved this book from beginning to end. I always enjoy books from multiple view points! The characters were all relatable and real. (view spoiler) ...more
Patricia
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Walsh thinks that nothing can be worse than what she is living through since her husband left her for another woman. Her children are going through a very bad time and Lauren is trying her best to keep her family together and reasonably happy. However, when her youngest daughter, Sadie, loses Fred a nightmare begins.

When Lauren’s ex-husband goes to the Lost & Found department, picks up a stuffed toy that he thinks is Fred, and takes it home to Sadie he has unknowingly placed his daugh
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Paige
Aug 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(Hurricane book #1)

This might just be the least eventful thriller I've read in my life. Hardly anything happens except for our main character whining about her divorce angst. Maybe the last thirty pages were worth reading, but by the time something exciting happens, I would have rather just had the MC's head be blown off. I was not a fan.
Amanda
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was all over the place and had so much going on in it, it was hard to keep up with all the people introduced. Terrible read.
Debbie
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it so much I'm on to book 2.
Mitzi
Dec 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Did not enjoy this book, it was very slow, very predictible.
David
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What raised this read to 3 stars is the the last thirty pages. As a mystery read, the first 3/4s of the book is a story of a woman raising the children and her new life as a divorcee. All pretty interesting but not a mystery. Enjoyed that part as a sociologist. The last 30 pages then got down to being a mystery and a good one. I found the littlest character to be unbelievable for her courage and insightfulness. It was just a fair read.
Lydia Ann
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a real page turner...good characters/plot...easy to follow...
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I had high hopes for this one, Wendy Corsi Staub was recommended as an author similar to Mary Higgins Clark, what an amazing honour in my opinion but hardly should be received. I found this story to be completely disjointed, to many characters and side story lines trying to create this great big mystery which for mystery lovers they would have already figured out so even though it all came together in the end, it felt like what was the point.

I read until approx 25%, thought it was my
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Sarah  Perry
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was immediately drawn into Live to Tell, the story of a newly divorced Lauren Walsh, her children, and a case of mistaken identity involving her ex-husband Nick.

Wendy Corsi Staub captured the dynamics of a freshly divorced family to near perfection. There was tension, awkwardness, and trying to keep interactions civil for the kids' sake, among other things. I felt bad for the kids though, especially Sadie. She seemed to struggle the most with understanding such adult situations, though I was
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Louise
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A fairly good read however, I felt this one just wasn't up to Staub's usual potential. I ended the book feeling somewhat disappointed.

From back cover:

"Secrets can scandalize...In a lovely suburban town just north of New York City, the gossip mill runs more efficiently than the commuter-train line. And in every impeccably decorated house, they're talking about Lauren Walsh. They say that nothing could be worse than being abandoned by your husband for another woman. They're wrong...


Secrets can sho
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Nicole Rhaven
This book was like a very slow plane and had a very slow take off.
And okay, okay, Nick betrayed you, we get it, he's a dirty scum dog. It hurts, it really does, it never feels good when someone leaves you for someone else, or cheats on you, but dang lady you have kids pick yourself up and show him what he is missing out on.

I really like WCS, I read a couple of other books by her and loved them but I didn't much care for this one. The POV's really confused me, and usually I grasped the changes
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
3 STARS

"Secrets can scandalize . . .

In a lovely suburban town just north of New York City, the gossip mill runs more efficiently than the commuter-train line. And in every impeccably decorated house, they're talking about Lauren Walsh. They say that nothing could be worse than being abandoned by your husband for another woman. They're wrong . . .

Secrets can shock . . .

All Lauren wants is to protect her children from the pain of her messy divorce. But when their father goes missing, a case of mis
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Kayden Lee
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Family, excitement, jealousy, love, fear, and suspense, LIVE TO TELL, by Wendy Corsi Staub, has it all! This is the first Wendy Corsi Staub novel I have read, and without question, I am impressed. I will most definitely follow this author. I cannot wait for the sequel!
You would think that raising three children, in suburbia, would be relatively predictable. Not if you are Lauren Walsh and your husband, who is apparently having a midlife crisis, with an older woman none-the-less, somehow manages
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Rhea
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is my first Wendy Corsi Staub book and I have a feeling I'm going to be reading a lot more. Live to Tell was suspenseful and full of twists and turns. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out the twists and "whodunit" but she got me on most of it. The characters are complex, well-developed and you come to feel like you know them whether you like them or not. Three stories are interwoven and it's done well so you never get confused or feel like the thread doesn't make sense. The plot is smart ...more
Christine Lowe
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who Lives to Tell?

I'm not sure how I missed knowing about Wendy Corsica Staub and her incredible talent. I always thought she wrote teen and YA stories so you can imagine my surprise when I read Live to Tell. This story is truly scary when murder for convenience is treated so lightly. The justification being: Do what you have to do, wash your hands of it and move forward.

There are several storylines that dovetail into the unexpected ending that usher in the next book in the series. The character
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Karen Hufman
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for what I was looking to read at the time- fluffy! Lauren is a newly divorced mom of 3 kids living in a small town where she feels judged and conspicuous among her neighbors who all know her husband left her for another woman. Enter also the seemingly perfect candidate for governor in another state with his perfect wife and two daughters. There is also a third storyline with a a woman, Elsa, who lost her son 14 years ago and can't let go. The story is somewhat improbable but fun to read ...more
Judi Anne
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in a couple of days. It's a very good, tight plot revolving around Sadie, a four year old precocious girl and her lost pink bunny named Fred. In this first of a trilogy by Wendy Corsi Staub, Lauren Walsh, Sadie's mother and the main adult character is coping with a divorce and the effect that it has on Sadie and her older brother and sister. When her ex and his girlfriend disappear, she tries to keep the remainder of her family together. Little does she know that the suspense is ...more
Jennifer
Live to Tell took awhile for me to get into... it seemed like the first half of the book introduced all the characters (there were a lot) and started telling Lauren and Nick's story. The book starts off rather mysteriously, it was difficult to follow all the characters as they were introduced, and didn't start to tie together until the end.

I enjoy Wendy Corsi Straub's writing style, and her YA series was a fun read. Similar to the YA books, Live to Tell ended in a cliffhanger. So,once you finall
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Lyndsay
I downloaded this book to my nook for less than $5 so I cant complain too much. The story had several different story lines that at first was kind of odd but eventually came together. I felt like the author could have tied the story up a bit better, it was like she realized she was running out of pages and needed to quickly tie it up. There is one story line that still left me curious, but I have found out there is another book that involves the character in question and may answer my questions. ...more
Tracy
Soon to be ex-wife Lauren is left picking up the pieces as the hubby-dad; Nick is out enjoying life with his new girlfriend. Lauren forces him to step it up and sends Nick on a task for one of their children that draw them into a conspiracy that neither of them are aware even existed.

Without creating spoilers this book, it has all the norm of a good somewhat typical suspense story in the sense it has the familiar players regardless it was very easy-entertaining read that had me guessing througho
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Julie
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. It was suspenseful and believable and a true mystery. I didn't want to put it down. The only thing I got impatient with was the whole angst of the divorced main character whose husband ran away with someone else. I thought it got a little long and that she worried too much about things. I must admit I skimmed through some of her parts. Another interesting thing is that the author wrote from the point of view of only 2 out of the 3 ...more
Stephanie
This was a good book but not the best Staub. It was kind of strange reading with all the different story lines going on at the same time. They all did tie together at the end but there were times when I wondered if they actually would. It took probably a good half the book for me to try to piece together how the story lines were connected or how I thought they were. The end was somewhat disappointing, I was expecting a life/death BIG suspenseful ending and it was just a typical no big surprise e ...more
Kelli Stephenson
Finally and adult drama/mystery minus the sex and language! Yeah. Good book, I kind of predicted the ending from about the middle, but every once in a while I was unsure. I did like how the chapters (even mid-chapter later) switched back and forth between different characters and their part of the story until they all finally came together and everything was resolved. The sequel sounds interesting, but maybe a little freaky!
Cactuskid
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This involves several families and you don't know how they are all tied together until the end. A mother of 3 is trying to deal with her husband running off with another woman and the children are having their own problems with this. Another mother is trying to find her son who has gone missing years ago. A Congressman is trying to work his way up to the Presidency. A good story with no trash in it.
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Live to Tell (3 books)
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