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Live to Tell

(Detective D.D. Warren #4)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  30,598 ratings  ·  1,742 reviews
A savage crime has rocked a working-class neighbourhood of Boston; four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father is lying in an intensive care unit, his survival in doubt. He is the principal suspect.

Female police detective D.D. Warren, however, is not one to take things at face value. At the same time, Danielle Burton is about to have her life thrown
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published June 30th 2010 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Tarana It has mild scenes of harming animals typical of any pycho thriller where they describe the aggressive symptoms and events of children harming…moreIt has mild scenes of harming animals typical of any pycho thriller where they describe the aggressive symptoms and events of children harming animals. i skimmed through that myself so as not to read the gory details. besides that so far it's been fine. in general there's a lot of trauma though.(less)

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Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Ok, so, DD did not annoy me as much as she did in the previous book The Neighbor, but she still somehow manages to remain my least favorite character in her own series. At least this time she doesn't focus on one suspect and try to make that person the killer no matter what. However she still doesn't strike me as the sharpest knife in the drawer. Her technique for finding a killer seems to be 'That guy did it!...'No, wait, she did it!'. I had to shake my head at the fact that she seemed ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-donated
Whoo hoo I finally got to learn more about the elusive Detective D.D Warren, or D.D. as she is known. I started this series at number 3, and tracked back to read in order. The books in this series by Lisa Gardner are an awesome set, but funnily enough so far in this series, I feel D.D does take the back seat. But she showed herself here, and I really enjoy her character. She's a highly committed Detective Sergeant, a hard boss, a hard woman who really does have a soft centre, and this book is ...more
Mary  Carrasco
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've gotten away from reading series in recent years. Mostly because I found myself waiting too long for the next book and eventually lost interest. The good news is that now, there are so many complete series for me to choose from! I'm really enjoying the D.D. Warren series and so far, this one has been my favorite. The premise was unique and the pacing was perfect. Of course, I love D.D. With her bottomless pit of a stomach and tough exterior. I'm looking forward to reading them all.
This was a pretty horrific case: an entire family is murdered. Pretty cut and dry at first, but of course things are never as they appear in a Lisa Gardner mystery.

This is where the Alex and D.D. meet up for the first time, an immediate attraction brewing. D.D. is smitten once she finds out Alex can cook! Good Italian food and wine is a sure way to D.D.'s heart!

The audio version as a re-read was fantastic!
Monika Sadowski
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Its my first in the series and I guess I picked good one.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Oh Danny girl. My pretty, pretty Danny girl.” What a haunting melody this proves to be! I listened to Live to Tell, Lisa Gardner’s fourth D.D. Warren police procedural during a seven-and-a-half hour round trip and got more than halfway through the audio version before switching to the print version upon returning home. Danielle Burton is a 34-year-old pediatric psychiatric nurse who is tormented by the memory of her father singing her name the night he shot and killed her mother and siblings ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love all the twist and turns of this story. Danielle lives to tell her story.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, 2018
Detective D.D. Warren is called to the scene of a mass-murder. At first glance, it looks like a father has killed his three children and wife before taking his own life. As D.D. and her crew look into possible motives, they discover another family massacred. Is it just a coincidence? Or are these murders somehow tied together?

This story is told by three women. D.D. Warren is the cop investigating two murder-suicide cases. Victoria is a mother of a troubled child she is afraid will someday kill
Jenni Boyd
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Live to Tell, begins with Danielle Burton having a flashback when she was only nine years old, her father murdered her mother and two siblings, before turning the gun on himself, for nearly twenty-five years she could not remember all the events of what happened that fateful night, but was haunted with why she was allowed to live, why did he kill them and not me?

As the anniversary of the slaughter of her family approaches, two very different families, from different neighbourhoods are murdered,
The story opens with Danielle Burton having a flashback to when she was nine years old and her father killed her mother, sister, and brother before turning the gun on himself in front of her. Now as the twenty fifth anniversary of that horrific event approaches Danielle is a 34-year-old pediatric psychiatric nurse and her life is about to be thrown into turmoil. Danielle has always had an especially difficult time around this time but now two different families have been murdered. Both families ...more
Read: February 2018
Rating: 5/5 stars (best of 2018)

The plot: Gardner tells this story from three different perspectives; our main character D.D. Warren, and two secondary female characters. Danielle was the sole survivor of the massacre of her family when she was nine years old and Victoria is a single mother living with her extremely psychologically disturbed eight year old son.

I loved this book and I read it at exactly the right time, as I've recently been reading with interest the news story
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-suspense, 2014
Another easy 4-star book that turns into a 3 at the very end. Seriously, I could have done with a better explanation. Meh.

Also, 4 books in I am still not D.D.'s biggest fan. Just for once I'd wish Lisa Gardner would allow her main character to solve the crime instead of the crime just sort of resolving itself towards the end when everything comes to a close. That would be a good thing. Because so far all we know about D.D. is how blonde and sexy she is and how much she likes to eat and needs to
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
I really like this series. I started with book 3 which was awesome. This book even more so. I found myself hooked and desperately trying to put the pieces together. Though I guessed the killer, I couldn't completely say yes that was the killer because I couldn't guess motive. When I found out, it made sense. This book kept me on my toes.

Outstanding series so far. I'm moving onto the next.

Kudos to the narrators. They did a really fantastic job.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Live To Tell is a book I could NOT put down. Hook, line and sinker from the moment I read the prologue - I needed to keep reading. This is a book with several twists and turns. Just when you think you know who did it, another twist. Another clue pops up that makes you rethink, wonder, and try to figure out who really did it!

Gardner is a talented author who clearly knows her audience. She keeps your hooked, she adds twists, the characters draw you in and you want to see what happens.

Tonya Breck
While I did start to like D.D. Warren in the last book, this is the first one where I didn't feel she jumped to the wrong conclusion right off the bat and refused to budge from it. This book actually shows her taking in new facts and evidence and letting that shape her suspect list. Basically, it showed her being a good detective. I liked the small bits we got about her personal life, but also like that it didn't take too much away from the actual story.

Speaking of, I had one person in mind for
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved - my first Lisa Gardner and certainly not my last.

This suspenseful thriller deals with some heavy topics; however, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time trying to put all the pieces together. The story flowed nicely, I enjoyed the alternating points of views from the main characters.

I was not a huge fan of D.D. Warren, but I'm not sure she's meant to be overly likable. In her line of work I believe you have to be blunt, tough and leave many emotions at the door to get the job done
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lisa Gardner often puts her detectives in the background, but in this installment (DD Warren #4) DD is front and center throughout the book. I have no problem with either method; with the detective in the background, Gardner gets the chance to really get into a protagonist(s) and what makes them tick. In this book DD's personality does not overshadow the two fascinating women who narrate their parts of the book. One is Danielle, the childhood survivor of a murdered family who finds some peace ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
This is the 4th novel in Lisa Gardner's D.D. Warren series and focuses on family murders and psychologically disturbed children. Danielle Burton, the central character, is a survivor of a family murder where her mother, brother and sister were murdered by her father before he shot himself. Danielle suffers from survivor guilt and 25y on now works as a pediatric psychiatry nurse in a special ward for disturbed children. When D.D. Warren, investigating the recent murders of two unrelated families, ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Three women. They don’t know each other, yet. One is a dedicated pediatric psych nurse, dreading the 25th anniversary of the day that made her a lone survivor. The second is an exhausted single mother, coping with the full-time care of her mentally ill 8-year-old son. The third is a tough cop, married to her job in Boston’s homicide unit. Five days in August bring these women together. Their connection: murder.

From the red and black cover all the way to the final plot twist, Live to Tell is a
Larry Bassett
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Meet our heroine Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren of the Boston Police Department:
She was not getting married. She was not having children. She was not going to have sex in her office. So she might as well read the fucking case reports, because this was her life. This was what she had left. Five dead in Dorchester and no one alive to tell the tale.

While this is not the last book in the Detective D.D. Warren Series (, I anticipate that it will be the last

When Danielle was nine years old her father murdered her mother and Danielle's little sister and brother as Danielle was cowering in her bed. As he was crooning the words Oh Danny girl, pretty pretty Danny girl, he turns the gun on himself. Twenty-five years later, Danielle is working as a nurse in a children's psych ward of a acute care facility in Boston Massachusetts. She still is struggling with her family's death and her survival. As the anniversary of their death approaches, two
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lisa-gardner
I literally stayed up all night to finish this book. Luckily, I had the next day off to sleep in. Lisa Gardner penned an original thriller with this 4th D.D. Warren book. The subject matter of mentally challenged children, who act out violently piqued my interest and it was delivered in a pretty well written mystery story. For one, as a reader I appreciated that we weren’t reading it from the bad guy’s perspective. This story was told mainly by two female protagonists; Danielle Burton, who lived ...more
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I won this on Good Reads give a ways, and since the book will not be released until July 2010, I do not want to give too much away.

Lisa Gardner brings back D.D. Warren in a psychological suspense thriller. A family is brutally murdered with the father as suspect, and one sole survivor, their daughter. The back story blends perfectly and left me second guessing. Just when I thought I had it all figure out, new twists and turns arose. Perfect ending, and definitely an all night read!
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The title says it all. There always must be a survivor; one who lives to tell the story. But what happens when your story begins to be recreated? A must read for those who love a good thriller!
Lady Delacour
This story was as active as
D.D.Warren's desire for a man.
Narrators were good.
Not Clean
Foul Language.
L.M. Krier
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I really need a half-star function. For me this was more than a 3 but not yet a 4, so three-and-a-half stars.

It features Detective DD Warren. I've not met her before, I was reading the series out of order because of what the library had available. I frankly couldn't care if I never met her again. I found her a very under-developed character who still managed to be not very likeable. She appears to like eating like a bear, preferably rare beef, and spends a lot of time trying to get laid. Perhaps
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
I won this on this book as a Firstreads give away. Wow, what a good book! Detective D.D. Warren has a promising Thursday evening interrupted by her pager. An entire family nearly wiped out with only the father surviving with what might be a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. This opening scenario leads to a complex story told from several different views. There’s the view of Warren who leads the investigation and is saddled by a tag-along former detective Alex Wilson, Danielle, a psychiatric ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it

"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
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Kelly Hager
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Lisa Gardner's since I read her first suspense novel (The Perfect Husband). I've read all of them so far and enjoyed every one. So when I say that this is by far her best, it's saying something. :)

This book was incredibly creepy (have you read that book by Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin? It was like that but worse) and there were parts where I actually got chills. And not the good kind.

There are three main narrators in this one. There's Detective D.D. Warren (a
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