Amazon.com link for Live to Tell
Book Description: 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 dedicated nurse whose passion is to help children at a locked-down pediatric psych ward. But she remains haunted by a family tragedy that shattered her life nearly twenty-five years ago. The dark anniversary is approaching, and when D. D. Warren and her partner show up at the facility, Danielle immediately realizes: It has started again.
My Review: I was not familiar with Lisa Gardner’s Detective D.D. Warren books, but I enjoyed Live to Tell very much. It has an interesting and heartbreaking storyline of mentally ill children. I read in Lisa’s biography on Amazon that she is a self-described research junkie, and that level of research shows in this novel with the details involved with the psychiatric care of children.
Ms. Gardner’s characters are compelling. The story involves Victoria, the devoted and protective mother, D.D. the workaholic detective watching her live go by too quickly, and Danielle, a Psych nurse with her own horrifying past. The story has tense action and held my attention.