#BookBeginnings Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

Today I’m reading Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Live to Tell* by Lisa Gardner

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Summary:  When four members of a Boston family are murdered and the father is barely alive in the hospital, everything points to a murder-botched suicide. Police detective D.D. Warren isn’t convinced that things are as obvious as they seem, however, and begins to dig more deeply.  Does the case have anything to do with another tragedy from decades before?

First Sentence, Prologue:


I don’t remember that night much anymore.


First Sentence, Chapter One

Thursday night. Sargent Detective D.D. Warren was out on a date. It wasn’t the worst date she’d ever been on. It wasn’t the best date she’d ever been on.

Notice the switch from first person to third person?


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


D.D. slept until seven the next morning, an unusual luxury when working a high-burn case.

Actually this is page 57 because 56 is blank.

I have four Lisa Gardner novels in my TBR pile. I decided to start with the oldest one in the D.D. Warren series because I had already read the first two.

Lisa Gardner is prolific, so I also have one from the FBI Profiler series, and one from the Tessa Leoni series. I don’t know why I have waited so long to read these. I enjoy her books.

What do you think? Would you read Live to Tell? Have you read any novels by Lisa Gardner?


  1. Christina Gibbs

    This is a new author for me. Always nice to find another female detective series!

    • Roberta

      What makes Lisa Gardner stand out is that she includes a character who is a victim. Because she gives a deep dive into the victim’s perspective, as well as the investigator, it has a lot more complexity of emotion.

  2. Breana M.

    I haven’t read anything by Lisa Gardner. Live To Tell seems interesting.

    • Roberta

      It is interesting. I had a hard time putting it down.

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I love this series! It’s been a while since I’ve read this one, but D. D. Warren is a favorite character of mine.

    • Roberta

      D. D. Warren is a great character. Have you read any of Gardner’s other series?

  4. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I know I should read something of hers, I’ve read so many rave reviews… this one sounds good too! Happy Easter weekend, stay safe!

    • Roberta

      Happy Easter weekend to you, too.

  5. Bea's Book Nook

    Ooo, I don’t think I’ve read this one! I like her books. Happy reading!

  6. Anne@HeadFullofBooks

    I love it when Mysteries dig into past details. Hope you are staying safely away from the nasty virus. My Friday Quotes

  7. Konna @ The Reading Armchair

    I have never read anything by Lisa Gardner, but a good thriller is always a book I enjoy 🙂

  8. Lauren @ Always Me

    One day I’m going to try this author. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sammie @ The Writerly Way

    I did notice the POV switch. Interesting. Makes me wonder what night the opening is talking about. I’ve heard really good things about Lisa Gardner, even though I haven’t read her myself yet.

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