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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 wSecrets 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 mistaken identity puts all their lives in danger, and a stealthy predator lurks in the shadows, watching . . . waiting . . .Secrets can kill . . .Lauren is about to uncover an unfathomable truth—a truth this cold-blooded mastermind would never let her live to tell . . ....

Title : Live to Tell
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ISBN : 9780061895067
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Number of Pages : 372 Pages
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Live to Tell Reviews

  • Mandy
    2018-12-27 20:27

    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!!!!

  • Donna
    2019-01-12 23:19

    Lauren Walsh's husband has left her for another woman. She's trying to avoid small town gossip while protecting her 3 children from the messiness of the divorce. All she asks her almost ex-husband Nick to do is go pick up a toy from the lost and found that the youngest child lost on an outing and he can't even get the right toy. Unfortunately, that wrong toy contains something hidden that it is very important to a powerful person. All of a sudden, Nick stops answering calls from the kids. I enjoy Wendy Corsi Staub's novels and picked up this one at a book sale. Several new people start entering Lauren's life and I was suspicious of each one. As it turned out, I was most leery of the wrong person. Throughout the book, paragraphs cut away to different people and scenes which I found a bit confusing at first. The author ties the connections up in the last quarter of the book and gives a nice twist at the end.

  • Laura de Leon
    2018-12-31 22:15

    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!

  • Suspense Magazine
    2019-01-14 19:22

    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 first glance, fans may find it difficult to navigate the multiple storylines as introductions to this considerable cast of characters occurs within the first few chapters. However, it pays to be patient. As any fan will tell you, Staub’s characters are rich with personality and building plotlines with texture and depth is her specialty. What would you do to save your children? The answer to that question is the underlying foundation in “Live to Tell”. While the initial thread between each may be invisible at the start, when the pieces begin to fall into place, the suspense is almost palpable and you won’t be able to set “Live to Tell” down.

  • Jool
    2019-01-07 20:27

    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
    2018-12-24 22:21

    03/15/10Live 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, that his life may be at stake . He knows that what he has uncovered could ruin the life of a privileged political hopeful Garvey Quinn, who is on the campaign trail and considered to be the favorite, running for the highest office in New York, to become the next Governor.On a very hot day in August, Lauren Walsh has taken Sadie into New York for the day, while her older two children are away at summer camp. Lauren wonders why she has made this trip. Sadie is not being cooperative and a bit cranky. Lauren would rather be home, hidden from everyone because she knows that she is the topic of those who gossip.Sadie drops her stuffed animal, Fred just a few seconds before Byron is running by. He thinks he may have found a solution to his dilemma and picks up this toy. He hopes that his idea will give him a little more time to write this huge story that is stored on that USB and possibly even protect him from major injury. He runs into Grand Central Station, hides where no one can see him, rips a small seam in the stuffed animal and inserts the USB drive. He then turns the toy over to Lost and Found where he figures he can retrieve it at a later time. What is on that USB that connect these three families? Lauren Walsh, mother of 4 year old Sadie, and two older children, Lucy and Ryan. They were a typical suburban family until Nick Walsh announces that he is leaving. The children are dealing with the process of divorce in their own defense mechanism ways, as is Lauren. She is barely going through the motions of every day life, until the anger sets in. Nick has promised a fishing trip with Ryan as soon as he gets back from his vacation with his girlfriend. But he hasn't called. How could he disappoint the children like this, he used to be a good father? Why isn't he answering their calls? Where is he? Congressman Garvey Quinn is running for Governor. He is the favorite nominee along with his perfect family. Wife Marin, daughters Caroline and Annie. Marin knows that Garvey favors daughter Caroline and she knows why. How can a father not love his daughter? This perfect public family have some very private skeletons, some so deep that one spouse doesn't even know about. So deep that if it ever be found out, it would ruin the bid for Governor. And how are Elsa and Brett Cavalon, a couple who has just moved back to CT, tie into this story? Elsa was once a beautiful fashion model but what she really always wanted was a family. Elsa has never been the same since that day. The day that the little boy they adopted, Jeremy, was taken. What happened to him, who took him? Elsa needs those answers for closure. The author's writing style and description of events grip and pull you in within the first few pages. The story takes place over an approximate time span of two weeks. Each chapter is written with information of each involved family according to the time line, which makes the reader wanting to read just one more chapter until the very end. In this gripping story are sub plot mini mysteries that come together in an explosive ending. This is the first book of a series. If your genre of favorite reads are suspense or you just happen to be in the mood for a good mystery, I suggest you should read this book before Scared To Death is published later this year. I give this book a rating of 4.

  • Erin
    2019-01-12 23:25

    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)[ The story starts out with a man (Byron) running from the police but it also seems as though he is running from someone else as well, someone who wants what he has and will kill him for it. Byron needs to hide what he has because it is very important and if it ends up in the wrong hands it would be very bad. As he is running along the streets of NY he grabs a pink stuffed dog from a little girl in the stroller and stuffs the flashdrive that he is hiding into the fur of the dog and leaves it at the lost and found of Grand Central so he can come for it later. At the same time a little girl named Sadie Walsh notices that her favorite pink stuffed animal that she has had from birth is missing. Sadie's mom (Lauren) urges Sadie's father (Nick) to go to Grand Central on his way home from work and check the lost and found. He does and returns with a pink stuffed toy but it is not the pink rabbit that Sadie lost..its the pink dog that has the flash drive in it. Basically a political figure wanting to become a governor is hiding a huge secret from his family and it is on this flash drive. This flash drive could make/break him. He orders his aide (Beverly, with whom he is having an affair) to find this stuffed dog no matter what the cost (even if it comes to hurting a child). Along the way multiple people are killed and hurt. The secret was that Quinn tracked down his illegitimate sun who was given up for adoption 7 years earlier and kidnapped him in order to do stem cell surgery for his toddler age daughter who was dying of a rare blood disease. He took the surgery over to India to do it so his wife would not find out, and ordered his aide to kill the child after the surgery was over (he could leave no witnesses.) Beverly was unable to kill a child but still reported back that she did. The flash drive contained this information and would ruin Quinn because not only did he kidnap this child and leave him in India as well as leave his family behind mourning him and not knowing what really happened it him, but he is a republican and was running as "anti-stem cell, anti-medical tourism, and anti-savior sibling, all things that he did 13 years earlier. The book ended with an epilogue of Jeremy (now 20 years old) in Texas seeing the coverage of the scandal on a TV in a bar...(hide spoiler)] Needless to say I loved this book and can't wait to start the second one!

  • Patricia
    2019-01-02 21:04

    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 daughter, himself and the entire family at risk.More than one family is involved in this story and it is difficult to unravel the connection. The only thing that is for sure is that whoever is looking for the toy that Sadie now has will stop at nothing to retrieve the toy and the object hidden inside it. As the suspense builds, the reader begins to understand the background story and what draws these families together.Live To Tell is a very exciting story that keeps the reader turning pages well into the night.

  • Paige
    2018-12-28 17:18

    (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
    2018-12-30 00:23

    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
    2019-01-10 21:32

    Enjoyed it so much I'm on to book 2.

  • Mitzi
    2019-01-19 19:18

    Did not enjoy this book, it was very slow, very predictible.

  • David
    2019-01-11 17:12

    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.

  • Dawn
    2019-01-21 21:23

    This probably deserves four stars, but I don't like kids and I REALLY did not like the kids in this book. They were whiny, spoiled brats and super annoying. Other than that, I enjoyed it. I read the sequel several years ago and really liked it. Unfortunately, I don't remember it, so I might need to read it again.

  • Lydia Ann
    2019-01-12 19:13

    a real page turner...good characters/plot...easy to follow...

  • Tea Time with Marce
    2019-01-09 01:30

    From my blogI 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 mood, came back a couple of weeks later, considered it a DNF but decided to complete it. There is family drama, lots of it, the story almost read like an adult fiction instead of a mystery which in the end took away from the book overall in my opinion, I continued thinking, just get to the point already.I usually enjoy the style of hearing what characters are saying in their head. I think one character is fine, it becomes a part of that character, but all the characters was way overdone.I do think the last 30% of the book was done well, bought it all together but nothing about the book was dynamic or enough of a mystery to be entertaining.Unfortunately another let done in the reading department this year for me, sigh.If you are a fan of Wendy Corsi Staub, please recommend your favourite, I will be willing to try another by her........

  • SarahPerry
    2019-01-19 17:08

    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 impressed with how Lauren tried to get her the proper help.I admired Lauren's motherly dedication to her children, and to keeping the peace for their sake. I really felt for her towards the end of the book, and was surprised with how things turned out for her, Nick and the children in the end. I liked the way there were multiple subplots that came together just enough in the end to answer most of my questions, but but still leave me hanging for the next in the series. The inclusion of the excerpt from Scared to Death was fantastic and I cannot wait to give it a read!Overall, I found this book easy to get through (especially the last 100 pages). A couple of places along the storyline were a little predictable, but there were several other parts that were entirely unexpected as well. I would recommend this to anyone that likes a suspenseful mystery.

  • Louise
    2019-01-05 01:08

    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 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 mistaken identity puts all their lives in danger, and a stealthy predator lurks in the shadows, watching...waiting...Secrets can kill...Lauren is about to uncover an unfathomable truth-a truth this cold-blooded mastermind would never let her live to tell..."

  • Nicole Rhaven
    2019-01-17 18:07

    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 pretty easily in other books. I felt disconnected from the characters and as if something was just off with all of them. And that was the "secret," really? Wow, didn't see that one coming. I am going to keep reading WCS books anyway, just because I didn't really enjoy this one doesn't mean she still doesn't have amazing ones out there too. I just don't think I am going to read anymore of the Live to Tell series.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-01-12 17:24

    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 mistaken identity puts all their lives in danger, and a stealthy predator lurks in the shadows, watching . . . waiting . . .Secrets can kill . . .Lauren is about to uncover an unfathomable truth—a truth this cold-blooded mastermind would never let her live to tell . . ." (From Amazon)An okay suspense novel but nothing spectacular.

  • Kayden Lee
    2019-01-15 00:34

    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 to bring home the wrong stuffed animal from lost and found and connects your family to political secrecy, crime, and murder. This well written story keeps you guessing throughout the book, and guessing wrong at that. I love a suspense novel that I am unable to predict, and LIVE TO TELL, was that for me. If you are looking for a page-turner, take a look at this one.

  • Rhea
    2018-12-28 21:11

    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 and not obvious at all. Once I started the book, I had to finish it because it was too hard to put it down. This is the first in a trilogy and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series. Consider me a Wendy Corsi Staub fan!

  • Christine Lowe
    2018-12-22 00:26

    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 characters have depth and complexity that give the reader insight into their motivations. At times it's hard to tell the good guys from the greedy.If you enjoy a good murder mystery that is well written, this is a book you will enjoy.

  • Karen Hufman
    2019-01-06 17:25

    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. I did feel that the story ended somewhat abruptly and that there is another book that somewhat continues this storyline.

  • Judi Anne
    2018-12-25 00:24

    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 building as three families are drawn together in this sinister plot that will leave you turning pages long after midnight.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-30 23:22

    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 finally get into the characters and their story, it makes you want to read the next book in the series - Scared to Death.

  • Lyndsay
    2019-01-03 18:20

    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. This book was alright, I wouldnt pay full price for it, but it was an easy read with a fairly decent story line.

  • Tracy
    2018-12-28 00:06

    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 throughout the book.

  • Julie
    2018-12-24 19:08

    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 children. But overall, a great book

  • Stephanie
    2019-01-13 19:20

    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 ending.