Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review - Live to Tell by Wendi Corsi Staub

Wendy Corsi Staub Live To Tell

Book Summary from Amazon

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 . . .

My Review - 2 1/2 Not my Cup of Tea

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 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........


  1. Don't give up! There's something out there just dying for you to read it ;)


  2. I tried one of hers after the recommendation but it was a DNF - I didn't like it at all. Good luck if you try again - I have a feeling they'll all be much the same. Definitely not in the same class as MHC.

  3. This is disappointing. Like you, I don't particularly enjoy reading what a character is saying in his/her head. So if ALL the characters are doing this, I may not enjoy it either.

    My favorite book by her is The Last to Know (also was the first book I read by her).


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