I rarely check customer reviews anymore, but yesterday Mark asked me if I had seen the LIVE TO TELL page on Amazon and I had to check it out. Every review was a solid 5 star, and I'm hoping some of the readers who wrote them might see this, as it's my only way to thank them heartily for taking the time to give the book some positive word of mouth!!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061895067/wwwwendycorsi-20/

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!, March 16, 2010
By Donna Strause (Richland, PA United States) -
I love her books, but I think Live to Tell is my favorite so far. It is full of suspense and wonderful 3D characters. Thank you Wendy Corsi Staub! I could not put this book down.

5.0 out of 5 stars One of Wendy's best!, March 14, 2010
By Mystery/suspense lover (New Hampshire)
LIVE TO TELL is Wendy Corsi Staub at the top of her game. Full of chilling suspense, this was a book I couldn't put down. The characters were finely-sketched, and the plot intricately woven. All threads merge in the end for a stunning conclusion. If you're a suspense lover, don't miss this one!

5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Wendy's best so far ...loved it, February 27, 2010
By S. Bivins "southern reader"
I have read every one of Wendy's books and she out did herself this time and what is so exciting is that I see a sequel in the making. Once again, there were so many mysteries going on at once and so many twists and turns, I thought I might have to take a Dramamine...lol...If you love mystery, suspense and a "cant put it down" book, this is for you. If you are new to Wendy Corsi Staub, pick up her back list...I have never read a bad "Wendy book", Happy reading !!!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, February 26, 2010
By D. Merrimon Crawford
(TOP 500 REVIEWER) (VINE VOICE)
At one time life seemed normal but Lauren Walsh's divorce changed everything. She can no longer trust her instincts or the very things she once took for granted. When her youngest daughter Sadie loses her stuffed animal, Lauren tries to reassure her, but the loss of her father has made Sadie more than insistent. When Lauren calls her ex-husband Nick to search the lost and found at Grand Central Station, she demands he pay attention to their children's needs. Lauren's actions set in motion a train of events that will change her life and that of everyone around her. When her husband suddenly disappears, Lauren tries to reassure herself and her children, while not embarrassing herself before former friends and acquaintances. As Lauren tries to find answers, forces she knows nothing about gather, endangering her family in ways she never could have imagined. Outside, a dangerous man will do anything to preserve the secret he has guarded for years. Will Lauren discover the truth in enough time? In trying to protect one's family, how far is one willing to go?

Wendy Corsi Staub's LIVE TO TELL is an awesome work of suspense! Well-plotted, well-imagined, and rich in emotional and character details, LIVE TO TELL takes an all too common scenario, divorce, and twists ideas of family trust and protection into a terrifying scenario. LIVE TO TELL grabs from the very first pages as the reader enters Lauren's world. The author captures perfectly Lauren's distrust and self-questioning following her divorce. The awkwardness she experiences before others now, trying to appear strong while she becomes the subject of the gossip mill, at once makes a reader connect with her while also creating heightened tension as the reader understands more the stakes. As Lauren's story unfolds, Wendy Corsi Staub alternates point of view, bringing the reader into the thoughts of those whose need for secrecy threaten Lauren and her children. Most chilling of all are those sections when the author allows the reader a peek into the emotions and thoughts of the youngest child Sadie. One empathizes with her while, at the same time, wanting to protect her. Unlike Lauren, the reader knows the danger approaching but not the reason or all the interconnections until the very last page. The ending is perfect! Wendy Corsi Staub brings everything together at the end, yet also leaves the reader with a bone-chilling line, a line that makes this reader most anxious to read the next book, SCARED TO DEATH.

LIVE TO TELL satisfies a reader's craving for rich intricate suspense. LIVE TO TELL is more than a quick action-packed race to the finish. Each moment brings the reader more and more into Lauren's world, and the villain's, creating an intensifying, unnerving, thrilling reading experience. The novel becomes richer and richer as it progresses with the gradual unveiling of the secret as the clock counts down. LIVE TO TELL is several cuts above most of the suspense published today. Simply outstanding!

Courtesy of Book Illuminations

5.0 out of 5 stars Another thrill ride from Wendy Corsi Staub, February 23, 2010
By John B. Valeri (Portland, CT USA)
Much like a roller coaster, LIVE TO TELL starts off slow and deliberate but quickly builds up speed, delivering twists, turns, and thrills before coming to a satisfying halt--all while leaving open the possibility to another go 'round.

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Comment by John on March 17, 2010 at 12:16pm
Good for you! I'm glad to see that people are receiving the book so well. (I've been checking, and it's very prominently displayed at most of our area bookstores.) Any word on upcoming signings? I'm gonna have to buy my usual stack to pass out as presents! And I'm making Chelsey wait until then to read it. (I did buy another copy for my personal collection during release week...)

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