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4.00010180189352 out of 54.00010180189352 out of 54.00010180189352 out of 54.00010180189352 out of 54.00010180189352 out of 5 4.00 (9,823 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Gardner Narrator: Kirsten Potter, Rebecca Lowman, Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Detective D. D. Warren Series Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9780739366677
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He knows everything about you—including the first place you’ll hide.

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.

A devoted mother, Victoria Oliver has a hard time remembering what normalcy is like. But she will do anything to ensure that her troubled son has some semblance of a childhood. She will love him no matter what. Nurture him. Keep him safe. Protect him. Even when the threat comes from within her own house.

In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s most compelling work of suspense to date, the lives of these three women unfold and connect in unexpected ways, as sins from the past emerge—and stunning secrets reveal just how tightly blood ties can bind. Sometimes the most devastating crimes are the ones closest to home.

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  • Boston police detective D. D. Warren returns in another gripping thriller. A family is murdered, apparently by the father (who, it seems, barely failed to take his own life after killing his wife and young children). But soon there are questions, the most pressing of which is, Why would this man, apparently out of the blue, slaughter his own family? Is it possible that someone else was the killer, perhaps another member of the family? In addition to telling a compelling story, Gardner also explores an issue that is rarely discussed in fiction: children who are psychotic. In first-person chapters narrated by other characters (Victoria, a mother at her wits’ end; Danielle, survivor of a family slaughter), she eases the reader into unfamiliar territory, telling us about children—like Evan, Victoria’s eight-year-old son—who are capable of astonishing violence, including plotting to murder their own parents. Gardner has never shied away from creepy, psychologically twisted stories, but this may be her most unsettling. The notion of murderous children may be off-putting enough to make some readers avoid the book. That would be a mistake: Gardner never sensationalizes her story, and the book ends with a resolution that is creatively and emotionally appropriate. An excellent novel. Booklist

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twigsy | 4/3/2017

    " The real question in this book is WHO will live to tell, and why? Garnder deals with the touchy subject of children locked in a psych ward. Of course, because the children are psychotic, they must be the culprits, right? Four families from Boston seem loosely linked at first, but D.D. Warren finds the common thread and tries to cut it before it unravels even more lives. It's a great story that shows how every big city can be a small town, where residents might not KNOW each other, but are still connected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Neeley | 2/17/2014

    " This is my favorite of the D.D. Warren novels. This one carries such strong women characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June | 2/14/2014

    " I have read almost all of the Detective DD Warren series now and I think that this book is the best of them! LG writes with the usual suspense and finely crafted plot, but the fact that children could potentially be murderers gives you a new/different perspective as you read this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 2/13/2014

    " Not one of her better stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/13/2014

    " Another gripping tale of murder and mayhem. The plot twists are surprising and I always think I have everything figured out, only to find one more twist I didn't see coming. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/13/2014

    " Although this book was very well written and interesting to read, the subject matter was disturbing to me because it had to do with seriously unbalanced children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby Stewart Rabe | 1/6/2014

    " Well, I think I found another character and author I like. D.D is a tough 40 y.o. female detective. This book was filled with some emotional tales involving children and had a surprising endind. I'm now on to my next D.D. Warren book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avery Aames | 1/5/2014

    " Great voice!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boof | 1/5/2014

    " Brilliant. Review to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindasueanne | 1/5/2014

    " could not put it down, great pace, twists and turns, not 100% I liked the ending though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liberty | 1/2/2014

    " Wow! I think this is my favorite Lisa Gardner book. What an awesome author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Mattar | 12/11/2013

    " Excellent book!! Finished this baby in about two days (could NOT put it down)...super bummed I have to wait til 2011 for D.D. Warren #5 :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Almaeterna | 11/15/2013

    " I recommend this book to any good reader I give it 2 thumbs up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 10/22/2013

    " A page turner just like the first 4 in the series. The ending was a total surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 9/26/2013

    " Loved it. Another page turner and couldn't guess the outcome "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 9/26/2013

    " Kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Redmond | 8/14/2013

    " Another great one in the D.D. Warren series. In this book, D.D. investigates two families that have been murdered, is there a link, or is it just a coincidence? I can't wait to start the next one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 8/11/2013

    " This was a good book. The first of Lisa Gardner's that I have read. Definitely want to read more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette Smith | 6/24/2013

    " Listened to this book. Again, another great mystery from this author. The subject (children with psychotic problems) is a little difficult to hear. The mystery well thought out and with some twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 6/18/2013

    " No surprise here...Lisa Gardner always delivers a great edge of your seat nail biter! It was awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fifi | 12/24/2012

    " Brilliant - love this writers mind!!! keeps you guessing all the way through. Great book - i could not put it down - thoroughly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 10/24/2012

    " It's great to get completely engrossed in a book from page one. Lisa Gardner rarely disappoints and this is no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corky | 8/8/2012

    " Great tight thriller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 6/19/2012

    " Another great book by Lisa!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/29/2012

    " This is the first book that I have read written by Lisa Grdner. I will be looking for more of her books to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kt | 3/28/2012

    " Loved the character. It had me guessing between two as the possible murderer with an interesting twist at the end. Should've seen that coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaDawn | 3/28/2012

    " Riveting, compelling, horrifying: all the elements of a great summer thriller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 2/27/2012

    " Engrossing story. One of her best perhaps. Interesting info re mental illness in children and the effects on the parents' lives "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Grady | 1/19/2012

    " Another D.D. Warren in a psychological suspense thriller - good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L | 8/29/2011

    " Lisa Gardner does suspense very, very well. And on top of that, she has characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra Morris | 8/15/2011

    " A great read! I learned a lot about mental illness in young children--very disturbing. The mystery was compelling as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 7/29/2011

    " Very good, well written, book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 5/29/2011

    " i love all of her books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Academicsupport | 5/18/2011

    " Although I was concerned that this novel centered around behavior disordered kids, I feel Lisa certainly did the topic justice. Also,I am glad to see D.D.getting more of a personal life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/17/2011

    " This was a hum-dinger of a mystery--well written, lots of depth.It deals with pediatric psychiatry--children no one knows how to help, family annihilatiion, child murderers. Now I will read more of this author's books--has written quite a few. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory | 5/9/2011

    " A scary tale about child mental illness and murder. Another D.D. Warren detective novel set in Boston. There are always great twists and it keeps you guessing until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thnjul | 5/8/2011

    " By Far her BEST book ever...& all her books r good
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/4/2011

    " This book was wonderful - I couldn't put it down and it was filled with suspense and questions. This is one of my favorite new books. I will be looking to read more of this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayenell | 4/26/2011

    " Love this author. An overnight fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 4/23/2011

    " Ok, I'm now convinced that all children are just one bad experience away from turning homicidal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 4/20/2011

    " One of the best books in series. I couldn't do anything but read, it wsas never ending thrill ride till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/18/2011

    " Another good-for-a-quick-read book, but terrifying enough that it has to be a quick read. I'm glad I've never worked with crazy kids like the ones in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayeb | 4/18/2011

    " It kept me in a state of non knowing as far as the *culprit*, kept my attention enuf I will find more of hte series to read.

    As often is the case with this kind of book.... I truly cannot fathom the mind that can implement such brutality :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 4/17/2011

    " My first title by this author. I would read a second book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/13/2011

    " It was another great book by Lisa Gardner. Although, the subject mattered disturbed me some. She is still one of my favorite writers. I love how thorough her research is on all the subject matters in her books. I learned alot from this book about children with mental illnesses. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. Since then she has become a #1 New York Times bestselling crime thriller novelist. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics, and twisted plots into a streak of thirteen bestselling suspense novels, including, The Killing Hour. With over 22 million books in print, Lisa is published in thirty countries. Her success crosses into the small screen with four of her novels becoming movies (At the Midnight Hour; The Perfect Husband; The Survivors Club; Hide.)

About the Narrators

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.