Ms. Gardner took time from her tour schedule to visit with the staff at VJ Books. Lisa was born in Oregon, and was escorted by her mother who still lives in the area. “It’s always nice to visit with an author with roots in the northwest, especially one as celebrated as Lisa Gardner,” said Virginia Lenneville of VJ Books.
Lisa Gardner is getting rave reviews for her newest thriller–Live to Tell–while at the same time celebrating last year’s hit, The Neighbor, which just was recognized as ITW’s Best Novel of The Year at Thrillerfest in New York City on July 10th. Beating out the likes of Harlan Coben, Linwood Barclay, Joseph Finder, and T. Jefferson Parker, she is the first woman to earn the prestigious award. Both books currently hold positions on the NY Times List.
Live to Tell received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly that reported, “Starred Review – At the heart of Gardner’s outstanding fourth novel featuring Boston PD detective Warren (after The Neighbor) are some very sick kids, notably Lucy, a nine-year-old feral girl who self-mutilates when any attention is given to her, and Evan, an eight-year-old boy who during fits threatens to kill his mother. D.D gets involved after two grisly family annihilations lead to the locked-down pediatric psych ward in Cambridge that specializes in Lucy’s and Evan’s types of hard case.
When a child is too sick and the parent can no longer handle care, the child ends up in the acute care facility under the tutelage of pediatric psych nurse Danielle, the lone survivor of…her own family bloodbath. Coincidence? That’s for D.D. to figure out–in the midst of a budding romance with police academy professor Alex Wilson and infuriating encounters with Andrew Lightfoot, resident “woo-woo expert” (that’s cop talk for psychic), who works in tandem with the hospital. Plenty of red herrings keep readers guessing, but Gardner always plays fair in this tight and consistently engaging page-turner.”
Praise for Live To Tell –
“Both challenges the mind and gets the heart racing.” – The Daily Beast
“A stunning, chilling, up-all-night thriller that will leave you shaken.” – Lee Child
Other Lisa Gardner books in chronological order are listed here: Live to Tell (2010), The Neighbor (2009), Say Goodbye (2008), Hide (2007), Gone (2006), Alone (2005), I’d Kill For That (2004), The Killing Hour (2003), The Survivors Club (2002), The Next Accident (2001), The Third Victim (2001), The Other Daughter (1999), and The Perfect Husband (1998). She also is the author of over a dozen romance writing as Alicia Scott.
Lisa Gardner was raised in Hillsboro, Oregon. She sold her first romance novel while in college, followed by a dozen more. She then switched to suspense novels with The Perfect Husband being her first. Her worldwide sales have reached 20 million. She now lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter.