LIVE TO TELL
WENDY CORSI STAUB
Rating: 4 Cups
This life is not what Lauren Walsh envisioned when she married Nick all those years ago. They had plans: raise the kids, fix up the house, and then enjoy growing old together, but Nick changed all of that in one night.
The Quinn family is very well known and wealthy going back generations, so it is no surprise that Congressman Garvey Quinn will one day be governor. He has the name, the money, and the picture-perfect family to make it all happen, as long as the past stays right where it belongs, dead and buried.
This summer is turning out to be one scorching and torturous day after another for Lauren and her children, especially for her youngest, Sadie, who has become a fearful and anxious child since the divorce. Losing her favorite stuffed animal is the last straw, but when her father tries to pawn off a replacement, more than just Sadie’s peace of mind is at risk. Garvey cannot believe after all of these years he is going to have to cover his tracks once again, but like his grandmother before him, he is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He did it once, and he will do it again, because no one is going to interfere with his candidacy or his family, not when he is this close to grabbing the gold ring.
It is a relentless and driving force of nature to safeguard our children against all dangers, but when that danger is life-threatening, is there anything we will not do to protect them? I am not too sure that any one of us really wants to find out just how far we would go, but unlike Garvey, most of us have limits. The characters in this story are embittered with a whole host of anxieties, fears, and insecurities that shadow them every step of the way, but it is Lauren’s constant self recriminations that I find the hardest to take. The pain of betrayal, the loss of a child, and the fear of exposure all conspire to make this a hair-raising and heart-wrenching read from beginning to end.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More