Live to Tell

By (author): Lisa Harrington

When Libby Thorne wakes up in the hospital, they tell her she was in a car accident. They tell her it was her fault, and that an innocent victim is clinging to life. And they tell her that criminal charges are going to be brought against her. The problem is, Libby can remember none of it. She can’t remember the accident, the party, the drinking … She can’t even remember the guy who keeps sending her flowers and acts like he’s her boyfriend.

With the help of her best friend, Kasey, Libby pieces together the events of the evening that landed her in the hospital. As memories start trickling through, she begins to realize that something is not right, and that what she’s been told about that night may not be what happened at all. But is she prepared for a truth that might be darker than the fiction?

A riveting psychological thriller from Lisa Harrington, Live to Tell is filled with staggering twists and emotional punches.


Lisa Harrington

Lisa Harrington’s work has appeared in A Maritime Christmas; her first novel, Rattled, was published to critical acclaim in 2010. She holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Acadia, and has worked as a childcare worker and a teacher. A lifelong resident of Nova Scotia, Harrington currently resides in Halifax.


“Harrington’s clever, original approach to the amnesia trope will even have readers with Sherlock Holmes-worthy sleuthing skills guessing the story’s outcome, making Live to Tell a compelling, satisfying read right until the last page.”
“As satisfying as it is for a reader to solve a mystery before the author provides the “reveal,” even more satisfying is marvelling at the ability of an author to lead readers down the garden path while, at the same time, providing them with road signs telling them that they are not going in the right direction. A terrific read!” 4/4 stars
“The accuracy with which the author portrays the protagonist’s emotional state and depicts the reactions of her family allows the reader to get lost in this unsettling story. The final truth is devastating and unexpected.”
“[A] beautifully constructed little novel … Harrington does a confident job of balancing suspense and teenage angst.”


  • OLA White Pine Award (Fiction) 2014, Winner
  • Arthur Ellis Award (Best Juvenile/YA) 2013, Short-listed
  • SYRCA Snow Willow Award 2014, Short-listed
  • Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature 2013, Winner
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    170 Pages
    8.00in * 5.375in * 1.00in


    August 07, 2012

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    Cormorant Books



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