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Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

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DANIELLEI dont remember that night much anymore. In the beginning, it seems likeyoull never forget. But time is a nebulous thing, especially for a child. Andyear by year, bit by bit, details started to fade from my memory. Copingskills, Dr. Frank assured me. The natural evolution of my psyche starting toheal. Nothing to feel guilty about.But of course, I do.I remember waking up to a scream. Maybe my mothers, but according tothe police report, most likely my sisters. It was dark in my room. I wasdisoriented, couldnt see. And there was a smell in the air. Thats what Iremember most clearly after all these years. A smoky odor I thought mightbe from a fire, but was actually cordite, drifting down the hall.More noises. Things I could hear but not see: pounding footsteps, the thudof a body falling down the stairs. Then my fathers voice, booming fromoutside my bedroom door.Oh Danny girl. My pretty, pretty Danny girl.My door opened. A bright glowing rectangle amidst a field of black. Myfathers shadow, looming in the doorway.Danny girl, he sang more brightly. My pretty, pretty Danny girl.Then he tapped the gun against his forehead and pulled the trigger.Im not sure what happened immediately after that. Did I get out of bed? DidI dial 911? Did I try to revive my mother, or maybe stop the blood pouringfrom my sisters shattered head or my brothers broken body?I remember another man walking into my room. He spoke in a soothing

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