Thriller Review: Love You More by Lisa Gardner (Outstanding)

Posted April 9, 2012 by Felicia S in 4.25 Wine Glasses / 2 Comments


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From Goodreads: WHO DO YOU LOVE?

Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?


As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets. Would a trained police officer truly shoot her own husband? And would a mother harm her own child?

. . . TO SAVE HER?

For Tessa Leoni, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with nowhere to turn and no one to trust. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training to do what must be done. No sacrifice is too great, no action unthinkable. A mother knows who she loves. And all others will be made to pay.

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(Gift from the Spring Book Exchange)
Challenges: Mystery/Thriller, Read for Fun
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00

First Thought when Finished: The ending was just perfect for this story!

What I Loved: Who do you love more? That was the question asked in the beginning by the killer and factored into every decision made by one of the victims. Usually it is the lead characters that are the most compelling but in this case it was the victim(s) (sorry for being general I just don’t want to give anything away). What extreme would you go to for someone you loved? Could you choose if you had to? What if you found out your life was even more different than you imagined? What if all of that came to a head of having to choose who you loved more? That is where the story begins and the journey of the victim is amazingly heartbreaking, crazy, and thrilling!

What I Liked: This is my first DD Warren read so I had no connection to her BUT I loved her gumption. She was tough as nails and I liked the way her mind worked. I will go back and read the first four in the series. She was the perfect detective for this case because she had an “assume nothing” rule. She is also highly perceptive and even occasionally wrong. I find something authentic in authors who write characters that are flawed and make mistakes. It makes me believe the outcome so much more!

Final Thoughts: This was a great “track down the killer” type of read! I knocked it out in just one day.


Felicia S
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2 responses to “Thriller Review: Love You More by Lisa Gardner (Outstanding)

  1. toothybooks

    i've only read one dd warren book too, but i really enjoyed it! i haven't read this one yet, but i'm definitely adding it to my wishlist.