Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Book Review: Love You More by Lisa Gardner

Five and a half hours out to Syracuse, five and a half hours home - nearly a perfect interval for Lisa Gardner's New York Times bestseller "Love You More". The NYT almost never steers me wrong - and Love You More was no exception.

The Audible Publisher's Summary:
One question, a split-second decision, and 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?

For Tessa Leoni, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with nowhere to turn, no one to trust, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training, every trick at her disposal, 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. Love you more...

This was my first read (listen) by Lisa Gardner - but it won't be my last. The first few hours of the book were predictable - foolishly so. I had a lot of questions about why Tessa wasn't more concerned about the whereabouts of her daughter, why an innocent (or seemingly so) woman - particularly one who made her living as a state trooper - would make the decisions Tessa Leoni made. The dots don't line up for a while - and when they do it's a bit of an unexpected thrill. I love to be wrong about characters as a novel winds to a close and that feeling that the author has completely manipulated the audience.

The dual narators of "Love You More" were Kirsten Potter (as DD) and Katie MacNichol (as Tessa) were fantastic- down to the Boston and Massachusetts accents. Voicing both women as rough and a bit edgy, tough, hardworking honest salt of the earth people that is so stereotypical Boston and New England.

Love You More was written by Lisa Gardner and published in audio book format by Random House Audio. Love You More was narrated by Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol with an audible release date of March 8th, 2011. Love You More is unabridged and has a running time of 12 hours 8 minutes.

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