Saturday, April 16, 2011

Love You More; Lisa Gardner

Title: Love You More (book #5 of a series)
Author: Lisa Gardner
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Random House Audio
Edition: audiobook
Readers: Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol
Source: Library
Date Completed: 4/15/2011 
Setting: Boston, MA area
Rating: 4/5

I don't read a lot of thrillers, but Lisa Gardner is one author that I really always seem to enjoy. Her latest release (2011) is the 5th book in the Boston Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren Series.  However, in my opinion, it isn't necessary to read the series in order. The series follows this order, in case you were curious:
  1. Alone (2005)
  2. Hide (2007)
  3. The Neighbor (my favorite) (2009)
  4. Live to Tell (2010)
  5. Love You More (2011)
In Love You More One, Boston Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren, and her partner Detective Bobby Dodge are called to the home of Tessa Leoni, a Massachusetts State Trooper.  Inside they find Brian Darby, Tessa's husband,  dead on the kitchen floor with three bullet wounds to the chest. Tessa claims to have shot him in self-defense, and the bloody lip, swollen eye and other marks on her body, seem to go along with her story.  When the detectives learn that Tessa's six year old daughter Sophie Leoni is missing, but Tessa is not talking, the detectives begin to suspect that their might be more to this case than what they originally thought. A dead stepfather, a missing child,  a mother who seems to be hiding something, and is not anxious to aid in the investigation to find her child. Was Sophie kidnapped, could she have been abused, is she still alive, what really happened the night Brian Darby was shot dead.

The story is told in alternating chapters from the POV of Tessa Leoni and Sergeant D.D. Warren.  The reader gets a glimpse into the background of Tessa growing up. An incident that occurred when she was a teenager makes the reader wonder what is really going on in Leoni's mind, and why isn't she talking or cooperating with the investigation, or trying to find her daughter?

The audio book was read by Kirsten Potter and  Katie MacNichol who both did a great job. The story held my interest all the way though, as I was anxious to find out what really happened to Brian Darby and Tessa's daughter.  If you enjoy good thriller's with believable characters, I think you'll like this book as well as others by Lisa Gardner.


  1. I'm glad to see the series doesn't have to be read in order because this is the only one of the books I have. I've heard great things about Gardner, so I'm really looking forward to this one.

  2. I'm also interested to see the alternating narrator since this is something I've tried.

  3. That sounds just like the kind of thriller I like, especially the alternating POV!

  4. I have the print version of this one on my shelves, and can't wait to dive in!

    I've read the whole series, apparently, except for Live to Tell. Missed that one...

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. That would be cool if we could pick a narrator!

  6. I haven't read any Lisa Gardner. I used to read more thrillers in the past but not as much any more.

  7. I don't like thrillers much either but once in a while they are just what I'm in the mood for. I should say... suspense!

    I'm listening to a Laura Lippman title this weekend, I like her stuff!

  8. I don't read alot of thrillers either, but your review has made this one sound really interesting; I too want to know what happened to the child now :)

  9. Thanks for the heads up, we like a good thriller and a series is even better. I don't get out much so I hadn't heard of her. She's on my list now!!!

  10. I read a lot of thrillers and have read many of her books but for some reason I can never remember which I read and which I did the latest is always safe!

  11. I'm a Gardner fan and just got this from Amazon Vine!

  12. I had a treat to experience in the local North Florida indie beach bookstore when Lisa Gardner came to town. She was fun to listen to, and I'm excited to read this one. Currently, my mother-in-law borrowed it from me and I'll try to read it as soon as she sends it back to me. Can't wait and am glad to see that you enjoyed it!


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