BWW Review: LOVE YOU MORE by Lisa Gardner
How far would you go to protect what's most important in your life? That's the question at the heart of Lisa Gardner's LOVE YOU MORE. I've never read anything by Gardner before, but the novel's synopsis caught my attention right away:
WHO DO YOU LOVE?
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?
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO . . .
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, 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 . . .
I normally don't include summaries in my reviews, but did this time since the back cover is more riveting than anything I could come up with. Besides, if I gave you any more of a summary than that, I'd be giving too much away. LOVE YOU MORE is one of those books. I don't read a lot of crime novels or watch shows such as NCIS, so perhaps parts of this novel have followed various stereotypes. I wouldn't know. For me, the novel was taut with suspense. It was hard to tell when to discard information as a red herring and when to file it away because it's important. There was one small sentence that I noticed and put in the back of my mind, but figured it probably wasn't as important as it seemed. I should have trusted my instincts the first time around.