Saturday, March 18, 2023

Book Review of 'Love You More'

Who do you love and how far would you go to save her?

A D.D. Warren novel by Lisa Gardner

Image of a mother & daughter walking in the woods


'Love You More' book cover
The Massachusetts State Police are called to the residence of Tessa Leoni, a young State Trooper from their barracks. Her husband lies dead on their kitchen floor and Tessa claims she has shot him in self-defense. Her bruises and injuries appear to back up her tale. But the worst part is that her six-year-old daughter, Sophie, is missing.

Because the state police cannot investigate one of their own, Detective D.D. Warren of the Boston Police Department is called in to handle the homicide investigation. Bobby Dodge, investigator for the State Police (and D.D.'s former lover) is assigned as liaison to work with Detective Warren. Bobby's input is helpful in seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper's mind.  Would a trained police officer shoot her own husband and would a mother harm her own child?  

Tessa is hospitalized for her injuries and is represented by her Union Rep and a lawyer and is not immediately available for questioning. The investigation into how and why Tessa's husband, Brian Darby, was shot three times mid-torso with Tessa's own police revolver is nearly stalled while they wait for Tessa to be able to answer their questions.

Image of an Amber Alert sign

An Amber Alert is put out state-wide for Sophie while D.D. And Bobby try to sort out the crime scene.

Meanwhile, for Tessa Leoni, the worst has yet to happen. She has nowhere to turn and trusts no one even as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. Tessa has one goal in sight and uses her training  to do what must be done. Because ~ a mother knows who she loves!


Love You More is Book 5 of 11 in Lisa Gardner's D.D. Warren suspense novels series. 

This story features two very believable female protagonists. Trooper Leoni tells us her own story in the first person while Warren's investigation is narrated in the third-person. Tessa Leoni's motives are discovered as the story continues, but her passion and conviction draw us in even before we know whether she is guilty or innocent. The reader roots for Warren and Dodge to make sure justice is done, but we cannot argue with Tessa's absolute drive to find her daughter.

Fans of Gardner's D.D. Warren series will definitely enjoy reading Love You More.

*Love You More Book Review is written by Wednesday Elf.

'Love You More' book cover
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  1. A missing child strikes a cord of fear so deep within me that I find it hard to read a book or watch a movie with a child victim. I have no doubt this mystery keeps a reader completely devoted to it's pages until the very end. As always, you have tempted me to pick up a suspense novel.

    1. Glad my review has drawn you in, Mouse. A very compelling story for sure.

  2. This sounds like a very compelling novel. Pat you never steer me wrong I will put this on my to read book. Can it be read as a stand alone or should I read the rest of the series first?

    1. Yes, Mary Beth, this novel can easily be read as a stand-alone story. Even though the D.D. Warren series has continuing characters, each book in the series is an individual story.

  3. A very compelling review, Pat, My first choice is historical fiction, but I do love a good mystery. Thanks for for this excellent review.

    1. Thanks, Sam, for your visit to my book review. In addition to good mysteries, I also enjoy following the stories of series characters such as police detective D.D. Warren in this one. She's always been one of my favorite book characters. :)

  4. I found myself drawn into the story through your review and wanting to read the rest, even though suspense is not my preferred genre. I might have to make an exception for this novel. Thanks for your excellent review of this compelling story!

    1. Glad to hear my review drew you in, Margaret. Thanks for your visit.

  5. Wow, my mother would have loved this book. You have me so curious about the details of this book - I have to admit this is genre I wouldn't read, or probably not even watch on tv, but your review is very intriguing!

  6. I think this book would keep you reading to the very end. What a compelling read. This sounds like a great book for anyone who likes suspense novels. Thank you for your excellent review!


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