This story leaves you pleasantly unsure about the guilt of one of the main characters. Is she really a monster or a protective mom? If you are a smart-ass like me, than as the case builds from the detective's negative perspective or from the mom's point of view you lean the opposite way. But you don't really know for sure and that is half the fun when listening to this well produced yarn.
It was a good idea to use two voices for the main characters.
Clean the kitchen, do that boring 30 minutes on the elliptical, or caught in an excruciating traffic jam - no problem - there is always a good book like "Love You More" for relieving the tedium. I have a rule that I don't listen to a book unless something is being accomplished. This gives me a lot of good habits. Occasionally I will finish my workout or chore and I will sit down in a comfy chair and stare blindly out into space and let the book continue because it is so good and a intense scene is unfolding.
I must admit to being guilty of this transgression a couple of times when listening to Lisa Gardner's book.
"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you," and Lias Gardner ALWAYS makes you paraniod -- another great installment to the series. Once you start, you can't stop until you get to the end, but you're worried about what's waiting at the end-- as usual. Can't wait for the next one.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (mystery/detective) - Wow, what a ride! This story is intriguing and suspenseful till the very end. Tessa, a Massachusetts State Trooper, is accused of killing her husband and hiding or killing her young daughter, Sophie. There are two narrators telling the story from the perspectives of two of the main characters -- D.D. Warren, the female Boston detective investigating the case, and Tessa herself as she tries to find her daughter and clear her name. It's definitely not classic literature and there are a few places where I scratched my head as to a character's motive or common sense, but then the suspense would snap me right back into the story. Tessa is smart and tough as nails. You will love how she works to outsmart everyone, and you will totally understand my headline by the end of the book.
PERFORMANCE - There are two good female narrators, a deeper voice with a Boston-ish accent for DD and a softer voice for Tessa. I loved the distinction as the characters told their stories.
OVERALL - This book is cop versus cops, so there's action, cursing and killing, but nothing that I'd consider graphic violence. No sex. This is Book 5 in a series about Detective DD Warren, but the story stands alone. It's my first book by this author, but I plan to look for more. Women will especially like this story because they will identify with Tessa's plight, but guys will definitely like it too. Recommended for anyone who likes police procedural mysteries.
I am a Lisa Gardner fan, considering her a pretty decent read or listen. Love You More is one of her best. You relate to the main character, state patrol officer, Tessa Leoni, and Katie MacNichol does a fantastic job of reading and becoming her. As always, Kirstin Potter is D.D Warren, am not sure anyone else could portray her as well.
The story keeps you intrigued, moving from past to present with ease where you don't have to back up your ipod and go 'What?'.
The story is simple to understand but unexpected and I know more than one time I felt the love this woman had for her daughter and understood it. The ending brought a few tears to my eyes.
The only bad part, for me, was D.D Warren herself. I find her character sometimes too hard, too obstinant, picking things apart to the point where its ridiculous. I understand she is supposed to see the bad in all things but you find yourself saying..oh for goodness sake..you're a cop? So, as always, I find that she can rub me the wrong way. And during this book, Lisa Gardner does try to add some sensitivity to her, but she misses in the fact that it isn't for Tessa, it's for herself. and I feel it falls a little flat.
BUT, I wouldn't pass up this book, it kept me wanting to listen, which I have done by going back several times since owning it, and listening to it again. The story was just that clever for me. That emotional. I don't feel you'd be disappointed.
I think that when I downloaded this book, someone had said the this was "maybe" Lisa Gardner's best book. "Maybe", my you know what!
It IS her best book! I liked what the readers did with the voices and how they weaved the web. I listen in the car and multiple times I was yelling WOA! or WHAT????
You will love this book.
This was my first Lisa Gardner book, so I didn't know what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. Since listening to some of her other stories, this is not her best one, but definitely a good listen. Keeps you on your toes and keeps you guessing. Lots of twists and turns and pretty good narration. Some of it was frustrating because I didn't really like the main character that much, but it was still a good listen.
It pulled me in and I couldn't stop till the end and then I listened to it againLisa Gardner has a way of bringing out all your emotions with great characters.
Tesse Leone was a great character she seemed so fragile in the beginning but she is anything but especially training to fight at the academy. Det. DD Warren is great i LOVE her character but only when Kirsten Potter is narrating.this is a story about what a mother would do to save her child and the emotions run high.It also has a bit of humor with DD Warren being pregnant.
I would give them a 10 if I could. I cannot listen to a book that Kirsten Potter was not Det DD Warren. Katie Mac Nichol has a soft sweet voice the opposite of Potter. together they worked well
Yes it certainly made me cry and even laugh a little
This is on my top ten books to listen to and I'm sure I will listen to it again.
This mystery is filled with twists and turns!! You never knew what was coming next. I literally stopped doing all the responsibilities I could get out of just so I could keep listening to this book. I truly wish there were more books like this one!!!!
Life is great!
I probably would listen to this again after some time. I truly enjoyed the story and the narrator!
I enjoyed the telling of how Tessa and her husband met and the romance that followed even though this is primarily a who done it!
I wouldn't listen to this book in one sitting because part of the enjoyment is thinking about the story and characters throughout the day. Take your time and enjoy. I would recommend this book and author to everyone that like a really good mystery.
This book was very well written and performed. The two voices for the two viewpoints made the book easy to follow. I loved the twists and the way you just weren't sure what was going on until the end. A real whodunnit!!