{Bookish Review} Love You More by Lisa Gardner

Love You More
By: Lisa Gardner
Series: Tessa Leoni #1
Published by: March 8th 2011 by Bantam
Genres: Adult Thriller
Source: Library

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.

Picked this book random on a trip to the library. The secrets and mysteries the book promises sealed the deal (plus a quick glimpse at Goodreads). I wasn't disappointed at all. The author weaved a captivating story about a mother and her determination to save her child.

Tessa claimed to have shot her husband in self-defense and their six-year-old-daughter was missing. Something didn't sit right with the detective D.D. Warren and things started to happen. This book brought me surprise after surprise as the story progresses. I do admit that I did not really get into the book during the first few chapters--it was written from the perspective of Tessa and D.D--and it was probably due to the fact that I wanted to unravel the mystery behind everything fast. In addition, something didn't feel quite right to be at the way it ended. It seemed to me like the character became quite powerful.

Overall, Love You More is a good thriller and I would definitely check out other books from the author.