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Hard to Put Down

  • Mar 25, 2012
Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.

For some reason when I think of my favorite mystery authors, I seldom think of Lisa Gardner, and I should because I really enjoy her books. In LOVE YOU MORE, Boston Police Sergeant DD Warren and Massachusetts State Police Detective Bobby Dodge are once again thrown together to investigate a case. State Police Trooper Tessa Leoni has admitted to killing her abusive husband, Brian Darby. It seems very cut and dried, except for one thing: Leoni's six-year-old daughter, Sophie, is missing, and she refuses to talk about it. She also refuses to talk about her relationship with her husband, why she killed him and then froze his body before allowing it to be discovered. She won't even tell them what happened to her husband's dog. Leoni is arrested, but escapes from the County Jail, leaving Warren and Dodge to try to figure out exactly what happened the day Brian Darby was killed and the location of Sophie Leoni.

While I received a print copy of this book from Amazon Vine, I actually listened to the audio version, which was very well read by Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol.

I enjoyed this book a lot, and sometimes wished my daily commute were longer so I could listen to more of it at a time. The interplay between DD and Bobby was as good as always. A new dynamic was added this time as DD realizes she is pregnant, and Bobby, now happily married to a character from one of the previous novels and a father himself, wrestles with how to provide support to his former lover, while DD wrestles with the idea of being a mother, a role in which she has never seen herself.

Tessa Leoni is an intelligent strategist and a darned good street fighter, a worthy adversary for Warren and Dodge. If you are a fan of Dodge and Warren, you will find this to be one of the best books in the series. If you have never read one of these books before, this would be a good one to start with.

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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?
. . . 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 . . .

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