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Love You More

(Tessa Leoni #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  43,212 ratings  ·  2,950 reviews
12 hours, 5 minutes


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?

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Published March 8th 2011 by Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Nikki It is part of two series actually. It's the first of the Tessa Leoni novels, followed by Touch & Go, and Crash & Burn. It's also the fifth novel in th…moreIt is part of two series actually. It's the first of the Tessa Leoni novels, followed by Touch & Go, and Crash & Burn. It's also the fifth novel in the D.D. Warren series. The first novel of that series is Alone.(less)

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Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love You More (D.D. Warren #5) (Tessa Leoni #1) by Lisa Gardner (Author), Kirsten Potter (Reading), Katie MacNichol (Reading)

I've decided I don't like D.D. Warren. She gets the job done but she does it by aggressively accusing everyone of something and threatening to ruin them if they don't cough up the information she accuses them of having. I do think the very good narration of rapid firing questions and accusations at the person D.D. is interrogating really shows the intense pressure she puts
Well, well, well. Lucky this reader remembered about Detective D. D. Love this character. Love the new Tessa Leoni, too! The only bummer was I read this one book late, and mucked up the order, but no biggie. A 9 month time lapse to be precise!

The demure looking Lisa Gardner donned in twin set and jeans that we see on the back cover of her books, is a pretty version of a killer writer. What I mean is she looks so straight laced but what she delivers on the page is crazy kick-ass, for want of a be
4.5 Stars

Before I say anything insightful and deep about this book, LOL, I have to say this:

This book has one of the strongest, baddassest and most kickass heroines in the entire fictional world.

And it felt plausible. Well, plausible for a fictional story.

And not only that. It’s also edge-of-the-seat good. I didn’t put my Kindle away until I reached the last page and that happens never.

The story is told in a very, very clever way and the reader is kept in the dark the whole time. I kept think
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the plot of a thriller just gets “curiouser and curiouser” until, well, until it all makes sense. Love You More, Lisa Gardner’s fifth D.D. Warren novel in which she also introduces Tessa Leoni as a strong protagonist, was one of those examples for me.

Tessa, a Massachusetts state trooper, is arrested for the murder of her husband Brian and is suspected of murdering her six-year-old daughter Sophie. Boston P.D. Sergeant D.D. Warren thinks she did it. Her former partner and lover, Bobby D
Joseph Finder
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read this year. This was my Amazon review:

I've been a fan of Lisa's D.D. Warren series for some time, but she's truly outdone herself with this one. It grabs you on the first page and keeps you guessing until the final chapter, moving effortlessly between first person and third person narration, weaving an extraordinary amount of research into nonstop action.

Love You More starts with a crime we think we understand. Massachusetts State Trooper Tessa Leoni's husband Bria
It’s the worst kind of call for law enforcement to receive. It comes from one of their own, a Massachusetts state trooper who’s been involved in a shooting in her own home and her six-year old daughter is missing. Trooper Tessa Leone sits battered on her kitchen floor with her husband lying dead nearby, killed by bullets that came from her gun. Massachusetts State Detective Bobby Dodge immediately contacts Boston Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren when he arrives on scene. The more they investigate ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Over the years I have read quite a few of Lisa Gardner's books. Even though I haven't read all of the books in this series I still found it to be a very good read on it's own. It grabbed me right off from the first page and I was kept guessing until the very end. I had a hard time putting it down.

Trooper Tessa Leoni's husband Brian is dead and she herself has been beaten and is covered in bruises. It looks like a clear cut case of a batter
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective-crime
"Love You More" by Lisa Gardner was an amazing novel.What will a mother do to protect her daughter.I couldn't put this book down.It is a mystery about a mother, Tess, charged with murdering her husband and possibly her 6-yr-old daughter, Sophie, as well. The Boston police arrest Tess, a state trooper who doesn’t have much faith in cops because of her past experience. Tess lies to the police and devises a plan to find her daughter’s kidnapper on her own and rescue her daughter against all odds no ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, made-me-cry
What a book!
Its been 6 hours after I read the book and I still can't calm down all those emotions that has be triggered by this book.This is a book that tells a story about the great love of a mother to her child and how she manages to do everything in her power to save her child.As you read the book, you can't remain indifferent to all those emotions in the heart of Tessa and Sophie, in the last 35 pages I could not calm down the emotions and the tears just couldn't stop, I know, it's just a bo
"... there really were multiple layers of Hell, and no matter how deep you'd thought you'd fallen, there was still someplace deeper and darker to go."

Tessa Leoni is a Massachusetts State Trooper. She has been beaten almost to death. Her husband, Brian, is dead in their kitchen. At first glance it would appear to be another tragic case of a battered wife defending herself. But their six year old daughter, Sophie, is missing. And Tessa's story is full of holes and inconsistencies. Holes and incons
Dana Griffin
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. God. Before you begin this book, clear your schedule, send your children off, and prepare to go without sleep. Once you're halfway through this book, you won't be able to stop reading. I'd give this book ten, or one hundred star rating if I could.

Note to any would be assassins, or child abductors: don't murder the husband or abduct the child of a Massachuetts State Police officer, or suffer the consequences. This is the premise of this book.

Ms. Gardner always comes up with interesting p
Apr 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, crime, rubbish
What would you think about the following line in a modern novel:

“Every man has a moment in his life when he realizes he genuinely loves a woman, and she’s just not worth it.”

Right: What an arrogant asshole! You would at once throw the book where it belongs – into the waste-bin.

But I misquoted. You find the correct quote on page 256 and it reads like that:

“Every woman has a moment in her life when she realizes she genuinely loves a guy, and he’s just not worth it.”

On then Amazon-ebook it’s the
3.5 stars

This was a surprisingly enjoyable read. I was in a mood for something mysterious and twisted, and got exactly that.

When I read Touch and Go, I didn't realized that that book was the second in the series. When I bought It last year on Amazon, no where, at that time, was it mentioned that it was part of the series. It read like a stand alone. I only realized that when I came across this book. Weird. This book is actually the fifth in D.D. Warren series, and some sort of spin off of the n
May 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just started and so far it's a struggle. Very poorly edited, I keep highlighting mistakes and it's very distracting.

I am two thirds done and I have no idea why this books is so popular. A page turner? Hardly, I can't read more than a few pages at a time. The characters? Nobody seems to be particularly likeable and I find D.D. Warren so irritating I am actually hoping she fails miserably in her investigation. As for the story, very complicated in a very silly way. I am trying hard to finish it bu
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tessa is a bad ass Momma that people should not mess with, and I loved everything about this book!! This instalment in the series does not disappoint. Detective D.D grew on me a bit more and I still can’t get enough of Bobby! This one centres around a parent’s love for their child and explores the lengths that we will go to protect them. I highly recommend both this book and the series!
Freda Malone
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't be shocked but this is my first Lisa Gardner read and I loved it.

Tessa, the protagonist, a law enforcement officer and mother of Sophie, has shot and killed her husband after a brutal beating. Little Sophie is gone and nowhere to be found. Tessa is arrested after several clues have shown that she is lying about the details. It is up to Tessa, the mama bear, to strategically escape the confines of her closely guarded hospital room and find her little girl.

A brilliant start to a series. I
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG I would have never guessed the ending. I loved the way Lisa Gardner keeps you guessing to the very end. I will be reading every book she puts out. Especially if they all keep you guessing like this one.
First off, the TWs: kidnapping, murder, plenty of gun and knife violence, pregnancy, intimate partner violence


I live in Boston, okay? Where these books are ostensibly set. And so far, they've been pretty okay on the details. Well, the first couple were, and they've been deteriorating. And then we get to THIS book.


And it's the kind of shit that would take literally ninety seconds of internetting. A hospital IN BOSTON with a Wal-Mart a few
Sherri Thacker
I loved Lisa Gardner’s latest book “Find Her”so much that I went to my library and picked up “Love You More”. Wow!! This book had so many twists and turns from the get go, I had a hard time figuring what was going to happen next!!! But i did find myself confused during a lot of it. (Maybe because it took me 3 weeks to read it?) For this reason, I’m giving it 3 stars.
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the better female thriller writers
Recommended to Mark by: A lovely picture on the back of a book
There are many reasons for reading a book and perhaps one of the more shameful reasons is to really fancy the writer because of the picture of her. I did buy her novel mainly for that reason and remembering that her name came up in a few recommendations.

Love you more is the story of two women Gardners' D.D. Warren & state police trooper Tessa Leonie. With both their voices the book is written.
D.D. Warren being one of the main characters of Gardners oeuvre, and Tessa Leonie being the "victim" of
From start to finish, this book was the best kind of adrenaline rush. I devoured it in one sitting. Honest to God ... could NOT put it down and now want to binge read this entire series! I am head over heels in love with this author’s storytelling. It’s smart and exciting (I had to steal this quote from a friend who suggested I read this because it describes this book to a t). If you love fast paced thriller, I can not recommend this title enough!

P.S. Thank you, Lynn, for this amazing rec! I owe
Love You More
4 Stars

Lisa Gardner's fast paced writing style and captivating plots are the reason she is one of my favorite crime authors, particularly her Quincy/Rainie series. Unfortunately, her D.D. Warren books have never been stellar (perhaps because D.D. herself is not that likable a heroine) but Love You More breaks this unremarkable trend.

Once again, the perspective alternates between first and third person. While this has irritated me in the past, it works well here as it adds to the ch
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Lisa Gardner's release prior to this one was entitled `Live To Tell' and if I am being 100% honest it wasn't my favourite of her books. There was a certain element of `supernatural' to that book and it just didn't sit right with me. Thankfully, she has returned to her former glory of producing a fantastic crime novel featuring DD Warren.

DD Warren is featured in a series of books and this latest book is number 5 in the series. Detective D.D Warren is a very headstrong woman working in a predomina
Mar 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately Gardner and I do not get along.

I liked the premise of this novel and the plot had real potential to be interesting and twisted, but Gardner seems to love creating arrogant, self-righteous female characters who can do no wrong so she just stomped all over my hopes for this novel.

I knew I was not going to enjoy the character of DD because I find her stereotypical character type so annoying, so I started with this novel to give the Tessa story line a chance. Turns out Tessa is exactly
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tessa Leoni is a victim, no she's the villian, no she's the victim, no she's the villan! Lisa Gardner sure screws with my head. I'm still getting use to her style of writing, and I'm liking it, but it still has me scratching my head at times :)

What would you do if your 6 year old daughter was taken from you, then your husband shot in front of you, and then you (as a cop) had to take the blame for it all?

Red herring after red herring, but a good chase it was!

I liked this book on so many levels an
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the second book by this author that I've read. I didn't like it as much as the other one, but I like the way this author builds suspicion. She deflects and shifts very well, and then she gives the reader unexpected twists....which I love.

The plot felt a little far fetched...okay, I'm being polite. It felt extremely far fetched at times. But she gets an A for creativity.

The main issue that grated on me a little was the MC, DD Warren. I had a hard time believing her character....and I fou
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, suspense
This plot would not be possible in your dreams. Lisa Gardner is a detailed writer but this book was about 150 pages longer than it needed to be and it was way over the top. One could not even imagine that these events could occur or someone could do handle what the central character in this book had to handle. All thru the book you find yourself saying "yea, right!"

This is a difficult review to write because I realize the time and effort that goes into a book. Wish I could rate it higher. Being
Ivi Oltovska
I loved it :)
Read: February 2018
Rating: 5/5 stars

Love You More introduces the character of Tessa Leonie in a case that seems like a simple case of self defence - she shot her own husband after receiving a severe beating in their family home. However Tessa's young daughter is also missing and as D.D. Warren investigates the more twists and turns start appearing in the story.

This was another excellent book in the DD Warren series, and it seems that this is also the first book in a secondary series featuring Te
Gardner shows great talent in emotional engagement and tense plotting in this murder mystery placed in Boston, 5th in a series of 7 so far featuring tough homicide detective D.D. Warren.

Gardner’s special talent lies in domestic situations that go bad. This story starts out with police being called to a shooting of a husband by his wife who is terribly beaten, a seeming open and shut case of defense from domestic violence. The victim/suspect is Tessa Leoni, a state trooper. Her 8 year old child
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