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I Love You More

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,959 ratings  ·  407 reviews
One man, three wives, the perfect murder. A scintillating novel of betrayal and conspiracy.

Picasso Lane is twelve years old when her father, Oliver, is murdered at their summer beach house. Her mother, Diana, is the primary suspect—until the police discover his second wife, and then his third. The women say they have never met—but Picasso knows otherwise. Picasso remember
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2014)
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Kristi Absolutely! And with her high IQ, usually sociopaths are incredibly smart. It was an odd book. I'm not sure what to think of it.…moreAbsolutely! And with her high IQ, usually sociopaths are incredibly smart. It was an odd book. I'm not sure what to think of it.(less)
sublimosa <spoiler> Did anyone else expect Diane and Kyle to be pregnant with Oliver's "reincarnation? </spoiler>…more<spoiler> Did anyone else expect Diane and Kyle to be pregnant with Oliver's "reincarnation? </spoiler>(less)

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Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Very enjoyable book. The circumstances that brought the wives together were not ideal, yet I liked the camaraderie the women shared. And to me, at least, the ending was a total surprise.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I Love You More
Jennifer Murphy

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Oh my! Three blonde wives...four children and one dead husband...the question is...who murdered Oliver?

My thoughts after reading this book...

This book was so deliciously good! A steamy day at the beach...Oliver is shot and killed...and one very clever policeman keeps finding out about all of these wives and asking questions. He was like Columbo...he never stopped! The way this book is written...we know what is happening but we don't e
Feb 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well, this was a weird little book. I'm more than a little surprised that so many people liked this. I didn't care for the characters, the storyline or the writing. There were so many things that just didn't work to make the story or the characters plausible. The skinny-dipping, the Barbie-dolls, the spying child, the "way she would ensure her scent and his lust blinded him". There was a bit of an eww factor to some of this story and the rest wasn't much better. ...more
La Tonya  Jordan
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to La Tonya by: Tanya
Shelves: good-read
Picasso Lane is a ten year old little girl who is the regional spelling bee champion. She is the smartest kid in her class and is often picked on by the "AllThatGirls" click. She eventual wins them over and finds herself with a boyfriend, Ryan Anderson. This is the second story line in the book.

The first story line in the book is her mother, Diane Lane, planning to murder her father with his other two wives, Jewel Lane and Roberta Miles. Oliver Lane tells each one the same lie of "I love you mor
One man, three wives, the perfect murder. A scintillating novel of betrayal and conspiracy.

Picasso Lane is twelve years old when her father, Oliver, is murdered at their summer beach house. Her mother, Diana, is the primary suspect—until the police discover his second wife, and then his third. The women say they have never met—but Picasso knows otherwise. Picasso remembers the morning beautiful Jewels showed up at their house, carrying the same purse as her mother, and a family portrait featurin
Thank you Doubleday and GR giveaways for a copy of the book.

3.7 stars

This story has an interesting premise… a man, Oliver, is murdered and his 3 wives are suspect, but the wives supposedly have never met. Oliver has children with each of these wives and 3 separate lives he tries to navigate. The book starts off with police arriving at the scene of the crime and then the author works her way backwards to explain all that happened. The chapters narratives switch from 3 different perspectives, a da
Kelsey Hanson
Nov 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
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This book was trying too many gimmicks at once: a child narrator wise beyond her years, the obsession with definitions, the beat was too much for me.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I honestly picked up this book intrigued by the premise...."Plural" wives and a young daughter beyond her years. My, my! Who did in the scoundrel of a husband, pray tell? After reading the first few pages, the voice and perspective of this young Picasso was way off. Even if she were gifted and a prodigy, the dialog was forced and tilted as an adult trying desperately to pull off a young girl's mindset. Yes, maybe this would be entertaining for a beach read, but the majority of us saw the ending ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
An unscrupulous husband’s murder produces many suspects in what is an absorbing debut. Revolving around the murder of lawyer Oliver Lane, who is found shot dead at his beach house on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The victim's wife seems the likely suspect until two other women come forward claiming to married to him, and that sees the investigation go off in many unusual turns. It is up to Detective Kyle Kennedy to try and unravel the mystery of who killed Oliver. This is something that is made ...more
Ms BookAholic
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: suspense readers

Three wives and one husband.

Then a murdered husband

I came across this book through my library. It was a blind date book. The three words describing the book were Betrayal, Love Triangles, Murder.

It was definitely too good to pass up and I'm very thankful that it's the one I picked. Through out the book the writing is set-up in the format of the characters as the chapters. Which for me I didn't mind one bit. It made the book more interesting and you could really get into the characters thoughts.
Emily M
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would, and I ending up reading it in a day. It's definitely a fun read with better prose and perhaps better pacing than some of the others I've read in this genre lately. The book cover synopsis seemed to really lay out the the ins and outs of the crime, but there were several big surprises that really subverted my expectations.

I was, however, really turned off by the one chapter voiced by Oliver. I found it to be really strange and distracting -- an
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Picasso,a very smart teen, is our narrator. She recounts the events as her father is murdered and her mother and her father two other wives becomes the center of the investigation for the murder. I really liked Picasso as our main narrator and I liked the mystery. I was very surprised at the end. Really good smart mystery.
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of one man with three wives who plans his perfect murder. Oliver Kane is a womanizer who has made a reputation in pretending that he is the ideal mate. While he is married to the beautiful Diana, she is not the only on on his radar. Although his vulnerable daughter Picasso refuses to believes what is said about her loving Daddy, she is outnumbered by the three wives that wants his blood. As the innocent eleven year old, Picasso will like to believe that her Father is the perfect ...more
Mahoghani 23
Never in a million years would the name of the book describe the storyline so completely. To be in love and have someone abuse the love you have for them is enough to make you want to kill him or her. Three women, married to the same man decides they’re going to kill the man who hurt them.

Diana Lane, Julia Lane and Bert Miller are married to the same man. They finally come to the realization that Oliver Lane, their husband, is a sociopath. They decide to murder him and then wait one year later
”He told each of us that he loved us more than anyone and anything in the world, and, as if he were slicing the palm of his hand with a knife and commingling our blood, he pledged his undying love with the same, now haunting words: I love you more than life itself."

My favorite cop show of all time- as well as my favorite show of all time, period- is In the Heat of the Night. It’s based off the movie of the same name and follows police force in the fictional town of Sparta, Georgia. It’s one
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of I LOVE YOU MORE through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Three wives, three homes, three offices, three entirely different lives. This is the unbelievable secret that Oliver Lane has been keeping for years. When Oliver is murdered during a beach vacation with one of his wives, there is no lack of suspects. The story is told from different points of view, beginning with Oliver’s 12 year old daughter Picasso. Picasso knows that her mother has been acting very strangely and w
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, first-reads
5 Stars!

Definitely worth reading!

First of all, I would like to say that I was very happy to receive a free copy from the publisher from the First Reads program on

"I Love You More" by Jennifer Murphy had me completely immersed into the book. I fell in love with the character of 12-year-old Picasso Lane. She reminded me of my younger self: intelligent, bullied, at first a little chubby, but she rose above. She became "Super Picasso", as she said in the novel. Like Picasso, I also us
In a word this book is brilliant! It's so well written and is one of those books that is so good that you don't want it to end. I don't want to give away anything about the plot but I just want to say you won't be sorry if you read this one! ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I read a LOT of mysteries and was excited when a librarian recommended it. And the premise sounded interesting. AS others have mentioned, one man with three wives, ends up dead. The story is told through various voices, one of his children, a precocious tween named Picasso, the wives (one of the niftiest conceits), the detective and, eventually, the murdered man. Sadly, however, the book didn't work for me. It all came down to the characters not feeling true (which I find inexcusable - she said ...more
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book sucked me in from the start, and I felt that I had to keep reading to find out what happened and how it happened. I hope to never meet any of these people in real life, but they were compelling characters. A few of the situations and characters seemed a little implausible, but that didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy was a book that I featured as one of my Waiting on Wednesday picks back in October 2013. It just sounded so intriguing to me that I knew it was going to be something that I would want to read. I was fortunate to receive a digital copy to read in advance, but I’ve held off reading it for quite some time. Let me tell you, it is a good thing I managed to hold off on reading I Love You More until closer to the actual release date of the books because it was so good ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars -- One man, three "wives", and a mystery -- who killed their husband?

This was a deliciously unputdownable novel that kept me turning the pages well into the night! The story unfolds with different points of view and moving back and forth in time. How did these women end up in this situation -- Diana, Jewels, and Bert...and why does each of them think that Oliver Lane loves her "more than life itself?" Once the women find out about each other, they meet and forumlate a plan. Bu
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
2013 was the year of the dysfunctional marriage novel (see: Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, Where’d You Go Bernadette), and it looks like 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the polygamous/polyamorous marriage plot. I just finished Jennifer Murphy’s, “I Love You More," and am eagerly awaiting Alice LaPlante's "Circle of Wives."

Told for the most part from the perspective of twelve year old Picasso Lane (can we talk about how fabulous that name is for a second?), daughter of the recently deceased Ol
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This one hooks in the reader right away with its premise - Oliver has been murdered. And each of this three wives are suspect. Split between the collective viewpoint of his wives, his eldest daughter, Picasso, and the police investigator, Detective Kennedy, this is a literary mystery that unfolds in an engaging manner. The author takes a serious direction with the storyline (though Oliver balancing his three unknowing wives could easily fit into a more comical take, like the film Eulogy).

The bul
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, thrillers
A guy who has three wives and three separate lives is murdered. This book kept me guessing all the way to the very end. The chapters alternate from the perspectives of Picasso, the 12 year old daughter of Oliver, one of the detectives investigating the case, and The Wives. The Wives chapters were super intriguing, as they were written from the perspective of all three wives collectively, something I've never seen before.
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Fans of Gone Girl and other psychologica
I received my copy of I Love You More through Goodreads' First Reads program just in time for Memorial Day. The timing could not have been more ideal. This book was perfect for indulging over the long weekend. Told from varying viewpoints (the daughter, the wives, the detective, etc.) the story effortlessly draws the reader along its twisted paths of desire, deception, and jealousy. It's deliciously soap opera-y. Recommended for folks who like their summer reads suspenseful and juicy. ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is another psychological domestic novel, along the lines of Gone Girl and A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, although I thought the ending was predictable. Overall, though, great read.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, but I liked how each chapter was from a different characters point of view. There is a bit of a predictable twist at the end, but still a worthwhile read.
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this mystery. It was wonderfully weaved and the characters were well thought-out. I loved the words and their definitions including why they were used. It was pretty wonderful and I thought this was a fantastic novel.
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Jennifer Murphy received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Washington in 2014. She is the recipient of the 2013 Loren D. Milliman Scholarship, and was a general contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference from 2008 through 2012, Tin House in 2008 and 2010, and Wildacres in 2007 and 2009. She has lived and studied in North Carolina, Colorado, and Michigan, and ...more

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