The 2012 One Book One Valley choice is Love You More by local author, Lisa Gardner. Amazon’s description of this riveting thriller is as follows: “Love You More starts with a crime we think we understand. Massachusetts State Trooper Tessa Leoni’s husband Brian is dead in their kitchen, and Trooper Leoni has been beaten almost to death. It looks to everyone like a case of a battered wife defending herself at last. But Leoni’s six-year-old daughter, Sophie, is missing, and the trooper’s story is full of holes–holes that become even wider and more curious as Boston Police Detective Sergeant D.D. Warren and her old lover, friend and former partner Bobby Dodge investigate.
Warren is dealing with issues of her own, as her relationship with Alex reaches a major turning point, one with implications for Warren’s investigation and beyond. (I’m not going to give away what that is. You’ll have to read it to find out for yourself.) The nature and power of Trooper Leoni’s attachment to her daughter are central to this story: just how much does Leoni love her daughter, and to what lengths will she go to protect her? Is it possible that a mother so devoted could kill her own child?
As Warren and Dodge follow the trail of clues, they uncover secrets at every turn: a terrible crime in Leoni’s adolescence, a shameful secret of her husband’s, and unimaginable betrayal among comrades and friends. Stakes escalate to a climax that is shocking, sad and deeply satisfying.
Love You More will be made available at the participating libraries in mid-September. Book discussions will take place at each library plus other adjunct programs. Stay tuned to the One Book One Valley website to watch for developments.
2012 One Book One Valley: Love You More by Lisa Gardner