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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 featuring her father with two strange boys. Picasso remembers lifting the phone, listening to late night calls with Bert, a woman heavily pregnant with Oliver's fourth child. As the police circle and a detective named Kyle Kennedy becomes a regular fixture in their home, Picasso tries to make sense of her father's death, the depth of his deceit, and the secrets that bind these three women. Cunningly paced and plotted, I Love You More is a riveting novel of misplaced loyalty, jealousy, and revenge.
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By Delah on 07-19-14
I just wanted it to be over
"I Love You More" is catalogued under "mysteries/thrillers". It is not a thriller and not much of a mystery. The summary says it is "riveting". It is definitely not riveting. It was more like torture waiting for it to end. This book was all filler. The last chapter, i.e. the last 20 min could have been told in chap 2 and saved the reader 9 hrs out of their life. The rest of the book is mostly about the young girl's life at school, trying to fit in with the popular girls, trying to get a guy to like her, her passion for words and spelling, etc. There is a little detective work depicted in the novel but it is not the main focus, just a mention here and there. Mostly filler, just filler.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By RueRue on 06-19-14
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
This was a page turner with literary pretentious. I do not mean that in a negative way, just that the author intended this to be more than just a fast-paced "who-done-it". I liked the main narrator, Picasso, read by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, but the character of Oliver was seriously underdeveloped.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I did not like the first person plural sections, spoken by "the wives". Their respective perspectives could have been told in first person singular, as was the rest of the book. The premise of the story also doesn't hold up to much scrutiny, it's a bit implausible. However, for a few hours of character-driven escapism, it was quite enjoyable.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful