I Love You More, by Jennifer Murphy (2014)

Genre: Mystery
Interest Level: Adult
I Love You MoreOliver Lane is murdered early in the morning in a beach house on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. He is survived by his wife Diana and their 11-year-old daughter Picasso. And his other wife, Jewels, and their twin sons. And a third wife, Roberta “Bert” Miles, who didn’t take his name. Three women, all of them soon suspects in the eyes of Detective Kyle Kennedy. The story develops slowly as the perspective shifts between Picasso, Detective Kennedy, and the collective voice of the three wives (an innovative approach!). Even Oliver has a cameo as a spirit. It’s not easy for a novelist to maintain distinctive voices for so many characters, but Murphy, a first-time novelist, manages it with panache. Picasso in particular is well developed as a smart, sassy, emotional, and somewhat melancholy young character. I especially loved the sideplot of her relationship with Ryan and Lucy, the joy she finds in words, and her puzzlement over boy-girl relationships. (Although she is rather young for this, no? Even at age 12, which is what the book’s intro says, though she mentions several times she is 11.) The murder is not easily solved by Detective Kennedy and his partner Mack, and it will keep most readers guessing as well. A thoroughly enjoyable and original mystery, and a very promising start to a career for Murphy.
More discussion and reviews of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18525793

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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