I Love You More: A Novel

I Love You More: A Novel

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by Jennifer Murphy
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
01/01/2014
Oliver Lane has been murdered at his beach house, and his 12-year-old daughter, Picasso, knows something that the police are just learning: he had not one but three wives. There's serious in-house excitement for this debut from Murphy.
Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
Murphy’s debut, an absorbing coming-of-age story, revolves around the murder of Oliver Lane, shot dead at his beach house on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The victim had three wives, starting with his first and legal wife, Diana, a true Southern lady and the mother of his word-obsessed 12-year-old daughter, Picasso. Next, there’s Jewels, with twin boys and a suspicious attitude. Last, there’s Roberta “Bert” Miles, a homely, budget-conscious woman with a brand-new baby daughter. Det. Kyle Kennedy, recently transferred from the Detroit PD, investigates, viewing all the wives as suspects. Picasso, the principal narrator, knows the truth about the relationships among the wives, knows there are lies running rampant, and yet becomes one of the liars. While Kyle battles his inappropriate attraction to Diana, readers slowly piece together the truth through the eyes of Picasso, the detective, and the wives. Solid, well-defined characters make up for a standard plot that builds to a denouement most mystery fans will anticipate. Agent: Mitchell Waters, Curtis Brown. (June)
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Praise for I Love You More:

"When lawyer Oliver Lane is shot to death at the family’s summer rental on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, his wife appears a likely suspect. Then two other women who claim to be married to Oliver come forward, and the investigation takes several unusual turns. . . Told from multiple points of view . . . Murphy examines the periods before and after the murder while providing tantalizing glimpses into the minds of a manipulative sociopath and his targets. . . Her fluent style and descriptive language produce a very readable story with well-articulated characters. A thoughtfully written, original and entertaining exploration of events ignited by love and lies."
—Kirkus

“Murphy’s debut, an absorbing coming-of-age story, revolves around the murder of Oliver Lane, shot dead at his beach house on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The victim had three wives, starting with his first and legal wife, Diana, a true Southern lady and the mother of his word-obsessed 12-year-old daughter, Picasso… Readers slowly piece together the truth through the eyes of Picasso, the detective, and the wives. Solid, well-defined characters.”
—Publishers Weekly

"Oliver Lane was a busy family man. He had three families going, with growing children (and one in the womb) from three different wives. One day, Oliver is found, his scheming head shot off, on the porch of his summer house on an island on the North Carolina coast. His 12-year-old daughter discovers his body.
And this girl, Picasso Lane, is the first point of view in Murphy’s debut mystery. . . Tangled relationships. . . good suspense and a nicely creepy tone throughout."
—Booklist

“In Jennifer Murphy’s I Love You More, betrayal and anger overwhelm love and reason. Murphy infuses this drama with a throbbing ‘gotta know’ that forced this reader to say goodbye to sleep.”
—Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of The Comfort of Lies

“Jennifer Murphy's polyvocal novel is not only an achievement in narrative control and suspense, but a mystery that is as much about its characters' inner lives as its gripping plot. I Love You More is a terrifically ambitious debut.”
—Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

“When I really, truly love a book, I feel a kind of deep excitement-envy-admiration that verges on awe. My requirements: the story must make me forget everything but it, and the writing must be lean, evocative, and powerful. I Love You More is all of these things. I really, truly love it so much that I wish I’d written it myself. In its pages, Jennifer Murphy deftly balances light and dark, humanity and heartlessness, love and murder, and creates characters so well drawn you feel as if you know them, as well as a mystery so compelling you can barely look away from the page. Stunning.” 
—Jennifer Niven, author of Velva Jean Learns to Drive

“Sexy, smart, and thoroughly addictive, I Love You More is a thrilling work of fiction, so deftly plotted you can’t put it down. This is the kind of book you’ll stay up late for, the kind you’ll recommend to everyone you know. It’s that good. Jennifer Murphy’s novel explores the reckless intensity of love in all its incarnations, how desire shifts into possession, and how the most dangerous lies are those we tell ourselves. I Love You More is that rare and wonderful thing – a masterful debut.”
Dawn Tripp, author of Game of Secrets
  
"A book I couldn't put down. A literary mystery that deftly uses multiple points of view to reveal secrets, betrayals and the complications of the human heart." 
Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer

Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-17
An unscrupulous husband's murder produces many suspects in Murphy's absorbing debut, a faint nod to Agatha Christie.When lawyer Oliver Lane is shot to death at the family's summer rental on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, his wife appears a likely suspect. Then two other women who claim to be married to Oliver come forward, and the investigation takes several unusual turns. As Detective Kyle Kennedy travels to each spouse's home in separate parts of the state, he notes that the wives sport similar coifs and uniformly deny prior knowledge of the others' existence. Aside from their haircuts, the women are resolutely different: First wife Diana is artistic, beautiful and gracious, the quintessential Southern lady; Jewels, an architect and the second wife, is athletic, angular and brusque; and cerebral bookstore manager Bert, the third wife, is nurturing and spiritual. Told from multiple points of view—but most interestingly from the perspective of Picasso, Oliver's precocious, dictionary-reading 12 year-old daughter with Diana—Murphy examines the periods before and after the murder while providing tantalizing glimpses into the minds of a manipulative sociopath and his targets. Picasso knows more than she admits and tries to make sense of events and her emotions while worrying about the future. During the course of the investigation, she evolves from a socially ostracized wallflower into a pretty and popular schemer. Kyle falls in love with one of the wives, and though he suspects she's involved in the murder, he feels compelled to seek the truth. The women recognize that their survival depends on maintaining their secrets and protecting each other, at least for a time. Although the author's decision to insert an additional perspective into the narrative toward the end results in a slightly awkward disruption, her fluent style and descriptive language produce a very readable story with well-articulated characters.A thoughtfully written, original and entertaining exploration of events ignited by love and lies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385538565
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/17/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
87,834
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

JENNIFER MURPHY has studied writing with Joyce Maynard, Ann Hood, Ursula Hegi, Lynn Freed, Helena Maria Viramontes, Stacey d'Erasmo, Helen Schulman, Karen Shepard, Whitney Otto, and Ron Rash. She is a regular attendee of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference as well as the Tin House conference. Jennifer holds a BFA, MA, and MFA in visual art and architecture and is the founder and president of Citi Arts, a public art and urban planning firm. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

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I Love You More: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 13 reviews.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
I LOVE YOU MORE by Jennifer Murphy, a debut novel, narrated by Dorothy Dillingham Blue (Picasso-outstanding), Johnathan McClain, Cassandra Campbell (always a winner), and Danny Campbell. Highly recommend the audiobook, which will keep you laughing and intrigued with this crazy cast of southern characters- a riot! An engaging coming-of-age story, revolves around the murder of twisted and charismatic lawyer, Oliver Lane, at his beach house on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The victim had three wives starting with his first and legal wife, Diana, a true Southern belle, artistic, beautiful and gracious,and the mother of his word-obsessed smart 12-year-old daughter, Picasso. The other wives: Jewels, an architect and the second wife, is athletic, angular and brusque; and cerebral bookstore manager Bert, the third wife, is nurturing and spiritual. Told from multiple points of view, readers hear from before and after the murder, while readers get an inside view of the manipulative sociopath narcissist, and his chosen targets. I enjoyed the multi-narrators with different voices, making for an entertaining read for a whodunit mystery. From Oliver/Peter, Jewels, Bert, Diana and detective Kyle Kennedy- a novel of conspiracy, lies, deceit, revenge, jealousy, and betrayal—a psychological thriller! (Nice front cover which draws you in) Look forward to reading more from this author! Would like to hear more from Picasso and her adventures for a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!  Finished it in 2 days! Loved the different perspectives from the characters in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of books and this one is up there amongst my favorites. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Murphy all I can say is brava to you and please keep writing! Magnificently written, love your style.
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Okay read, but nothing special.
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Great book!
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