When Oliver Lane is murdered in the beach house on Cooper’s Island that he shares with his wife Diana, all kinds of secrets and betrayals are unleashed.
Like the two other “wives” that Oliver has been hiding: Julie and Bert.
But when Detective Kyle Kennedy meets with each of the women, they both plead ignorance of the existence of the others.
What did they really know? And what is Diana’s daughter Picasso hiding?
I Love You More: A Novel is narrated by multiple characters: Picasso, Detective Kyle Kennedy, and a “we” voice that speaks for the wives. There is also a section with Oliver’s voice.
We begin to discover just who knew what and when, and we also enjoy getting to know Picasso in her coming-of-age journey. After some time has passed, and when the women meet for a reunion, we learn that nothing is as it seems, and that sometimes we keep secrets from ourselves.
Set in North Carolina, the story takes the reader into the cities all around the area, and we see firsthand what the characters’ lives looked like, before and after.
I liked that Picasso and her dad had a special relationship, one that focused on a mutual interest in words and their meanings, as well as the forming of new words. A skill that Picasso takes with her, one that helps her navigate her life. Something that will help her heal after all the secrets come to light. I enjoyed this story, but I didn’t love it. Therefore, 4.0 stars.