Lisa Gardner

Welcome. Lisa Gardner is a #1 New York Times bestselling suspense author of thirteen novels. Known for combining fast-paced plots with deeply compelling characters, Lisa was the 2010 winner of the Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers for her recent release The Neighbor. Lisa’s latest novel, Love You More, continues her successful recipe for excitement, fear, and suspense and has already garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. Whether you’re interested in checking out Lisa’s roster of novels, reviewing articles on the craft of writing, or nominating someone you love to die in Lisa’s annual Kill a Friend Maim a Buddy Sweepstakes, please explore her website at!

Love You More


Pushed to the brink by an abusive husband, state police trooper Tessa Leoni finally snapped and shot him in self-defense. But Tessa isn’t talking–not about her dead husband, her battered face, or her missing six-year old daughter. Now, Detective D.D. Warren will have to race against the clock to unearth family secrets, solve a murder and save a child.  READ AN EXCERPT


“Emotionally true, harrowing, and unputdownable. Brava, Lisa Gardner!”
– Lisa Scottoline

“It has the chills and thrills to excite, and the heart to draw you in.”
– Sandra Brown

“No one owns this corner of the genre the way Lisa Gardner does. And Love You More might be her best ever.”
– Lee Child

“Tough-gal detective D.D. Warren (Live To Tell) is grappling with her own personal issues when she is assigned to a case that makes her life seem easy. State trooper Tessa Leoni overcame a difficult childhood and alcoholism to become a loving single mom to her daughter, Sophie, and a respected police officer. After three years of marriage to merchant mariner Brian, everything seems to be going great, despite his erratic work schedule. So why is D.D. called to a crime scene where Brian’s been murdered, Tessa’s nearly beaten to death, and Sophie’s missing? Things get even more interesting when Tessa confesses to the murder but has no idea where her daughter is. D.D. knows that Tessa’s spinning a web of lies, but getting to the truth will take quite a bit of work. VERDICT Gardner’s characters are fully drawn (this reviewer was not even aware that Warren is a series character), and her taut storytelling and dizzying plot will appeal to fans of Harlan Coben.”
– Starred Review – Library Journal – Rebecca Vnuk, Forest Park, IL

“Near the start of Thriller Award–winner Gardner’s gripping fifth novel featuring Boston PD Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren (after Live to Tell), D.D.’s former partner and one-time lover, Det. Bobby Dodge, of the Massachusetts State Police, asks her to look into what appears to be a clear-cut homicide case. The evidence suggests that Tessa Leoni, a state trooper colleague of Bobby’s, shot and killed her abusive husband, Brian Darby, who may have kidnapped her six-year-old daughter, Sophie. But Tessa won’t talk about her bruises, her husband, or what might have happened to her child. D.D. examines every detail about the family, while Tessa uses her skills to manipulate the investigation. From Tessa’s point of view, we learn about her and Brian’s courtship, his affection for Sophie, and how the marriage began to disintegrate. Gardner sprinkles plenty of clues and inventive twists to keep readers off-kilter as the suspense builds to a realistic, jaw-dropping finale.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Gardner hits an impressive new high with her latest taut thriller, a three-way chess game — with the life of a 6-year-old girl at stake. Unbelievably gripping and clever, you won’t want to put it down until the final page!”
– Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times 4-1/2 Gold Stars

“In her fifth case (Live to Tell, 2010, etc.), Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren takes on one tough mother. Tessa Leoni is smart, brave, resourceful and quirky, among other character traits that bring to mind, yes, D.D. Warren, who might well be her mirror image… You won’t often find two such sympathetic protagonists paired, refreshingly, as antagonists”
– Kirkus Review

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