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What connects a single mother with a troubled son and a pediatric psych ward nurse to a brutal crime scene in Dorchester?
on June 15, 2015
This book is about three women. Actually it's about two women and the returning side-character. But for the sake of argument, let's got with three. Danielle Burton is a nurse at a locked-down pediatric psych ward in the Kirkland Medical Center in Boston where she cares for children with special needs. She herself was the lone survivor of the brutal slaying of her family. Victoria Oliver is a single mother whose son Even has a severe mental condition doctors have diagnosed over and over again. Taking care of him has taken up most of her time and has torn her family apart. Then last but not least, there is Detective Sergeant D.D Warren from Boston PD's Homicide Unit. Her squad was called to the scene of a family annihilation in Dorchester.
The story is for the most part well written. The characters of Danielle and Victoria are sympathetic characters, each equally fighting a fierce battle. For Danielle that battle is her dark past and for Victoria that battle is raising her son Even. You learn so much about these women and what they had dealt with in their lives leading up to an ending that definitely surpasses that of Gardner's previous book, The Neighbor. The only problem here is with D.D. She played the same role in this book that she played in the last three books in this so-called series. Maybe Gardner tried to through in some character development for her by teaming her up with Alex Wilson who taught at the academy, but in the end all that really did was create someone for D.D to flirt and maybe get serious with. It didn't tell us what kind of person D.D is, why she does what she does what kind of family does she come from. She likes eating, sex and wearing nice clothes. That doesn't say much. She's kind of pushy and sometimes too much for her own good. She likes to be the boss. Her characters major development but she's still far from a Mary Sue. I may not like D.D, but I can somewhat understand her. She's busy workaholic who takes her job seriously. She may not be Harry Bosch or Jane Rizzoli, but she still far from Bella Swan. She actually does stuff.
I recommend this book for the interesting stories for Danielle Burton and Victoria Oliver; and even though the police work seen from D.D's perspective is interesting it still leaves much to be desired. Just like The Neighbor, it is a great story, but it's not D.D's story. Maybe Love You More will paint us a better picture of D.D Warren. And maybe we'll finally learn what "D.D" stands for,