Title: More Than You’ll Ever Know
Author: Katie Gutierrez
Genre: Fiction / Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 7th July 2022
Lore Rivera was married to two men at once, until on a baking hot day in 1986, one of them found out and shot the other. A secret double life, a tragic murder.
That’s the story the world knows.
It’s not the story that fascinates Cassie Bowman.
Carrying the weight of her own family tragedy, true-crime writer Cassie wants to know more about the mysterious woman at the heart of it all: Lore.
And to her surprise, Lore is willing to talk – about how a dance became an affair; how a marriage became a murder.
As the two women grow closer, Cassie finds she can’t help but confess her own darkest secrets.
But when it becomes clear that there might be more to the night of the murder than anyone realised, can either woman face up to the thing they’ve been hiding from . . . the truth?
As a huge fan of true crime, More Than You’ll Ever Know immediately appealed to me and I can happily confirm it did not disappoint. The story follows two women: Cassie is a true crime writer who becomes fascinated by the story of Lore Rivera who was married to two men until one of them shot the other in 1986. The narrative follows Cassie in 2017 as she attempts to uncover the long buried truth of this crime and Lore in the 1980s where we see how she ended up living a double life that ended in tragedy for two families.
More Than You’ll Ever Know is a deeply compelling thriller that delves into a complex and intriguing crime. However it is also more than that – it is a character study in a sense, of a multilayered and passionate woman with secrets that have remained below the surface for decades. This is a remarkably assured debut novel that is full of insight and elegance. Gutierrez has a knack for articulating truth in a manner that feels incredibly profound and elevates More Than You’ll Ever Know beyond the crime story it first appears to be. I highly recommend, not just to fans of true crime and thrillers, but to anyone looking for a story with depth and meaning.
Thank you to Ella and Penguin Michael Joseph for the blog tour invite and the proof copy of the book. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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