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"Fantastic . . . A sweeping novel, unflinching and evocative in its engrossing study of love, motherhood, sex, Mexico, journalism and more." — WASHINGTON POST
"Masterful . . . Elegance, darkness, even fear are deftly intertwined . . . A wonderful read." — LUIS ALBERTO URREA, Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling author of The House of Broken Angels
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An evocative drama about a woman caught leading a double life after one husband murders the other, and the true-crime writer who becomes obsessed with telling her story—this masterful work of literary suspense marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer
The dance becomes an affair, which becomes a marriage, which becomes a murder...
In 1985, Lore Rivera marries Andres Russo in Mexico City, even though she is already married to Fabian Rivera in Laredo, Texas, and they share twin sons. Through her career as an international banker, Lore splits her time between two countries and two families—until the truth is revealed and one husband is arrested for murdering the other.
In 2017, while trawling the internet for the latest, most sensational news reports, struggling true-crime writer Cassie Bowman encounters an article detailing that tragic final act. Cassie is immediately enticed by what is not explored: Why would a woman—a mother—risk everything for a secret double marriage? Cassie sees an opportunity—she’ll track Lore down and capture the full picture, the choices, the deceptions that led to disaster. But the more time she spends with Lore, the more Cassie questions the facts surrounding the murder itself. Soon, her determination to uncover the truth could threaten to derail Lore’s now quiet life—and expose the many secrets both women are hiding.
Told through alternating timelines, More Than You’ll Ever Know is both a gripping mystery and a wrenching family drama. Presenting a window into the hearts of two very different women, it explores the many conflicting demands of marriage and motherhood, and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone—especially those we love.
"A seductive, urgent tale about desire, family, the pursuit of truth, and the art of storytelling, More Than You’ll Ever Know will astonish readers with its vastness, romance, tragedy, and abundant heart. I didn’t want this book to ever end." — JESSAMINE CHAN, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good Mothers
"A gripping and thoughtful exploration of motherhood and marriage, the complexity of female desire, and the consequence of our obsession with true crime . . . One of the best suspenseful dramas I’ve read in years. An exceptional, stunning debut—I absolutely loved it." — ASHLEY AUDRAIN, New York Times bestselling author of The Push
In Gutierrez's engrossing debut, Cassie Bowman, a true crime aficionado living in Austin, comes across a decades-old story about an international banker, Dolores "Lore" Rivera, who was married to two husbands, Fabian Rivera and Andres Russo, the former in Texas and the latter in Mexico. In 1985, Andres was found dead and Fabian was arrested for the murder. Cassie becomes obsessed with the case and shows up on Lore's doorstep unannounced, wanting to turn her story into a book. After some hesitation, Lore agrees and, in extensive flashbacks, her story emerges. In the present, Cassie's investigation agitates members of both of Lore's families, who want the past to stay buried. Cassie, as well, has her own secrets to hide and relives her tragic past as she comes closer to uncovering the truth behind the murder. Gutierrez successfully taps into the current fascination with true crime and considers its potential pitfalls, as Cassie becomes willing to risk everything to get at the truth. While the crime itself isn't so fascinating in the end, the author has a sure hand in creating atmosphere, such as a passage involving the Mexico City earthquake of 1985, when the love between Lore and Andres comes to fruition. There's no shortage of books that travel similar terrain, and while this doesn't stand out from the pack, it'll do the trick for fans of the genre.
I have fallen in love with another author and her immense ability to capture the souls and purpose of all her characters leaving me so besotted with her prose, context and wordsmith skills. I’m just finishing a full sitting read of this book pulling an all nights completely entranced by the dynamics and slow but phenomenal revelations and sharp twists that kept me off balance in trying to figure out exactly who had killed the main characters lover and until the very end I was pleasantly shocked to be wrong in my initial condemnation of the wrong character. She has an uncanny and clever way in dropping a few crumbs to steer your suspicions and cast guilt in many different directions that leaves you on an intense and exceptionally roller coaster ride that leaves you breathless when it comes to a full stop yet full with immense thrill and extraordinary appreciation for her gift as a writer. This is a new author to keep your eyes open for! She’s flipping FANTASTIC