THE RUNDOWN: SYNOPSIS & MEDIA REVIEWS
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.
When Lore Rivera marries Andres Russo in Mexico City in 1985, she’s already married to Fabian Rivera in Laredo, Texas, with whom she shares twin sons. Living a double life as an international banker, Lore divides her time between two countries and two families until the truth is finally uncovered and one husband is arrested for the murder of the other.
Fast-forward to 2017, struggling true-crime writer Cassie Bowman stumbles upon an article detailing the tragic event while searching for the most sensational news reports online. Cassie becomes fascinated with the unanswered question: what motivated a mother to risk everything for a secret double marriage? This is the story she’s been looking for—and she’s determined to get it right. As she delves into Lore’s past, Cassie’s initial curiosity transforms into something more dangerous, and soon she questions the facts of the case and her own motivations.
Told through alternating timelines, More Than You’ll Ever Know is a gripping mystery and a family drama that explores the complexities of marriage and motherhood. The story presents two very different women, each with their own secrets, and delves into the impossibility of truly knowing someone – even those we love the most. This debut novel from an extraordinary new writer will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final page.
With alternating timelines and a gripping mystery, “More Than You’ll Ever Know” presents a window into the hearts of two women struggling with the conflicting demands of marriage and motherhood.
This exceptional novel is a book club must-read, as it offers a plethora of topics for discussion and debate. The story, characters, and setting are all captivating and transport readers to another world. The author, Katie, delves into motherhood in a unique way that I haven’t encountered before, emphasizing a mother’s identity while also exploring the perspectives of daughters and sisters. With so much to unpack, this book is sure to leave readers with plenty to think about long after they finish the final chapter.
“Fantastic . . . A sweeping novel, unflinching and evocative in its engrossing study of love, motherhood, sex, Mexico, journalism and more.” — Washington Post
“A sprawling, stunning, twisting triumph. By turns heart-pounding and heart-wrenching, this is a story of marriage and murder, of the secrets we endure and the lies we tell ourselves to keep them. So achingly clever and stylish, More Than You’ll Ever Know is a special novel from a very special writer.” — Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katie Gutierrez is a National Magazine Award finalist whose writing has appeared in TIME, Harper’s Bazaar, the Washington Post, Longreads, and more. She has an MFA from Texas State University and lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and their two kids. More Than You’ll Ever Know is her first novel
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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