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Discussion Questions

More Than You'll Ever Know

1. Why do you think true crime compels us? What draws women in particular to this genre?

2. Consider the moral implications of Cassie’s career as a true crime writer. Do you think it is fair to capitalize off other people’s tragedies? Has social media and sharing culture desensitized us to shocking stories?

3. MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW explores the idea of belonging. How does this concept differ for Cassie and Lore? Is it possible to ever entirely belong to a place, person or culture?

4. MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW asks readers to consider the power dynamic around whose voice gets to tell the story. How does the narrative shift through the various perspectives? How do Cassie’s own experiences inform the way she interprets Lore’s story?

5. Think about Lore’s path leading to her double lives, and how small choices can become something bigger. Did you find yourself sympathizing with Lore’s motivations? Why or why not?

6. Lore is told, “The world respects a good woman.” What is Lore’s interpretation of being “good”? After reading the novel, how would you define being a good woman?

7. We see Lore split her time between two countries and two marriages. How did her character feel consistent, or different, in each of her lives? What did she gain or lose from each?

8. What were your impressions of Lore’s husbands, Fabian and Andres? Do you pity, empathize with or condemn either of them?

9. How do Cassie and Lore’s lives echo each other? How do you think their relationship will continue, and what do you think the future holds for these two women?

10. How do you interpret the ending of the story? Were you left with any unanswered questions?

11. What was your initial impression of the title MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW? Does the title mean something different after reading the novel?

12. Do you feel there are several sides to yourself? Are there facets of your personality you would better like to explore or hide?

More Than You'll Ever Know
by Katie Gutierrez