Whatever You Love
Whatever You Love, from Louise Doughty – the bestselling author of Apple Tree Yard, now a major BBC 1 series – is a heart-wrenching psychological thriller about bereavement and revenge, desire and infidelity, for fans of Gone Girl, The Husband’s Secret and Before I Go to Sleep.
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Whatever You Love, from Louise Doughty – the bestselling author of Apple Tree Yard, now a major BBC 1 series – is a heart-wrenching psychological thriller about bereavement and revenge, desire and infidelity.
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award
Longlisted for the Orange Prize
Two police officers knock on Laura’s door and her life changes forever. They tell her that her nine-year old daughter Betty has been hit by a car and killed. When justice is slow to arrive, Laura decides to take her own revenge and begins to track down the man responsible.
Laura’s grief also re-opens old wounds and she is thrown back to the story of her passionate love affair with Betty’s father David, their marriage and his subsequent affair with another woman.
Haunted by her past, and driven to breaking point by her desire for retribution, Laura discovers the lengths she is willing to go to for love.
Doughty creates a haunting, heart-wrenching portrait.
The opening chapter is electrifyingly painful. From then on the reader is spellbound ... the book is hauntingly believable ... so powerful is the evocation of raw emotion that, the day after i finished it, I woke up with that same feeling. It was some minutes before I realised I was still inside Doughty's book.
It is an extraordinarly opening, written with such taut understatement that the mother's grief is given a visceral power: we empathise with it immediately ... Whatever You Love is a masterfully constructed novel, at once gripping and tender ... The emotional power of Doughty's prose is such that the reader is complicit in Laura's journey from loss to retribution. Doughty forces us to confront the darkness that lies beneath the skin. The result is a brilliant and brutal novel that continues to unsettle long after the final page has been turned.
A stunning tale of grief and the lengths to which a woman must go to come to terms with it.
Brilliant, disturbing, heart-wrenching.
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