Louise Doughty is the author of the novels Crazy Paving, Dance with Me, Honey-Dew, Fires in the Dark, and Stone Cradle, as well as the nonfiction book A Novel in a Year, based on her popular newspaper column. She has written plays for radio and has worked widely as a critic, broadcasting regularly for BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.
Whatever You Love: A Novelby Louise Doughty
Longlisted for the Orange Prize and Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, Louise Doughty’s hauntingly beautiful investigation of love, loss, and revenge is a literary page-turner that will linger in your mind far after the cover closes. When a hit-and-run car crash claims Laura’s daughter Betty, her life is turned upside down. But when the courts rule the death an accident, the lines dividing justice from punishment will blur as Laura embarks on her own quest for vengeance. Sure to captivate fans of Antoinette van Heugten and Sophie Hannah, as well as readers of Doughty’s previous books Fires in the Dark and A Novel in a Year, among others, Whatever You Love is a poignant psychological story in which life’s greatest questions hang in the balance.
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An intense roller coaster ride that ended up in a different place than I predicted - completely. Told from the perspective of Laura who in the first chapter loses her oldest child, her daughter Betty, in a car accident. She has already withstood a divorce due to a cheating spouse and is barely holding it together as it is. The reader is taken on a journey with Laura as she goes before and after the accident. I loved how the book was broken up with chapters that occurred before the accident where you were given the history of Laura and David's relationship before the kids arrived. The after chapters took place after the accident and I absolutely adored where the story went. I blew through this book because the intensity stayed at a heightened level that kept me from being to able to set it down at any moment. A perfect book for a spring weekend outside enjoying the weather!
I am a lucky reader. "Whatever You Love" was the first book I picked from a stack of advance copies. I planned to root through them to find my next read. Scratch that plan; I did not put this book down. I was grabbed by the intimate nature of the writing—I felt like I was in Laura Needham’s head and heart throughout. The beginning was a voyage through her raw grief. But there’s that thread of intrigue present from the start, which takes the book to unpredictable places. I will leave the rest for you to experience. I recommend for lovers of "Olive Kitteridge" and "Year of Magical Thinking".
Intense and heart-wrenching, but not always what you think. I loved this story.
Decent storyline as Laura has to deal with a self-absorbed cheating husband, divorce that followed and the loss of her child. Nicely done before and after the accident chapter format.
*he stares* sexy...