Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty

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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.
 

About Louise Doughty

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Louise Doughty is the author of five novels - Crazy Paving, Dance with Me, Honey-Dew, Fires in the Dark and Stone Cradle - and one book of non-fiction, A Novel in Year, based on her hugely popular Daily Telegraph column. Doughty also writes radio plays and journalism and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 4, as well as teaching for the Faber Academy. She lives in London.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 387 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Doughty convincingly tracks Laura's descent into the darkest recesses of her grief, eliciting our sympathy even when Laura's actions become morally dubious and the result of mental instability.

Jun 05 2010 | Read Full Review of Whatever You Love

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Doughty's descriptions of the days following the tragedy, of Laura attending the funeral, struggling to deal with her younger child Rees are interspersed with Laura's memories of her passionate relationship with her ex-husband David and of her dead daughter.

Apr 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Whatever You Love

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