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 previous novels-Crazy Paving, Dance with Me, Honey-Dew, Fires in the Dark, and Stone Cradle-and one book of non-fiction, 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.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 387 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In one thread running through the story, Laura struggles to identify the author of a series of intimidating and taunting anonymous messages, but its resolution is unsurprising and ultimately irrelevant to the story.

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Doughty (Crazy Paving), author of several novels and a nonfiction book based on her column in London’s Daily Telegraph, tackles the loss of life, love, and rationality. Laura Needham is a single mothe

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But Doughty directs careful attention to such objects as shopping bags, and when Laura reflects on how colleagues were able to comfort her after David left, and how helpless they are now, she finds her metaphor in the kitchen: "The routine tragedy of my marriage could be tumble-dried by gossip, e...

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“Before” and “After” sections alternately detail Laura’s past and present with her husband, his new girlfriend, and their new baby, and chronicles Laura slowly losing control of her mind.

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The Telegraph

Laura’s original idea of her husband’s mistress as 'a .

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M/C Anderson

Cinema: Jack Reacher Michael Dalton - Added Thursday, January 03 @ 18:41:04 EST (184 reads) Reviewed by Peter Gray Given that the character of Jack Reacher has been around since 1997 when he was first introduced through Lee Childs’ novel ‘Killing Floor’ and has a se...

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Islington Tribute

Every time my daughter goes out alone, and she’s 31, I try my hardest not to imagine worst-case scenarios, so whatever made Doughty want to think hard and write about such a tragedy?

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