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“a sad unbelievable read about a family that is torn apart by the loss of a child and how the mother is bent on revenge. I didn't like this book at all!”see full review » see other reviews »
“I had requested this book at the library, but when it came in I didn't even remember what it was about. I didn't even pick up that it was British right off the bat. The story is told in 4 different timeframes which is an interesting technique moving forward and backward in time.
Laura is the mother of 9 year old Betty and 4 year old Rees and is recently divorced from her Husband, David who had cheated on her and has recently married the woman, Chloe, which whom he has an infant son, Harry. The book opens with the death of Betty from a hit and run driver. Laura is barely coping with loss on top of the recent death of her marriage. At first it seems that the story is only going to be about her grief, but stick with it. This story grows into a much different one than I had expected and the ending is very well crafted and memorable.”
“I would give this 3.5 if allowed...it was a thriller. Seem dull, dry parts but overall suspenseful. I felt like I was eavesdropping on Laura, the main character, finding it hard to believe someone could let hate overtake them so grandly, cunning yet pathetic Laura...sad and exciting all wrapped into one.”peaknit wrote this review Monday, July 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a sad unbelievable read about a family that is torn apart by the loss of a child and how the mother is bent on revenge. I didn't like this book at all!”Beth wrote this review Monday, July 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a tough book for me. Filled with hauntingly beautiful descriptions, and gut-wrenching emotions, Whatever You Love tells the hard story of loss and picking up the pieces afterward.
Louise Doughty kept me guessing - even when the most horrific of events had passed (at the beginning of the book, no less), the story kept moving and twisting and turning in ways I could not predict. I sympathized with Laura and felt every bit of anger, despair, and desperation was not only warranted - but also necessary for her to deal with the injustice of what happened to her daughter.
Through and though, this story is filled with heavy, intense subject matter. There wasn't a single moment in which I felt as if it let up - and that is the only real complaint I had. There was so much despair, and I desperately needed just a ray of hope, something that I felt wasn't provided. So consider that my word of warning, this is not the book you want to read if you tend to go to the dark places easily and have a rough time coming out.”
“excellent, really good book”Pat R wrote this review Friday, May 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“How a mother copes after her 9 year old daughter is killed when she is hit by a car. She looks back on her life with her daughter and her divorce from the childs father. ”The Book Worm wrote this review Thursday, June 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was quite moving but there were a couple of things that I didn't like that didn't sit right with me - won't say more as don't want to spoil it for anyone.”Wendy J wrote this review Saturday, May 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The seeds of what could have been a moving and memorable story of loss and survival are there. The more sensational aspects of the plot were a detriment rather than a positive addition. Some beautiful passages, some mixed metaphors and muddled thoughts. The main character descends into a believable darkness -- to a point.”Patricia L wrote this review Sunday, April 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Shockingly well written. Realistic and unpredictable. A lovely read”Chantelle G wrote this review Monday, March 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No