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
When two police officers knock on Laura's door, her life changes forever.
Her nine-year-old daughter Betty has been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. When the death is ruled an accident, Laura takes revenge into her own hands. But will her daughter's killer be brought to justice?
Laura's loss and bereavement re-open 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 love affair with another woman.
Haunted by Laura's past and desire for revenge, Whatever You Love is a riveting psychological thriller that explores the lengths one mother is willing to go to for love.
If you've enjoyed Whatever You Love, you might also like Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty.
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 mother raising two children, nine-year-old Betty and her younger brother, Rees. On page one, police arrive at Laura's door with the news that Betty has been killed in a hit-and-run accident. As Laura grapples with her daughter's death, her already complicated relationship with her ex-husband grows more so. "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. In the process, she discovers an anger that will not go away, and moves to the brink of a breakdown that might end in violence. As Laura sinks more deeply into grief, anger, and disorientation, opportunities for healing appear unexpectedly, yielding a heartfelt and affecting story.