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Summary

If I Can't Have You by Charlotte Levin is an all-consuming novel about loneliness, obsession and how far we go for the ones we love.

My name is Constance Little.

This is my love story.

But this isn’t the way it was supposed to end.

After fleeing Manchester for London, Constance attempts to put past tragedies behind her and make a fresh start. When she embarks on a relationship with the new doctor at the medical practice where she works, she’s convinced she’s finally found the love and security she craves.

Then he ends it. But if life has taught her anything, it’s that if you love someone, you should never let them go.

That's why for Constance Little, her obsession is only just beginning....

©2020 Charlotte Levin (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd 2020

Critic reviews

"One of the best books I’ve ever read." (Ruth Jones)

"This is superb...and compulsive and disturbing and very well done indeed." (Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange)

"An exceptionally raw and visceral and painfully funny novel." (Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths)

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The best thing you'll have heard in years!

This was absolutely superb, with characters that gripped me from the start, and a story that kept me awake at night.
Very hard to put away!
The lead character, Constance, like any of us - is prone to weakness, and often just one decision away from a completely different life, yet she finds hidden strength when she needs it. She's a great character - (think Alice Morgan in Luther, though with much less killing).
Others easily raise the right amount of emotion, whether it's disgust, empathy or sheer hatred.
I didn't expect the ending, though it certainly left me feeling satisfied.
I really hope Charlotte Levin gets working on her next book soon. I very much doubt this will be her last book, she clearly has plenty of talent!

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I loved this!!

Wow. What an amazing story. I couldn’t stop listening! Brilliantly narrated with various themes intertwined. I highly recommend this!

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Loved every minute of it!

I couldn't stop listening to this captivating, funny, poignant, beautifully written story. I loved the frankness and quiet strength of the main character. And the narrator performing various accents was superb!

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couldn't put this down.

I was captured by this in the first chapter. couldn't put it down . Not the finale I have as expecting at all

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Average- borderline boring

I held out until the end because of all the good reviews but honestly I’m confused as I found the book really average. Fairly boring and predictable story line not particularly well written with random characters that don’t really contribute anything to the story overall. Waste of a credit to be honest

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Engrossing

Built the story and atmosphere well.
Not exactly a feel good book and possibly a bit over long, but quite got me gripped from the beginning.

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Couldn't stop!

A very engaging listen. I didn't want it to end!
I cannot wait for another book by the same author.

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Great listen

I loved the way the book was written, with Constance talking/writing a letter to Samuel...kept me interested all the way through. Would definitely recommend

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Really enjoyed this!

I do love a good obsessed girlfriend story (see also The perfect girlfriend) and this is excellent. Can't say much without spoiling the story, but why Constance did what she did is very well explained - It was very moving, i actually teared up twice towards the end. Perfect ending. Great narrator really made you believe in the characters. I just have one suggestion to the author - do a version 2 of this and take out the way Constance keeps being sick, it is very irritating and it doesnt add anything to a really good story, even after being explained. Still recommend this book despite that and give it 5 stars

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Mostly slow and boring

Very disappointed with this book. It had rave reviews so I was looking forward to it. irritatingly slow and the narrator is absolutely unbearable at times.. Glad this was purchased as a 2 for 1 offer as I would have been annoyed if a credit was wasted!

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  • 08-12-20

Meh

I waited almost all year for this and the audio book was so long winded and the flat narrator made it a bore for me. I think it would be better to read.