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Whatever You Love

Narrated by: Louise Brealey
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

Short-listed for the Costa Book Award. 

Long-listed for the Orange (Bailey's) 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 reopen 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 enjoy Whatever You Love, you might also like Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty.

©2018 Louise Doughty (P)2018 Faber Audio

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Thoughtful and moving account of grief

This is a well written thoughtful book. It is not a psychological thriller but a portrayal of extreme grief at the loss of a child and what lengths a mother will go to avenge her death. I enjoyed all aspects of this book including the characterization all the main characters well beautifully defined and as a listener, I had empathy for them and their actions. The book moves at a good steady pace and the description of the events before put into context what happens as a result of the death and are handled sensitively. I also like the narrator's style and felt it perfectly matched the story.

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A feeling, breathing woman

Life happens deal with it. Laura does and by doing so shows a wife and a mother without smoke screen. Post divorce she is no less a wife, in the aftermath of her daughters death she is no less a mother. Some women are meant to be both. If you want to know how that feels slip into her marital bed, hang your heads in her childhood and understand life is what happens to us, with us. Nowadays nobody has children. Women like Laura do. You look differently at a pushchair next time you see one. Read it.

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A thoroughly challenging plot was presented for the listener. I had tears when the policemen turned up on the door step and terror on the cliff. a great book which keeps you enthralled. A few odd twists towards the end were unexpected but added to the need to keep listening to the end.

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Exceptional

Incredible story. Beautifully narrated - I was literally gripped from the first word until the last

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Disappointing

I found the plot hugely disappointing. Without wishing to ruin it for anyone about to read it, there was one part that was so unbelievable that it felt like it came from a different novel.

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