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Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
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Oct 15, 11

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Read in October, 2011

Bleak, beautiful, scary and sad. A woman whose husband has left her for another loses her daughter in a road accident. It pushes her to the edge of madness and murder.

Dark and delicately told this book is deceptively addictive. At first it appears to be a study in bereavement and grief - pretty hard going for any parent - then slowly layers of tension and mystery build up, dripped in subtly like poison to the ear, until you're turning pages desperately to find out what happens in the end. Not as much humour as I like in my books, but given the subject matter, that's not surprising. And once or twice the heroine's actions verge on the incredible but never, as it were, overstep the line. A marvellously written, very accessible, and rather harrowing tale.
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