Vulnerable and alone after the tragic loss of her parents, Felicity finds herself in a relationship with volatile and troubled Jay.
Against her better judgement, Felicity allows Jay to draw her in to a twisted revenge plan against his former best friend. Soon Felicity becomes trapped, and as Jay turns increasingly controlling and abusive, she questions everything he has told her about his past and his former girlfriend, Sammie. But when she tries to expose the truth, she comes up against an even greater threat. Someone obsessed and dangerous. Someone who has always been in the background of Jay’s life. Someone who will do anything for him.
Anything For Him is the first book in the chilling NO ESCAPE psychological thriller trilogy. It can also be read as a standalone psychological thriller.
LK Chapman writes psychological thrillers and suspense. She published her first psychological novel, Anything for Him, in 2016. A chilling thriller about obsession, jealousy and revenge, Anything for Him has now become a three book series with two sequels (Found You & Never Let Her Go) creating the No Escape trilogy. She has also written two standalone psychological novels, The Stories She Tells, and Into The Lake. LK Chapman’s books are inspired by her studies in psychology, and she has always been fascinated by the strength, peculiarities and extremes of human nature. As well as working as a psychologist, Chapman volunteered for mental health charity Mind before starting her journey as an author. It has been an incredibly exciting journey and she is so grateful for the support of her readers!
You can receive a free copy of my short story Worth Pursuing, as well as news about new releases, by signing up to the LK Chapman reading group: www.lkchapman.com/free-book-offer
Wow! I've read so many psychological thrillers this year. Some amazing, some not quite hitting the mark. Therefore, picking up another in this genre, it has to be really special. This book is certainly something special. Blew me away in leaps and bounds!
The writing style is easy to follow and moving from one era to another, it keeps you extremely intrigued and quite impossible to put down. If I dare say, it has an essence of, Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes, one of my all-time favourite psychological thrillers.
It has the full package and written superbly. It frightens you, scares you, keeps you in complete suspense and the storyline is both horrific and sad.
Yes! Very high on my recommendation list. A must read. 5 massive stars!!
Felicity and Jay are roommates with benefits. Jay, especially, has not been a one-woman man, although he now professes that is what he wants with Felicity.
Jay has a former friend who lives nearby. He's still fuming over the fact a friend stole Jay's girlfriend when they were teenagers ... and he's dragging Felicity into a plan he has for revenge. As Jay becomes more unstable and manipulative, Felicity becomes more concerned.
Jay has secrets ... and so does someone else. Someone who will do anything for him ...anything at all.
This is the first in a trilogy, so be prepared for cliff hangers.
The chapters alternate between Jay's past and is happening today. The past is horrifying and the present even worse. The main characters are finely drawn and all have flaws/issues Felicity is vulnerable and easily talked into doing things no normal person would. Jay is just plain evil. And the third character ... the reader will have to be the judge.
Many thanks to the author / TBC Reviewer Request Group (FB) for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
I have to say, I struggled with this one. The ending was super predictable, and I saw the "reveal" coming from very very early on in the book. I kept hoping there'd be something else happening, but there wasn't. Trigger warning: this book involves abuse, and rape, more than once, and that made the book hard to stomach. This wasn't so much a thriller as it was psychological suspense, focusing on a lot of abuse, both in the flashback and present day chapters. This was a quick read, but wasn't one of my favorites.
A very disturbing opener to this trilogy, fast paced, ‘ in your face’ grippingly written but disturbing, dark and chilling Felicity meets Jay, she is vulnerable, she needs someone to care about her...Jay does all this but he is evil, controlling, angry, violent and with a past including rape Jay is not a good guy at all and I guarantee like me you will abhor him and his wheedling and dangerous ways Felicity, for me, allows herself to be dragged into a game of revenge that most would have run a mile from but for the purpose of the book she doesn’t!! and what follows is a back and forth ( now and the past ) story where Felicity has been thrown into a very dark secret from Jay’s past and a very sinister game starts Jay’s past is almost as bad as his present.....as is Mark’s the ex best friend Felicity is unwittingly bringing back to Jay It will end in tears, and blood and much much more I don’t want to say anymore about the plot as it thickens it gets even more harrowing and the finale is, well its a big surprise, to all concerned The characters are portrayed brilliantly and the ‘extras’ are all important to the story with their own pasts and problems The story runs on adrenaline and will leave you wanting to know what will happen in Book 2.... 9/10 5 Stars
ANYTHING FOR HIM is the first book of the No Escape Trilogy, a psychological thriller by L.K. Chapman. The three books in the trilogy are best read in order, to follow the sequence of events.
Books in the Series Include:
Anything for Him (No Escape #1) Found You (No Escape #2) Never Let Her Go (No Escape #3)
Vulnerable and alone after the tragic loss of her parents, Felicity (Fliss) finds herself in a relationship with her roommate (friends with benefits), the volatile and troubled Jay. Even though Jay was far from faithful, he tells Felicity that “he really loves her, and only wants to be with her.”
Mark used to be Jay’s friend when Jay had been homeless. He had asked Mark for help at the time, but Mark threw him out, refusing to let him stay. Jay believes this act messed up his life. Mark is well off and doesn’t want to be associated with low-class Jay.
Jay blames his old friend for all his troubles. Eleven years ago, Mark had slept with his girlfriend, Sammie, and Jay never forgot…and now he wants revenge!
Against her better judgement, Felicity allows Jay to draw her in to a twisted revenge plan against his former best friend. Soon Felicity becomes trapped, and as Jay turns increasingly controlling and abusive, she becomes more alarmed, and questions everything he has told her about his past and his former girlfriend, Sammie.
So many secrets and lies…dark and chilling!
The chapters alternate between Jay’s past and present, and are devoted to Sammie, Felicity, Jay and Mark, and easy to follow. This first book in the series sets the tone for a promising trilogy. The characters are well developed, and the ending was a big surprise. Anxious to start the next book in the series. Highly recommended.
It's so refreshing to have an author not shy away from sensitive and emotional issues/topics. And to have one do it so well is mind-blowing. I fell heads over heels for this book after just a couple pages. The characters are so well developed they felt real. And the writing is near flawless. And if you think you know what happens next... Trust me, you don't.
No fluff here. Just a well-orchestrated thriller that will leave you wanting more. And more. And more. Seriously, give me more.
"Anything For Him" is a brilliant dark and twisted psychological thriller from author LK Chapman. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish having such an impact on me I couldn't stop thinking about it long after I'd finished it. The storyline had the right amount of emotion and sympathy and was handled with sensitivity which just made the whole story mind blowing! It was scary, unsettling and at times frustrating. With there only being a few characters in the book you soon form an affinity with them and really sympathise with the two female protagonists. The writing is flawless and easy to follow with chapters set in alternating time frames that flowed seamlessly. I could quite easily have read this in one sitting had I had the time. I just didn't want to put it down. I could never have predicted the exact ending and the many twists and turns were perfect to keep me guessing. Would highly recommend this book. I would like to thank LK Chapman and The Book Club on Facebook for the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book. This is a disturbing but gripping thriller. This book revolves around 2 friends - Jay & Mark. The book is told in an 11 years before, 11 years after sort of way. 11 years before follows Jay, Mark and Sammie. Jay & Mark were the best of friends until newcomer Sammie came to town. 11 years later follows Jay, Mark and Felicity. Jay although an abuser is also a victim. I felt I really connected more with Sammie (having been through some of what she had). I had a hatred over Jay until near the end when I started to feel sorry for him. This book is cleverly thought out - disturbing but hard topics are mentioned. A definite 100% recommended read.
I received this book for free from the author through LibraryThing's "member giveaway" program in exchange for my honest review.
It's easy to pass over a review like this where the reviewer has received a copy of the book for free thinking they can't possibly be unbiased. While it may be true that I went into it hoping to like it, I can honestly say that I would not have been disappointed had I spent the $4 it currently costs to buy the kindle version.
While there are parts of Anything for Him that are predictable (it's nearly impossible to catch readers off guard these days), the story is unlike many other thrillers I've read. To start with, the author splits the narrative between the two female protagonists almost through the entire book deviating from this for only one chapter. Chapman does this all while continuing to build the tension and dread of the reader and without making the story seem broken or choppy.
The characters are interesting and engaging, and their conflicts feel genuine. The portions that focus on physical and emotional abuse feel real enough to have you cringing and internally screaming at the characters to get the hell out of there.
Anything for Him is a solid thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat unwilling to put it down until you've read the last line.
Anything for Him had a real impact on me. The characters are so real that I found myself thinking about them even when I wasn't reading the book. I felt genuine fear, excitement, hope and sadness for them as I read chapter after chapter of this rollercoaster of a story.
Not many books stick with me for as long as this one has - If you want an exciting book that also makes you feel something, then you won't be disappointed, but be warned - once you enter Jay's world you won't be able to leave, even after you put the book down!
Anything for him by l k Chapman is a chilling psychological thriller read. There has always been someone else in the background; someone they really shouldn't turn to for help... This was a good read. Very dark and disturbing. I didn’t like Jay at all. I wanted to do more than slap him. Highly recommended. 5*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from tbc on fb.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and delved into it with ease. A great little thriller which has enough twists to keep you reading. A memorable book which I would recommend . I believe there is a prequel to this story which I will definitely read
Would you do anything for the person you loved? How far would you be willing to go to make them trust you? Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It starts as a innocent infatuation of a girl by a boy in school. They seem to really like each other. Sammie and Jay are typical teenagers who suddenly find themselves entangled in a very unhealthy relationship. The author has masterfully written a story so terrifying and graphic that I gasped out loud at some of the violence . It is well described and as Sammie slowly realizes that Jay is dangerous, she feels terror raging through her body.
Mark and Jay have a weird friendship . I wasn't sure at first who was jealous of who and why they were jealous. As the story progresses there is a hint of anger boiling to the surface between the two. Mark always tells Jay he will look out for him and I think Mark begins to really be one creepy guy. I could not figure out who was worse but the brilliant writing had me on the edge of my seat reading as fast as I could. Jay seems to become more violent and less trusting towards Sammie and she is desperate to get away from him. What happens that day when Mark, Sammie and Jay all find themselves at the same house? Who knows the truth behind Sammie's disappearance?
The story flashe forward several years and we see Jay with a young woman named Fliss. She looks similar to Sammie but Fliss has no clue about Jay's past. One day Jay decides he wants to get revenge on his old friend Mark. Fliss is at the center of the plot. I really liked Fliss and I screamed at her several times to leave, don't look back, don't trust Jay, just go far far away. Jay has become more diabolical and his hatred for Mark is eating him up. Fliss uncovers a secret that will hav her begging for her life.
I will leave the story there, because you must experience the superb writing of this author. The story is well crafted and takes us into the mind of a person bent on revenge and hatred that will leave you shaking as the story continued down a dark sinister road of madness. I have read a book that literally scared me and made me glance over my shoulders serval times. It is gritty, vengeful , violent and a masterfully written psychological thriller that has all the makings for a great movie. The caliber of writing this author has done is explosive with an ending so electrifying that the ending is a heart pumping thrill that leaves you breathless. I loved the ending and I didn't see it coming. Be prepared to read with the lights on and hold on tight till the very end. It is going to be a bumpy, scary, and explosive ride right till the end. You have been warned.
I received a digital copy of this book from Librarything giveaway for an honest review.
*I received a free copy of this book for an honest review*
Now that ending was mean, talk about a cliff-bloody hanger. What can I say about this book. It was a fantastic dark twisted read where no character could be taken at face value. Felicity lives with Jake, they are flatmates and “lovers’, their relationship is unconventional and unhealthy, they hurt themselves and others in their sick and twisted games. Jay her flatmate is a major asshole and I fail to see why she puts up with him. I feel that from the onset Jay took advantage of Felicity, he met her at a low point in her life and he pounced like a panther.
Jay claims to love,Felicity in his own sick an twisted way. What he fails to understand is the meaning of love. I don’t think he was the ability to know how to love.
Through Jay we are introduced to Mark, a childhood friend, a friend who he still passionately resents. From the outside looking in Mark is a fantastic guy, almost too good to be true. However once we are given flashbacks to his childhood you see a more sinister side to him, there you begin to realise all is not what it seems.
When it comes to Felicity’s options she drew the short end of the stick in the mens department. Jay and Mark are both dark characters, they showed their true characters too late in the game.What’s sad about her situation is her friends tried to warn her, I guess she was at the point of know return, her head was no longer in the game.
The ending was abrupt and unexpected but this was a great read.
Once again I’d like to thank the author for this courtesy copy. This book way right up my alley,
Anything for Him: A chilling psychological thriller By: LK Chapman 5 out of 5 stars
The story Anything for Him: A chilling psychological thriller by LK Chapman is a Psychological Thriller. To Felicity, Jay is a distraction to the traumatic loss of her parents. Their relationship is uncomplicated. Then Jay asks Felicity to help him get revenge on a childhood friend that destroyed his relationship with a childhood girlfriend. Jay explains about Sammie and Felicity agrees this the plan for revenge. She then comes to realize that she is going down a road that had a strange similarity to eleven years ago. What will happen when Felicity comes to realize what Jay is really asking of her? Will either of them come to realize that there may be another person who is in the picture and would do anything for Jay?
When stating in the title that this is a chilling psychological thriller sometimes can be part of the hype. There is no hype here. The storyline is so disturbing and the past and present so overlaps that it will have chills running down your back. As you are reading you are thinking that the story is a typical love triangle, this is just not the case. The book is told through the POV of Sammie, Felicity and Jay. The characters are well developed and each are important to the story, if not very disturbing. You will not want to miss this book. Because of dark themes and actions taken by the characters, along with adult language and situations I would recommend this book for those 18 years of age or older. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. It is an honest view.
I recieved this book from library thing in exchange for an honest review. I quite liked this book. It takes me much longer to read ebooks than paperback books for some reason, but I am glad I made it through this one. This book alternated between Jay and Fliss in the present and Jay and Sammi in the past. Jay wants Fliss to date his old friend Mark and then Jay will come in and sleep with her in order to get back at him for doing the same thing with his old girlfriend Sammi when they were in school. The relationship between all of the characters are somewhat messed up. They are all out for doing things for their own reason and both Fliss and Sammi got caught between Jay and Mark at different points in their lives. The writer did a good job making me care about what happened to both Fliss and Sammi and loathing Jay. Mark I wasn't sure about and then the end came up and, while I had guessed a few things along the way, there were still a couple surprises for me. Needless to say, I would recommend this book for those who like psychological thrillers with some complex characters.
This is a hard one to review , talk about messing with the readers brain!...I am sitting here lost for words, but have to say something, so here goes, I found it difficult to keep turning the pages as I just felt such anger towards Mark and Jay ,the story is told, in past and present, skipping from their childhood and the events that impact on their behaviour as grown men.The writing style is so believeable I felt I was on the sidelines watching.This is about manipulation to a shocking degree, a persons twisted mind, and how far that person will go for love, or their sick besotted version of love..I actually thought I knew where the author was going by Part 2 , but she had a couple of really unexpected surprises in store, one pretty much floored me!!. A true psycholgical pager turner, not a thriller, but full of tension, it made me want skip to the back to find a happy ending, but it's those pages that lead up to the end which will leave you staring and thinking, " did I read that correct ?"... what a way to end a book, just brilliant!!!
This is a hard one to review , talk about messing with the readers brain!...I am sitting here lost for words, but have to say something, so here goes, I found it difficult to keep turning the pages as I just felt such anger towards Mark and Jay ,the story is told, in past and present, skipping from their childhood and the events that impact on their behaviour as grown men.The writing style is so believeable I felt I was on the sidelines watching.This is about manipulation to a shocking degree, a persons twisted mind, and how far that person will go for love, or their sick besotted version of love..I actually thought I knew where the author was going by Part 2 , but she had a couple of really unexpected surprises in store, one pretty much floored me!!. A true psycholgical pager turner, not a thriller, but full of tension, it made me want skip to the back to find a happy ending, but it's those pages that lead up to the end which will leave you staring and thinking, " did I read that correct ?"... what a way to tie up the threads!... just brilliant!!
When I received this book from Goodreads I had no idea what to expect. It didn't take long for me to get hooked. Just a few lead characters bring this story to life and hold the reader until the very end. The narrative is told mostly through two voices, separated by eleven years but inexorably entwined. The two voices are easily differentiated as Felicity is speaking in the present, while Sammie's sections are written as a back story. The two are linked by Jay. Here is a man with problems but it is difficult to pin down what and why things haunt him as they do. Then there is Mark, who seems to be a background figure, but who also seems to be a vital link. Will Felicity really do anything for Jay? Will she set out to deliberately ensnare another only to cause great hurt? Just how far is she prepared to go? Can she ever say no to Jay's demands? These characters take the reader through so many emotions. Their personalities clash violently, leaving you wondering just who is calling the shots and the truth only really becomes apparent at the very end.
* First of I would like to thank the order for sending me this book for review.
But what did I actually think of it? Amazing, and so messed up! I found that once I picked this book up I didn't want to put it down. I started reading it at 10:00pm last night and finished it just before 12am. I feel so sorry for the female characters in this book and I completely hate Mark and Jay, they are some of the most horrible characters you will ever meet.
This book shows the boys past with one girl Sammie while they are still and school, and another while they are adults with a woman named Felicity. This is one of the things that made me enjoy this book so much, it is like you are getting two different stories in one book and then they slowly blend into each other.
I would warn readers though - If you are sensitive to the subjects of rape/domestic violence then I wouldn't say this book is for you. However if you don't mind reading about it then I would highly recommend this book.
Deceptively dark, disturbing and terrifyingly real. I didn't know what to expect, after reading Worth Pursuing I felt compelled to read Anything For Him. I have been left feeling shaken, being a mother to a pre teen daughter Sammie pulled at my heart strings with an over whelming maternal instinct to protect her. Jay and Mark are complex characters, with an outlook on life that is unique. Felicity, I just want to pull her out of the pages and keep her safe. A brutally honest novel, not for the faint hearted and nerve shaking. Reading this book will frighten you, stay with you and have you telling your friends to read it so you can express your horror. Fantastically written, a real ' keep you up all night ' read.
I read this book just under three hours. The book and sleep hangover were worth it!
Brilliantly written, great characters. Twists and turns that will leave you turning the pages faster. I HIGHLY recommend this novel!
I would definitely read more of this authors' work.
Novel: Anything for Him Author: L.K. Chapman Published: January 23, 2016 Genre: Psychological Thriller Rating: 5 Stars Cover: 10/10 Do I recommend this: Highly Would I buy this book for myself or a friend: Absolutely
Firstly I must thank the author for sending me this book to read and review. It had me hooked from the first page and, even though I found the plot a bit far-fetched at times, I raced through it to the final twist. Gruesome characters in Jay and Mark who I actually found more believable than Felicity (hence the far-fetched comment). Sammie was, for me, the most believable in all her schoolgirl naivety. Tautly written this certainly is a chilling book.
I will confess: around page 133 I did not want to finish the book. It was so awfully scaring, and I knew it would get worse. I was right, in thinking it would get worse I mean. But I could not stop reading. I had to go reading on and on. Until I finished the book. People who like a frightening story, a story about how people can get psychologically abused and what happens to them: do read this story. People who like psychological thrillers should read this book too. They will not regret it.
If I could give this book more stars I would. It's a phenomenally shocking and chilling book and incredibly well written, atmospheric and just downright scary. I read it in one sitting and I defy anyone not to do the same.
I don't want to say anymore for fear of giving some of the storyline away because it does have some shocking twists so deftly delivered you barely see them coming.
Reading this book was like an addiction - it shocked and unnerved me and has been the most gruesome psychological thriller I have read but I couldn't put it down! Telling two tales of past and present, explains how the two main male characters are interlinked and the history they share. You think know what's going to happen at the end but do you??? Fantastic story, very well written and thoroughly deserving of five stars even if it has left me a bit disturbed!
I finished this book in one sitting. The characters are complex and the plot has many layers. I was gripped throughout and I must say I didn't see *that* coming! Jay is a detestable character but I also found him fascinating. And Felicity on the other hand.. she was almost likeable to begin with yet my opinion changed a few times throughout! A great book. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
"Anything for him" by L K Chapman is part one of the psychological thriller trilogy. It is a tense and thrilling nail biter of a read. The chapters are short yet jam packed with the trials and tribulations of the characters. The four characters portrayed in the book are all highly damaged and the reader finds it difficult to feel sympathy for any of them. I am now off to find the second in the series and sink my teeth straight into it. Highly recommended.
I was given the opportunity to read this book by the author. I like a wide variety of books, so was happy to give it a go! Wow! I found the book easy to get into and followed the characters easily when they changed the first person narrative. I certainly never saw the twist coming. Definitely worth a read if you like a suspense novel.