Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Whatever You Love

Books that pose the question "What would you be capable of doing if everything was taken from you?" are very intriguing to me. The emotional output is often overwhelming and it's hard not to put yourself in the main character's position. That's why I picked up Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty, due out later this month.

The book begins with Laura's daughter, Betty, being killed in a hit-and-run. The case is handled in a way Laura finds unacceptable and decides to take matters into her own hands and seeks out the man who killed her daughter.  Her son is too young to understand what happened and she struggles to deal with her ex-husband and his former mistress, who is now his wife.  Laura is left as a shadow of her former self and as a person with very little to lose.

This book was a very pleasant surprise. It sounded like a typical revenge thriller, but it's more about Laura's struggle to find herself after losing her husband and her daughter. Her emotional struggle is difficult to read about due to all the circumstances causing it.  The ways in which she and David deal with Betty's death made this a page turner for me. I loved the way Doughty used flashbacks to fill in the blanks of their past relationship.  There are some of the typical elements of a revenge thriller, but the main purpose of this title is to show how a shattered family deals with grief.

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