Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Review: Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty

Laura is the single mother of two young children.  When her oldest child, Betty, is killed by a hit and run driver, she is devastated.  She is also horrified to learn that the man responsible for the accident is walking away with no consequences.  She decides to take matters into her own hands - to find out whatever the man loves and to take it away from him.

Very good.  I think the plot is the real highlight of this story, and the writing does a great job of highlighting the story and the characters.  It's not something to jumps out as particularly amazing, but in this case, I think the characters and the plot made up for that.  I have no critiques of the writing and I think the author did an amazing job of keeping the reader guessing.

Entertainment Value
I was into this one from the very first page.  I really like (and like to hate) all of the characters, and I like how gradually they are revealed to the reader from different levels.  As more of the story and the history is revealed, we see that we may have prematurely judged some characters.  I like that in a book.

This is one I certainly recommend.  I would classify it as women's lit because I feel like it's broadest appeal will be for women.  It's narrated by a woman and deals largely with the emotions that come from being a wife and mother.  However, I hate to use women's lit because that brings to mind a certain stereotype that doesn't really fit this book.  This one leans more to the literary side of fiction and away from what I would consider straight up women's lit.

One note: A large portion of this book deals with Laura's husband's affair and subsequent abandonment of her for his mistress.  As much as I loved this book, I wish I had known that up front.  Affair books make me really uncomfortable.  It's funny because Luke always knows when I start saying "If you ever..." that I must be reading a book where a character has an affair.  I'm really glad I read this one, but had I known how much of a role the affair plays throughout the book I may not have picked it up.

Thanks to TLC for allowing me to be part of the tour.  Click here to see reviews from the other bloggers on the tour.


  1. Haha, my husband has dealt with those comments from me after books, lol. I have this one on netgalley but hadn't heard anything about it and wasn't sure if I'd like it or not. It sounds great, though!

  2. Dropping 2 pts yesterday will surely provide a boost in hopes for the Barca side.
    As long as we're not getting all 3 pts, they'll feel that they have a
    chance to catch up...just when they're beginning to feel psychologically deflated.
    REACH Only Representative

  3. I understand your aversion to "affair" books - I'm like that with books where children are harmed in some way. But I'm glad that you were able to enjoy this one in spite of that!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  4. Oh, I love books where you find out that you've prematurely judged a character! I think it provides a good lesson -- though I continue to judge, regardless. *sigh*