Anything for Her
*This review is based on an advanced reading copy. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read the book in exchange for an honest review*
I don't know if I can explain why I wasn't a fan of this book...
I'm not sure if it was the writing style, or the fact that the story was so unrealistic, or that everything could have been resolved by a simple conversation but no matter the reasoning, it just left me with a bad feeling.
The story was about a dysfunctional family and a missing persons case. Our main character, Louise, is depressed and suicidal after an incident with her daughter referred to as 'that night'. A year after the event, her husband Michael tells her that he's been having an affair with her sister (this didn't add anything to the plot at all I was very confused at the end as to why this was necessary) and he's going to be arrested for money laundering which will leave them with nothing. Obviously, Louise is upset and needs to get away for a while so she stays at the family's country house away from London. A few days later, her daughter goes missing and Louise is getting frightened when clues start showing up at her door.
First of all, 'that night' is explained about halfway through the book in random chapters. I felt that there wasn't really a need to hide what happened to make Louise and her daughter so upset. On top of that, the actual event was messed up. If they had called the police right away, I doubt that they would have gotten into too much trouble but they have this debilitating fear that they're going to jail forever that stops their brains from working properly, apparently. After a desperate attempt to cover up their crime, they decide never to talk about it again... and then talk about it all the time.
Second of all, her husband's affair with her sister was useless other than making her take some time away at the country house. Also, somewhere in the book the sister tells Michael she's pregnant which goes nowhere also.
The book makes it clear that someone is stalking Louise and Brooke, and it's not too hard to figure out who, but the why is a little much. I can understand wanting to get revenge for what they'd done, but that's just overboard. I doubt a 'normal' person would be able to go through with that type of behavior.
Overall, it was entertaining just because of the dramatics involved but as far as a mystery/psychological thriller goes, I'd say it was poorly thought out.