Book Title: Anything For Her
Author: Jack Jordan
REVIEWED BY: MARY
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Fiction
Date Read: 06/19/17
Pub Date: 06/11/15
Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.
Louise Leighton’s life has fallen apart, all because of one fateful night. Her husband is an adulterer, her sister is his mistress, and soon, Louise will lose everything she owns. But she never imagined she would lose her daughter.
Eighteen-year-old Brooke Leighton is missing. It’s up to Louise and the Metropolitan Police to find her. Has Brooke run away? Or has she been taken against her will? And can Louise aid the investigation without mentioning the night where all of her troubles began?
If she mentions that night, she will incriminate her daughter for heinous crimes. But if she doesn’t, she may never find Brooke; and if she has been abducted, the person who took her may come for Louise, too.
Sometimes the past comes back to kill you.
When I became an aunt, something in my chemistry changed, or more accurately, was awoken. Not only was I elated I was also fiercely protective. It was slightly startling to realize with one hundred percent certainty that I would lay down my life to protect another human being I had just laid my eyes on without a second thought. The enormity of that love was astounding. When I became a mother, that protective ferocity became second nature. I had no doubt in my mind that I would do anything to protect my child from harm. It wasn’t something that gave me pause, or that I had to contemplate, it just was. Becoming a parent is different for everyone, but it changes you in ways you could never predict.
Louise Leighton had a good life. She and her husband had been married for 20 blissful years with no end to their passion in sight. They had successful careers that supplied them wealth and privilege. They had two beautiful children, Dominic, who at 10 years old was sweet and innocent and sheltered from the harsh realities of the world, and adored by his parents and sister, and Brooke, a beautiful girl, smart and popular, a loving older sister and a precocious teenager. Life was good for Louise Leighton and her family…until it wasn’t.
In one night, the life that they had shared was shattered. Tom and Louise had gone to bed, more in love than ever, but when morning came there was a distance between the couple that Tom could never understand. His daughter had been a happy teenager, popular and social, but by the next morning was a shell of her former self. With the light of day came a new existence in the Leighton household, one in which his wife and daughter were reduced to tears, depression and secrets. The once stable foundation of their lives began to crumble under the weight of the secret that mother and daughter shared with one another but did not dare share with anyone else. The secret Brooke and Louise shared drained them of their former selves, leaving only anxiety, fear and sadness in its wake. Their secret drove a wedge between them and the rest of the world causing both to become reclusive and sullen.
As days, weeks and months passed, mother and daughter retreated further inside themselves and relied solely on each other to shoulder the pain that they bore. Tom, in deep legal trouble with his business and desperate for his old life, took solace in a mistress, Louise’s sister, Denise. Tom knew his affair was a despicable act, one for which he loathed himself, but was sure he would be forgiven. When he could no longer bare the guilt of his on going sins, he confessed to Louise. He blamed the night a year prior for his betrayal, the night when everything had changed for the worse, when his wife and daughter had begun keeping secrets and began to distance themselves from him and everyone else. He claimed the loneliness and heartbreak from missing his wife became to much to bear, but swore that the affair, was simply meaningless sex to fill a void and that he still loved her and didn’t want their marriage to end.
***I have to interject here; I was AMAZED, APPALLED and BAFFLED that this man didn’t think THIS particular betrayal would end his marriage. I mean, MAYBE a one-night stand with a stranger, while he was drunk could be forgiven over time given the circumstances. BUT HE SLEPT WITH HER SISTER! MULTIPLE TIMES! There’s no mansplaining your way out of that. You’re dead in the water, Pal.***
To no one’s surprise but Tom’s, Louise packs a bag and leaves. She does what any woman harboring a dark secret, imminent financial ruin, an adulterous husband and a back stabbing whore of a sister would do, she loads up on wine and heads for the country where she can drink herself into a stupor in solitude.
She refuses her children’s heartbreaking pleas to accompany her. She couldn’t possibly reach the level of inebriation she truly craves of in the presence of her children. She needs to be alone in order to fall apart and truly explore the depths of her heartbreak and despair, relying solely on wine to numb the pain when it becomes too much to bear. That is not a burden she wants her children to witness, but one she must endure on her own.
When someone begins to terrorize Louise in the country, shattering her solitude and the hope that she could outrun her secrets, she feels her sanity and her will to go on slipping away. When her daughter disappears, Louise knows it is no coincidence and experiences fear like she never has before. Desperate to bring her daughter home safely, Louise must decide if divulging their secret to the police will help them find Brooke or put her in grave danger. Feeling more alone and vulnerable than ever, Louise clings to the only thing she has left, her frantic need to protect her daughter at any cost.
ANYTHING FOR HER is a twisted psychological thriller that kept me on edge to the gut-wrenching end. This novel is a tumultuous read that explores the depths of parental love and sacrifice. How far are you willing to go to protect the ones you love? Hopefully, you never have to find out. This is a 4 star read filled with suspense and emotional turmoil that pairs well with a bottle of Seven Deadly Zins.