** advanced copy received via Netgalley **
Author : G.J. Minett
Title : Anything For Her
Pages : 368
Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date : November 30, 2017
When Billy Orr returns home to spend time with his dying sister, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Aimi, the love of his life. He might not have seen her in eleven years, but Billy’s never forgotten her. He’d do anything for her then, and he’d do anything for her now.
When Aimi tells him that she wants to escape her abusive husband, Billy agrees to help her fake her own death. But is she still the Aimi that Billy remembers from all those years ago?
Once Aimi disappears, Billy has to face the possibility that perhaps she had different reasons for disappearing – reasons that might be more dangerous than she’s led him to believe . . .
Sometimes trusting the one you love is the wrong thing to do.
When Billy returns home to spend time with his sister, he bumps into his former girlfriend, Aimi. He may not have seen her since they were teenagers but he’s never forgotten her and his feelings for her are still as strong as they were back then. Aimi tells him she wants to leave her abusive husband and she needs Billy’s help to fake her own death. But can Aimi be trusted?
Wow, what a ride! G.J. Minett sure knows how to spin a web of deceit and lies. This is one of those stories where you can’t trust anyone. Every word that comes out of these characters’ mouths needs to be weighed up carefully and even then, it’s hard to know if what they say is the truth or not.
I really liked the way the author tackled this story. Anything For Her has an incredibly intricate plot which is brilliantly constructed. Yes, it takes a bit of concentration and focus as the storyline switches back and forth between various time periods but it also enables the author to end certain chapters on a bit of a cliffhanger, ensuring I was gripped and eager to find out more.
Joe is an incredibly fascinating character. You never quite know how he’s going to react to certain situations and he’s not the most reliable person either. Maybe you think it’s a tad weird that he’d go out of his way to help someone he’s not seen for so long. Or that he could possibly still be in love with her after all this time. But I think his backstory explains that quite well, when you realise at which point in his life he met her.
I’ve read all three of G.J. Minett’s books and I think this is his best one yet. Utterly compelling and absorbing throughout with the most satisfying conclusion. If you’ve not read anything by this author before, I heartily recommend you fix the error of your ways.
Many thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for the advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!
Anything For Her is available in ebook format today. The paperback will be published in March.