Source: Purchased copy
A devilish psychological thriller from the widely loved GJ Minett, for fans of The Girl Before and Lie with Me.
You’d do anything for the one that got away . . . wouldn’t you?
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.
G.J. Minett is an author who has been on my radar for a while now; when I read the blurb for his third novel, Anything For Her, I knew I had to dive in straight away. Having finished his third book I can see what I have been missing out on, which is something I will have to rectify very soon. This is a real corker of a book.
We are introduced to Billy Orr, who has returned home from London to spend time with his dying sister, Mia. What he doesn’t expect is to be reunited with his former flame Aimi, who he dated for some time during his teenage years, a relationship which his sister didn’t approve of. Mia isn’t too keen in Billy becoming involved with Aimi again either. Soon after they become reacquainted Aimi asks for Billy’s help; but what she is asking his help for is dangerous and risky, it could have disastrous consequences for them both. Billy will do anything for Amy. But what he doesn’t realise is that he has become involved in something far more complex than he ever really thought possible. Can he trust Aimi and what is she really up to?
Anything For Her has a cleverly woven plot, I had no idea where it was heading and G.J. Minett has created some really complex characters who pull the reader into the story. Every character is well developed and has a clear sense of purpose in the story. Billy, in my opinion, was the most intriguing. As the novel progresses we see flashbacks to his childhood, I won’t go into any detail here as I don’t want to spoil the plot, but we begin to clearly understand his character and how the relationship he has with his sister today, develops; we begin to understand, especially, why she is so protective of him. There are some dark and slightly disturbing scenes which are crucial to Billy’s character, and it was these scenes which really hooked me early on, I wanted to get to the bottom of what was going on here and I couldn’t wait to see how the author would pull everything together. You can see that Minett has spent some time fleshing out Billy’s psyche which is done in both a believable and fascinating way.
The author also creates a deep unnerving sense around his characters and you really don’t know who you should trust. As the plot began to unravel I really did begin to wonder what was really going on in his character’s lives and he kept me glued to the pages.
G.J. Minett is a new writer to me who I will certainly be looking out for in the future. If this is only his third book, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with in future novels.
Publication date: 22nd March 2018
Print length: 368 pages