Review of Anything For Her by Jack Jordan

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Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: June 21, 2015

Publisher: JJP

Goodreads blurb: 

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. 

Review: 

Some of you may remember my glowing review of Jordan’s second novel, My Girl. That book made me so excited to get my hands on his debut novel, Anything For Her and I couldn’t wait to read it. It’s similar in many ways as the chapters are short, intense and fast paced. The main characters are also both tormented women who are haunted and destroyed by their past. Anything For Her allows all the members of the Leighton family to share their viewpoints. There’s the mother, Louise, father Michael, daughter Brooke and son Dominic. A big difference here for me is that the characters in this book were all, with the exception of Dominic, completely awful and despicable people. I couldn’t relate to any of them whatsoever, yet I still cared enough to know what was going to happen to them. 

Right from the start, Louise flees to the Cotswalds, which provides the perfect creepy and eerie setting for the events that unfold. There’s one particular scene that takes place in a barn that gave me chills. 

It took until about halfway through the book to even begin to find out what happened on That Night. The suspense leading up to the reveal killed me in the best possible way. When the main climax and big reveal happened I was shocked, horrified and found myself gasping. 
Jordan has a way of following his characters during the absolute worst times in their lives and makes the reader question how they think they would handle themselves if the unthinkable happened to you and your family. Would you make the same choices as they did? How does one really know what they would do in a horrifying situation until you are staring it in its ugly face? 

Fair warning, this book has portions that are violently graphic, but I feel they are necessary to the storyline. Nothing gratuitous. I don’t wanna reveal too much, but this book takes the reader on a ride full of secrets, betrayal, cover ups, mysterious stalkers, and the stark desperation of a family trying to keep it all together.

My one slight complaint is that I wish there would’ve been more character development in both Michael and Louise’s sister Denise. I would’ve liked to know more about Louise and Denise’s relationship before the affair. What kind of woman sleeps with her brother in law? With Michael I would have liked to hear more about the events that led up to his demise. What exactly did he do and how was he caught? 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Netgalley and JJP for a ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

Review of My Girl by Jack Jordan

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Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: July 4, 2016

Publisher: JJP

Goodreads blurb: 

Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man. 
She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house. 
Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death? 
Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets. 
But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me. 

Review:

Let me start off by saying I’m not one to gush. Fair warning, this will be a very gushy review. 

I started this book last night with no intention of finishing it in one sitting. I was simply trying to unwind for the night and read just a few chapters. Well, joke is on me because I completely devoured this book in less than two hours!

Paige is such a tragedy. She’s like a train wreck that you can’t possibly tear your eyes away from. She is so damaged and broken that it’s heartbreaking. She is at the very end of her rope and is clinging onto what’s left of her sanity for dear life.  And who could possibly blame her? She’s been dealt some devastating and unimaginable blows that would break even the strongest of people.

I really want to talk about this book in depth, but alas I would spoil it for everyone. Let’s just say that it is shocking, twisted and addicting. One of the twists blew my mind. I actually had to pause from reading and let what just happened sink in. I even said, no effing way! out loud. This book has a secure spot on my must read least for this year. 

Keep in mind, this novel is not for the faint of heart. It’s very dark and terrifying in so many ways, but Jordan is one hell of a storyteller and his writing is compelling and totally drew me in. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Netgalley and JJP for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.