Author: Charlotte Levin
Published by: Pan Macmillan on Aug. 25, 2020
Source: Publishers Group Canada
Book Rating: 8.5/10
If I Can’t Have You by Charlotte Levin is an all-consuming novel about loneliness, obsession and how far we go for the ones we love.
What if the problem with your love life is you?
Samuel, the day we met I knew I’d finally found what I’ve been waiting for. You.Happiness, at last.
Then you left me.
And now I am alone.
Everyone I love leaves in the end.
But not this time.
I’m not giving up on us.
I’m not giving up on you.
When you love someone, you never let them go. That’s why for me, this is just beginning.
Cunning, compulsive, and unsettling!
If I Can’t Have You is an addictive, sinister, character-driven tale that takes you into the life of Constance Little, a lonely, fragile, young woman whose life quickly spins out of control after the tragic loss of her mother causes her to seek attention, affection and love from all the wrong places.
The prose is tight and tense. The characters are impulsive, vulnerable, and troubled. And the plot told through retrospective first-person narration is a slow-burning, creepy yet heartbreaking tale of life, loss, love, desperation, deception, jealousy, manipulation, anger, hatred, obsession, and emotional volatility.
Overall, If I Can’t Have You is a gripping, nuanced, fantastic debut by Levin that does a remarkable job of reminding us that love is not just lightness and joy but also sometimes extremely dark and dangerous.
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Thank you to Publishers Group Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.