What Doesn’t Kill You is the third book in the Chesil Beach series and that did initially concern me that I hadn’t read the first two. But don’t let that put you off there is absolutely no need to read the others to enjoy this novel.
All the characters were 3 dimensional our hero Griff and his wife Evie have already separated before our story begins. Some of the subjects which are tackled such as domestic abuse and self harm will be particular hard hitting to people who have been in similar situations.
Other hard to deal with subjects are dealt with too but there is light and laughter to contrast the dark and powerful.
Griff’s ex decides to show up and cause all sorts of problems to add to the myriad of one already happening in the book. Griff doesn’t understand why Evie is doing so much to help his father Logan .
I don’t want to give spoilers away or other clues but Laura E James tackles everything in the book with a sensitivity that I did appreciate having faced some of the dark themes mentioned in the book myself. If you have never read any of Laura’s previous novels I would give this one a try. It is slow to get going in comparison to some I have read but believe me when I say you will not regret sticking with the story.