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What Doesn’t Kill You

Published Date: January 9, 2017

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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – but how strong can one person be?

Griff Hendry knows what it is to be strong. After a turbulent past, he’s dedicated himself to saving lives, working as a coastguard along the breath-taking shores of Dorset. It’s Griff’s belief that everyone is worth saving – which is why he can’t forgive his father, Logan, for what he did.

Griff’s future is plunged into uncertainty when his wife, Evie, tells him she wants a separation. The revelation is a shock and leads Griff to question what Evie could possibly be hiding – and she isn’t the only one holding back. Griff’s troubled stepdaughter, Tess, also harbours a dark secret.

As the truth is uncovered, Griff is forced to accept that perhaps he’s never understood what real strength is. 

Book 3 – Chesil Beach series.

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Laura E James

Laura James_author pic copyLaura is married and has two children. She lives in Dorset, but spent her formative years in Watford, a brief train ride away from the bright lights of London. Here she indulged her love of live music, and, following a spectacular Stevie Nicks gig, decided to take up singing, a passion that scored her second place in a national competition.

Laura is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, a member of her local writing group, Off The Cuff, and an editor of the popular Romaniacs blog.

Laura was runner-up twice in the Choc Lit Short Story competitions. Her story Bitter Sweet is to be released in the forthcoming Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Anthology to be published in 2014. Truth or Dare, Laura’s debut novel, is shortlisted for the 2014 Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Gillian Brown
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    When I realised this was a romantic novel, I have to be honest, it put me off as I expected rather fatuous, unskilled writing! Quite the opposite was the case. I very skillfully crafted, well observed and well written novel! I would definitely seek out books by Laura E James, and keep an open mind about future Choc-Lit reads. Well done – kept my attention and kept up the suspense!

  2. Katthryn Fairclough
    Katthryn Fairclough at

    This book was a good read.

  3. Debbie S
    Debbie S at

    This book had me wanting to read more right from the first page with the descriptive writing which took me into the scene. The book is written from the points of view of the main characters Griff, Evie and Tess (Evie’s Daughter) but unlike some books although each chapter is from a different point of view the writer ensures that the story continues flowing smoothly.

    Evie has asked Griff to leave the family home however Griff doesn’t understand why and as you read further you understand what has made her come to this decision even though she clearly loves Griff. Logan, Griff’s Father who Evie is a carer for also has a key role.

    This book entwines a number of issues such as domestic violence and self-harming and old wounds which have never really healed and which means there are a a number of secrets revealed that have to be dealt with. I think the issues are interlinked and are totally believable and you really want them to work things out, ultimately this is about relationships and the strength of love.

    This is part of a series of books however you can easily read this is a standalone book and I will be looking out for the Authors other books for certain..

    I would definitely recommend this book if you are happy to read about sensitive, thought-provoking issues, dealt with sensitively and in such a way that you agree what doesn’t kill you definitely makes you stronger.

  4. Suze
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    …What Doesn’t Kill You is an impressive story. Laura E. James writes about difficult topics in a fantastic empathic way. Her descriptions of feelings are spot on and thoroughly thought through. Multiple points of view are making her novel extra fascinating, the voices are all strong and every angle possesses an equally great quality. I loved how original and surprising her story is. The many unexpected twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. What Doesn’t Kill You is thought-provoking and intriguing. I couldn’t put this book down and think it’s absolutely brilliant.
    Reviewed by Suze at With Love for Books
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  5. Tanya A
    Tanya A at

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The story line kept me guessing and really surprised me at the end. Beautifully written and I loved the location. I will be looking out for more by Laura E James.

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