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Publisher's Summary

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.

My name is Constance Little.

This is my love story.

But this isn’t the way it was supposed to end.

After fleeing Manchester for London, Constance attempts to put past tragedies behind her and make a fresh start. When she embarks on a relationship with the new doctor at the medical practice where she works, she’s convinced she’s finally found the love and security she craves.

Then he ends it. But if life has taught her anything, it’s that if you love someone, you should never let them go.

That's why for Constance Little, her obsession is only just beginning....

©2020 Charlotte Levin (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd 2020

Critic Reviews

"One of the best books I’ve ever read." (Ruth Jones)

"This is superb...and compulsive and disturbing and very well done indeed." (Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange)

"An exceptionally raw and visceral and painfully funny novel." (Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths)

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Lovely story

Wonderful book, very compelling character -- in the vein of Eleanor Oliphant (and definitely as good IMO)

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  • 10-07-2020

The best thing you'll have heard in years!

This was absolutely superb, with characters that gripped me from the start, and a story that kept me awake at night. Very hard to put away! The lead character, Constance, like any of us - is prone to weakness, and often just one decision away from a completely different life, yet she finds hidden strength when she needs it. She's a great character - (think Alice Morgan in Luther, though with much less killing). Others easily raise the right amount of emotion, whether it's disgust, empathy or sheer hatred. I didn't expect the ending, though it certainly left me feeling satisfied. I really hope Charlotte Levin gets working on her next book soon. I very much doubt this will be her last book, she clearly has plenty of talent!

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  • Marissa
  • 22-10-2020

I loved this!!

Wow. What an amazing story. I couldn’t stop listening! Brilliantly narrated with various themes intertwined. I highly recommend this!

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  • Emsie
  • 20-10-2020

Loved every minute of it!

I couldn't stop listening to this captivating, funny, poignant, beautifully written story. I loved the frankness and quiet strength of the main character. And the narrator performing various accents was superb!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-2020

couldn't put this down.

I was captured by this in the first chapter. couldn't put it down . Not the finale I have as expecting at all

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  • sacha
  • 25-10-2020

Engrossing

Built the story and atmosphere well. Not exactly a feel good book and possibly a bit over long, but quite got me gripped from the beginning.

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  • Gonia
  • 05-10-2020

Couldn't stop!

A very engaging listen. I didn't want it to end! I cannot wait for another book by the same author.

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  • miss leanne glasspool
  • 27-09-2020

Disappointing

A little boring unfortunately. I felt as though I was forever waiting for the punchline but it never came. The narrator's voice was very monotonous too.

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