If it doesn't hurt, it's not love: the gripping new novel from the bestselling author of ASKING FOR IT. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Jodi Picoult.
From the ground-breaking, bestselling author of ASKING FOR IT and ONLY EVER YOURS comes an unforgettable new novel about how dangerous, painful and addictive love can be.
When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.
So it doesn't matter that he's twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she's sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.
Sarah's friends are worried. Her father can't understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she's on the verge of losing her job.
But Sarah can't help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.
And love is supposed to hurt.
This story will haunt me forever. Everyone should read it - Guardian, on Asking for It
Try to be brave, grown-ups. O'Neill's second novel may be scary, but it is riveting and essential - New York Times, on Asking for It
Utterly magnificent . . . gripping, accomplished and dark - Marian Keyes
Establishes Louise O'Neill as a literary tour de force - Irish Independent, on Asking for It
A dark dream. A vivid nightmare. The world O'Neill imagines is frightening because it could come true. She writes with a scalpel - Jeanette Winterson, on Only Ever Yours
A real, raw story of how a woman's yearning for a potent relationship can poison happiness but help her discover the shadowy parts of herself. Louise O'Neill will once again connect to the secret, intimate places of readers' minds and lives - Cecelia Ahern
A bold, uncompromising depiction of obsessive love. Reinvents the template for the female protagonist. - Marian Keyes
With a pen sharp as needles, the author unpicks the kind of obsessive love to which nobody is immune: I would challenge any reader to turn the final page without having flushed, at least once, in recognition. Her gaze is unflinching but never cruel; we are invited to examine, but never judge. O'Neill is a vital and necessary presence in contemporary literature, and we are lucky to have her. - Sarah Perry
Louise O'Neill is the feminist powerhouse and outspoken voice for change whose novels Only Ever Yours and Asking for It helped to start important conversations about body image and consent. Asking for It won Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2015 and stayed in the Irish Top Ten fiction chart for over a year. Only Ever Yours won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and the Bookseller YA Prize. Film/TV rights have been optioned on both books. Louise lives and works in West Cork, Ireland. She contributes regularly to Irish TV and radio, and has a weekly column in the Irish Examiner.