What She Left is billed a psychological thriller, which indeed causes many suppositions as one reads on wondering exactly how it is that Alice Salmon came to her death on February 4, 2012. But, it is also about the lives the people around her: her tatted up boyfriend, Luke, whom no one seems to trust; her professor in anthropology who is writing a book while examining his own past; her mother who suffered a brief spell of toying with suicide when left by her lover several decades ago.
The novel is comprised of emails and letters, journal entries and voice mails, newspaper clippings and interviews. Each presents its own point of view, its own revelation of the person who wrote it. I liked considering each character individually, as well as how he or she related to Alice’s life. Or, in this case, death. In fact, more significant to me than the cause of Alice’s death was the portrayal of the people in her life.
Almost always, I appreciate the intricacies of each character more than the plot. On that level, the novel shines. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the chance to read this book.
Praise for the novel includes:
“An extraordinary and bold creation.”—The Guardian (UK) “Best Recent Crime Novels”
“Strikingly modern.”—The Sunday Times (UK)
“Every month brings another book billed the new Gone Girl, but we think we’ve found a winner.” —Marie Claire (UK)
“A classic whodunnit, given a modern twist.”—Huffington Post
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