What She Left by T. R. Richmond


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

Find another review at Book Addiction.



16 thoughts on “What She Left by T. R. Richmond”

  1. Thank you for this review, Meredith.

    I always look out for the intricacies of characters too. Looks like I will like this one. And, the cover is nice too, isn’t it?


    1. I’m not sure why the characters so often become more intriguing than the plot, but that is often the case with me. Perhaps because plots are either terribly predictable or else annoying contrived, whereas a well developed character has something about which to learn.

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    1. It’s funny how the pitch led me to believe it would be more “shocking” than it was. The praise made it sound so interesting…but then, haven’t we seen many novels of who killed the drowned girl before? It seems a recurrent theme, somehow.


  2. I really like the sound of this one, especially the format. I love to read journal entries, etc. It doe make for an interesting way of setting the scene. Great review, Bellezza!


    1. T. R. Richmond wrote a thriller with an interesting slant with using letters, emails, tweets, etc. I liked putting together the different voices, and as Book Addiction mentioned, the way that the Professor became more and more unreliable.


  3. This sounds like another good read, but I have to make a note to get a copy in print and not the audio. Letters, emails, etc. don’t work well (at least not for me) in the audio format.


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