The Life I Left Behind


How did I get it?:
Received from Bookbridgr- many thanks to Headline books!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Precious Thing


I’m the only one who knows the secrets her friends have hidden, the mistakes the police have made.
I’m the only one who can warn her she’s still in danger.
I know exactly who attacked her.
He’s the same man who killed me.


I enjoyed Colette McBeth’s debut novel Precious Thing last year, so I was happy to be sent a copy of The Life I Left Behind by Bookbridgr. The Life I Left Behind proves what a good writer Colette McBeth is. Both of her books have been psychological thrillers which were real page turners!

The Life I Left Behind tells the story from three perspectives. One of Melody, who is a survivor of a terrible attack who she believes was her next door neighbour and good friend. Another perspective is Eve, a victim of supposedly the same attacker who wasn’t as lucky to survive. The third perspective is from Victoria who is investigating the crimes. Eve’s perspective is obviously told from the dead. She’s dead but hasn’t yet moved on as she has unfinished business!

The characters were interesting and easy to get invested in. Melody was clearly not coping after the attack and was trying to cover up her worries and anxieties. I found Eve’s character the most intriguing though. Through Eve’s perspective the reader slowly finds out what lead to her death. I found her storyline very intriguing. It was interesting to discover what she was privately investigating before her death and how that linked to the other characters. Victoria’s perspective wasn’t as in depth but it was still a good addition to the story. I loved how everything came together. For me, it wasn’t predictable which I always appreciate.

It takes quite a while for the murderer to be revealed, and I wondered whether the story could have been condensed to pick up the pace in the middle. That’s only a minor niggle though. I found The Life I Left Behind to be a decent read about the lives of Melody and Eve before and after the attacks.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An interesting psychological thriller which focuses on the lives of our main characters more than the crime committed itself!

8 thoughts on “The Life I Left Behind

  1. Reading your review of this immediately made me think of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold which is still a personal favorite of mine. I think I will be looking for this book in the future. Excellent review!

  2. Hopping over from the British Books Challenge…

    This sounds like one I would like it — I often enjoy a ghostly perspective in a novel.

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