The Life I Left Behind

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

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Precious Thing

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

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!

British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

Stacking The Shelves #96

Click on the image to get to Tygna’s Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodreads page!

Bookbridgr:

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I’m looking forward to getting stuck into The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth. I’ve heard it’s a great read!

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I’m excited to read this short, festive read from Giovanna Fletcher. I enjoyed her previous books Billy and Me and You’re The One That I Want.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

 

 

Precious Thing

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How did I get it?:
Bookbridgr- Thanks to Headline

Synopsis:

Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good?

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever.

They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Now in their late twenties Rachel has everything while Clara’s life is spiralling further out of control. Then Clara vanishes.

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

Thoughts:

I first heard about Precious Thing on Cleo’s blog (read her review here), I wasn’t supposed to be requesting any more books, but once I had heard about this book I really wanted to check it out. I’m glad I did, because I thought Precious Thing was an engaging, interesting read. I did find it a little predictable in places, but in the main part, it was a wonderful read.

Precious Thing is certainly one of those books that you need to find time for, because once you’ve picked it up, it’s hard to put it back down again. I just kept on wanting to find out what was going to happen next. Our narrator, Rachel, is an unreliable narrator. I don’t know what it is about unreliable narrators, but I’ve really been enjoying exploring narratives told in this way. Rachel is a complicated character. I’m not sure whether I ever really liked her. Yet, I was still really intrigued to see what was going to happen to her. Rachel had a seemingly perfect life after a not so brilliant childhood. However, we see that Rachel’s life beings to unravel when she has to report on a news story about a missing woman. The missing woman was Clara, a woman who used to be her best friend.

Clara is also a really intriguing character. The reader learns about her through flashbacks and also the police investigation. I immediately didn’t like Clara. This didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story though, because I liked that I didn’t like her. I wanted to find out whether my judgment on her was justified. I found her to be incredibly manipulative. I could see why the young Rachel would be attracted to her and want to be friends with her.

I thought Precious Thing was a very accomplished debut. It’s not a perfect psychological thriller, but it’s engaging and enjoyable. I shall definitely look out for this author again in the future!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars

Stacking The Shelves #67- A crazy big haul after my long weekend away

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

With thanks to Headline books (via Book Bridgr):

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I’ve heard good things about Precious Things by Colette McBeth, so I look forward to reading that (hopefully) soon.

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I am SO excited about this book. I received it this Thursday, but by the time this post goes live, I may have already read it.

Storytellers Inc haul:

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Storytellers Inc is an amazing bookshop. I had a great weekend last weekend, exploring their shop. As you can see… I just had to buy some books! 😉 I’m particularly looking forward to More Than This by Patrick Ness, If You Can Find Me by Emily Murdoch and A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson.  But really, I can’t wait to read them all. It’s just when I find the time to. Hmmm..

Borrowed/given to me from Luna:

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I have a feeling that I’m going to be very busy with these books. This week’s haul definitely makes up for a quiet one last week!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link to your hauls in the comments below and I’ll stop by at some point!