Monday, 15 June 2015

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

The Life I Left Behind
By Colette McBeth
Published by Headline (Hardback/Kindle - out now; Paperback - 13 August 2015)
ISBN: 978-1472205995

Publisher's description
She's dead but she's the only one who knows what really happened.

What your friends have said.

What the police missed

Who attacked you.

So if you want the truth who else are you going to turn to?

My verdict
I really enjoyed The Life I Left Behind and read the whole book in under three hours.

The story is cleverly constructed from the viewpoints of three women: Eve, whose battered body has just been discovered by a dog walker; Melody, who survived a virtually identical vicious attack six years earlier; and DI Victoria Rutter who is investigating both cases.

Six years ago, a man was charged with Melody's attack. He has now served his time and was recently released from prison. But a fresh look at the evidence suggests that he was innocent all along. Following Eve's murder, it appears that Melody could be in danger again.

The Life I left Behind is a well-written page turner. It's filled with suspense, twists and turns, manipulation, heartbreak and intrigue. The book is primarily a story about searching for Eve's murderer, using clues from Melody's past. But it's also a story about Melody's traumatised mind, and her journey to regaining her memory and confidence.

Colette McBeth is a talented storyteller, and I now can't wait to read her previous book Precious Thing.

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