Friday 2 October 2015

The Life I Left Behind - Colette McBeth

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?

What did I think?

Oh that was pretty creepy!  It's an absolutely brilliant format for a book - the murdered girl who was investigating an attempted murder of the one who got away.  I wasn't a big fan of The Lovely Bones so I was a bit concerned about the narration by Eve, the dead girl, but it links together so beautifully that I had no cause for concern whatsoever.

It's really quite a unique book as Melody and Eve's stories link together.  I suspected everybody and pored over every bit of evidence as it was revealed.  Who was the little boy in the beginning of the story who found his dead mother?  Why did he try to kill Melody, succeed in killing Eve, and try to kill Melody again?  So many questions that will be answered within these wonderful pages.

I wasn't surprised to discover that Colette McBeth had been a TV reporter, as the writing and investigative style is impeccable.  I was fascinated and delighted by Melody's awakening from her self-inflicted prison and surprised by each turn of events.  Once I got a third of the way into the book I rocketed through it and kicked myself when I found out that my suspicions were being directed to the wrong person!

A fabulously original book that had me intrigued and kept me guessing throughout.

I received this book from the publisher, Headline,  via bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:

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