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The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth
  

The Life I Left Behind

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January 2015 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.

Written in the first person by the three main characters, one dead, one suffering from memory loss and the other trying to unravel the whole mess, this is a fast read where you will probably guess the villain of the piece quite early on. It harks back initially to 1987, then a murder some six years previous to the present action, then today. A bit predictable, a bit familiar but a nice easy read. It is her second novel, her first was better (Precious Thing) and I look forward to her third.

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Reader Reviews

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  • Farah Alam - 'I would recommend this book on the basis that it felt like you know who the killer was but, end up perhaps being wrong. The storyline wasn't as predictable and, I liked this book for it.' Read full review >
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'Two women are brutally attacked. They must find each other in order to learn the truth behind their attacks. A cleverly constructed novel told from two interesting viewpoints with a pulsating ending.' Read full review >
  • Reba Khatun - 'Colette McBeth is a brilliant writer.  She kept me hooked from the first page to the very end.' Read full review >
  • Neil Williams - 'I'll certainly be looking out for more from this great new author.' Read full review >
  • Teresa O'Halloran - 'A truly breathtaking read. A gripping psychological thriller that pulls you in and holds you in suspense until the finish. Highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Jenny Shirley - 'An interesting murder mystery, good but not great. Full of potential and easy to read but a little disappointing.' Read full review >
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'A rollercoaster thriller of a murder mystery...I can’t wait to read more by this author.' Read full review >
  • Alison Greenacre - 'Loved it! This is a great read.  It's pacey, great characters and really thrilling story line...one of the best things I've read all year!' Read full review >
  • Caroline Mathews - 'Another page-turning thriller from Colette McBeth that kept me up way later than I should have been!' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Jayne - 'A compelling and enthralling suspense novel that will keep you up all night reading it until the end.' Read full review >
  • Jill Peters - 'Colette McBeth transports the reader into the minds and thoughts of the two main characters...I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would certainly recommend it to others.' Read full review >
  • Gill Wilmott - 'A simply excellent book...I shall now definitely be looking to read this author’s first novel, if it’s as good as this one I have missed a treat.' Read full review >
  • Fiona Rothery - 'A very well written and unpredictable thriller, it keeps you guessing with its constant interweaving.  I would definitely recommend it.' Read full review >
  • Richard Hamlin – 'Colette McBeth is a talented writer, delivering a crime thriller with a series of twists and sinister revelations. This novel however stood out for me due to the wry observations that McBeth made throughout .' Read full review >
  • Edel Waugh - 'If you want a book to keep you up until the early hours flicking pages and eager to know how it will end then look no further than this book. Truly great.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Williams - 'I really enjoyed this psychological thriller and was pleasantly surprised by it...I will definitely be keeping an eye out for further titles by this author.' Read full review >
  • Debbie Patrick - 'Excellent book. Well worth reading.' Read full review >
  • Maureen Gourlay - 'No-one is what they seem in this gripping and chilling novel...it was not many pages in until I was gripped by this chilling tale.' Read full review >
  • Alison Bisping - 'This is Collette McBeth's second novel - and what a read.  I can't wait for her to publish more.' Read full review >
  • Sheila Dale - 'This is a great psychological thriller, the characters are believable and the twist and turns are great, quit unputdownable.' Read full review >
  • Jenny Heardman - 'Eve is dead, yet she is the one person who can find her killer. A murder mystery with help from beyond the grave.' Read full review >
  • Cat Hogwood - 'How a life can be turned upside down - everyone has their own secrets...I enjoyed this book and once I was immersed in the story I couldn't put it down.' Read full review >
  • Helen Lowry - 'Complex characters, sharp writing and a sharper plot, all designed to draw the reader in and keep you guessing to the end. Highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Emma Barton - 'This is an original book telling the story of two women who are linked through a vicious attack by the same violent man, but only one of them has survived.'  Read full review >
  • Joan Sidwell - 'This book is extremely well written and researched, a real page turner with a gripping plot.' Read full review >

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Synopsis

The Life I Left Behind by 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?

Reviews

Praise for Colette McBeth:

'Colette McBeth delivers twists and shocks with superb timing. An impressive debut
The Times

'An excellent storyteller... Precious Thing is more than deserving of a place on the modern thriller bookshelf'
Sunday Express

'An interesting and original page-turner'
Literary Review

'A cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this'
Sunday Mirror

'Precious Thing is one of my top five books of 2013. Truthfully, I would go on for hours about what I loved about this psychologically disturbing, thoroughly readable, cleverly written book'
Fabulousmag

About the Author

Colette McBeth

Colette McBeth was a BBC TV New s Correspondent for ten years. She lives in West London with her husband and three young children. She attended the Faber Academy Novel Writing Course in 2011. Her first novel, Precious Thing, was published in 2013.

Author photo © Paul Curran

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2015

Author

Colette McBeth

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Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Books of the Month
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781472205988

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