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What She Left by T. R. Richmond
  

What She Left

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May 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month.

An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime thriller from a different angle, Richmond's accomplished debut encourages the reader to become the sleuth. Alice Salmon dies in what initially appears a tragic case of drowning. An academic tries to assemble the pieces together and get to the bottom of the mystery and we follow his attempts through the traces of herself Alice scattered in her wake, online and elsewhere: tweets, newspaper cuttings, blogs, diaries, letters, emails. An ever-shifting perspective blurs before the reader's eyes until the whole begins to coalesce and unpeels layers and layers of deceipt and secrets. Another variation on the currently thriving unreliable female narrator bandwagon but one that makes it work in a unique manner. Will give you a lot of second thoughts about what you leave behind in your own day to day life! Genuinely chilling. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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This is likely to be one of 2015's most haunting and unforgettable debuts. Accident, murder or suicide? The whole mystery of Alice Salmon’s death is revealed in a series of letters from Professor Jeremy Cooke to an old friend which he never sends (why?) and Alice’s diaries, tweets, blogs, Facebook entries, emails, newspaper articles and the like. This adds a huge amount of suspense to the tale. Alice is fairly unstable, self-harming in her teens. She uses her diary for release, like blood-letting, but how reliable is her narrative? She was a young journalist (25) when she died. Jeremy Cooke had a long ago affair with her mother and knew Alice at university. He wants to write about her final days/hours, hence his research. The police are completely baffled! This shocking story of love, loss and obsession where everyone - including himself - has something to hide. It is a great read.

If you like T. R. Richmond you might also like to read books by Helen FitzGerald, Liane Moriarty and Amanda Prowse.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read their full reviews.

  • Richard Hamlin - 'This is one of the most original and engrossing reads I've had the pleasure of reviewing for Lovereading.'
  • Angela O'Donovan - 'Caught my attention from the first page. What a striking way to portray a character - and what led to her mysterious death - by hearing from those  around her, mostly in her last few years...'
  • Teresa O'Halloran - 'Just what happened to Alice Salmon that fateful night? We know she drowned, but was it an accident, suicide or MURDER? T.R. Richmond takes us on a thoroughly modern journey of intrigue.'
  • Tessa Olson - 'This book fascinated me from the first few pages, because in spite of the story which was gripping in itself, it got me thinking.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'A compilation of texts, blogs, letters and personal accounts, this totally unique whodunit holds its secrets close to its chest until the bitter end and sticks in your mind long after.'
  • Jennifer Stoddart - 'I really enjoyed this book, it was very original and really clever....  If you are looking for an engrossing thriller with a difference then this book comes highly recommended!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This is for those who enjoy a page turner with plenty of mystery that will leave you feeling unsettled about people’s online presence and what can be left behind.'
  • Bethany Dimmock - 'Richmond successfully adds a missing piece to the crime bookshelf by using an intriguing and current narrative style. I loved it.'
  • Janice Maxwell - 'The story grew on me as I got further into it...It was ok.'
  • Gill Wilmott - 'all in all an intriguing debut book by Mr. Richmond.'
  • Nicola Foster - 'The less divulged about this compelling book, the better, at least in my opinion. This is the sort of story that demands to be unravelled piece by piece...'
  • Val Rowe - 'An intriguing and memorable debut novel. A complete page-turner written in a unique format...Do read it!' 
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'It's a thriller, a modern, involving thriller but more than a 'did she fall, was she pushed, did she jump?' scenario, T.R Richmond's debut looks at the very modern process of grieving.' 
  • Jenny Heardman - 'The story was good and well thought out and I didn’t guess the ending...but the format just wasn’t for me.' 

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Synopsis

What She Left by T. R. Richmond

This is the year's most haunting and unforgettable debut. Who is Alice Salmon? Student. Journalist. Daughter. Lover of late nights, hater of deadlines. That girl who drowned last year. Gone doesn't mean forgotten. Everyone's life leaves a trace behind. But it's never the whole story. I will stand up and ask myself who I am. I do that a lot. I'll look in the mirror. Reassure myself, scare myself, like myself, hate myself. My name is Alice Salmon. When Alice Salmon died last year, the ripples from her tragic drowning could be felt in the news, on the internet, and in the hearts of those closest to her. However, the man who knows her best isn't family or a friend. His name is Dr Jeremy Cooke, an academic fixated on piecing together Alice's existence. Cooke knows that faithfully recreating Alice, through her diaries, text messages, and online presence, has become all-consuming. But he does not know how deep his search will take him into this shocking story of love, loss and obsession where everyone - including himself - has something to hide ...T. R. Richmond is an award-wining journalist who's written for local, regional and national newspapers, magazines and websites.

Reviews

If you liked The Girl on the Train then I think you'll like this just as much, if not more -- Scott Pack What She Left is an extraordinary and bold creation -- Laura Wilson Guardian Every month brings another book billed the new Gone Girl, but we think we've found a winner Marie Claire A deliciously modern take on the psychological thriller ... a shifting, mesmerising, mysterious story ... very well-written and intelligently realised, occupying a territory half way between literary novel and thriller ... a memorable debut Daily Telegraph An absorbing, intricate and extremely original novel. It is also immensely clever and intriguing. It kept making me recall how I'd felt watching Twin Peaks. The kind of immediate shock and grief I felt for Laura Palmer was what I felt for Alice. The process of piecing together the heroine's life is so absorbing. I mourned her more and more powerfully as the story went on. What She Left is beautifully written and very emotionally involving. I hope that it garners all of the commercial and critical success it deserves -- Claire Kendal, author of The Book of You There are a million psychological thrillers out there right now, but this one stands out ... Richmond keeps you guessing until the final pages in this compelling debut Glamour Strikingly modern Sunday Times A tight, clever, compelling story ... the reader must act as detective, rebuilding Alice Salmon from the digital footprint she leaves behind -- Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You A clever, imaginative and entertaining attempt to immerse the whodunit in the world of social media -- Marcel Berlins, The Times An ingeniously original premise ... addictive Sunday Express What a wonderful new voice. What a pleasure to read a thriller that's so ambitious and so full of emotion and suspense. Bravo! -- Nicci French, author of The Memory Game and Blue Monday Intriguing and successful ... a crime thriller from a different angle, Richmond's accomplished debut encourages the reader to become the sleuth ... Genuinely chilling -- Maxim Jakubowski Likely to be one of 2015's most haunting and unforgettable debuts. Accident, murder or suicide? ... A shocking story of love, loss and obsession where everyone has something to hide. It is a great read lovereading.com Guaranteed to keep you guessing Irish Independent Brilliant, totally original, can't-put-down-able -- Judith O'Reilly, author of Wife in the North A classic whodunnit, given a modern twist Huffington Post An engaging thriller, full of suspense WeLoveThisBook.com An exceptional book ... a forensic jigsaw, an ingenious puzzle ... and a most promising debut Shots Highly original, fascinating and completely compelling. I was hooked on Alice's story from the very first page. A novel guaranteed to make you look back and question your social media footprint, and how accurately it tells your own story -- Dani Atkins, author of Fractured Taut, multi-layered ... A disturbing, intelligently written novel that's a psychological thriller and crime novel all rolled into one ... Richmond shatters every assumption with a series of brilliantly delivered curve balls ... some critics are already comparing it to Gone Girl. They're not wrong ... the writing is strong, the narrative pace never slackens, while the climax is absolutely blistering Surrey Life Intriguing ... presents enough believable suspects and motives to keep the reader gripped The Herald This is how books should be written; full of trust and respect for the reader, allowing you to follow the darker paths and investigate yourself. This is a book of immense accomplishment, thrilling and clever - I absolutely devoured it, and I am left thinking simply that none of us are quite what we seem -- Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner and Human Remains What She Left leads the reader down a dark and twisty path of suspense and intrigue. This gripping and stylishly written novel left me chilled to the bone and captivated me from beginning to end -- Heather Gudenkauf, author of The Weight of Silence WHAT SHE LEFT is bold and inventive storytelling. The reader becomes the investigator, sorting through diary entries, letters, tweets, and emails to discover the truth beneath the tales of an entire cast of potentially unreliable narrators. This is not only a clever thriller, but an insightful exploration of identity and the personae we create in the social-media era -- Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Ex


About the Author

T. R. Richmond

T. R. Richmond is an award-wining journalist who's written for local, regional and national newspapers, magazines and websites.

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Publication date

23rd April 2015

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Publisher

Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Debuts of the Month
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
Literary Fiction
eBook Favourites
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780718179366

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