What She Left

Finished What She Left by T.R. Richmond.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Gone doesn’t mean forgotten.

When Alice Salmon died last year, the ripples were felt in the news, on the internet, and in the hearts of those who knew her best.

But the person who knows her most intimately isn’t family or a friend. Dr Jeremy Cook is an academic whose life has become about piecing together Alice’s existence in all its flawed and truthful reality.

For Cooke, faithfully recreating Alice’s life – through her diaries, emails and anything using her voice – is all-consuming. He does not know how deep his search will take him, or the shocking nature of what he will uncover…”

This book is such a blast to read.  It’s told through emails, newspaper articles texts, diary entries, blog posts and comments (and a few other devices) and that makes it incredibly easy to read (and incredibly easy to keep reading).  We know that Alice has died, but we don’t know why (did she kill herself? Was it an accident? Did someone kill her?) and there are some pretty compelling pieces of evidence with each theory.

The most interesting part is that we are also not sure who can be trusted.  Everyone seems to have secrets and to know more than they’re telling about Alice’s disappearance.  It makes it really hard to know what’s going on and whose stories should be believed.

When we finally learn the truth, I will admit that I was really blindsided.  That doesn’t happen that often and kudos to TR Richmond for it. :)

Recommended.

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