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Title:
The life I left behind
Author:
McBeth, Colette, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
343 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody's neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David's betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends ... Soon after David is released from prison, Eve Elliot is murdered in an attack almost identical to Melody's. With the start of a new police investigation, Melody is suddenly pulled from her ordered, secluded life and back into the messy world around her"--
General Note:
"A novel"--Jacket.

Originally published: Great Britain : Headline Publishing, 2015.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250041210
Format :
Book

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Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody's neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David's betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends. In fact, she no longer really has any friends. She's built a life behind walls and gates and security codes; she's cloistered herself away from the world almost entirely.


And then, soon after David is released from prison, Eve Elliot is murdered in an attack almost identical to Melody's. With the start of a new police investigation, Melody is suddenly pulled from her ordered, secluded life and back into the messy world around her. But as she learns more about Eve's murder, Melody starts to wonder if perhaps David hadn't betrayed her after all...if perhaps the killer is someone else entirely, someone who's still out there, preparing to strike again.


Narrated alternately by Melody and by Eve's lingering ghost, The Life I Left Behind is a taut thriller and an intimate look at two young women bound together in ways neither of them could ever have predicted. Colette McBeth has proven once again that she is a master of suspense.


Author Notes

COLETTE MCBETH was a BBC TV Crime Reporter 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. The Life I Left Behind is her second novel.


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Booklist Review

Melody Pieterson, who was attacked by her neighbor six years ago, has struggled to reclaim her former life, and now she rarely leaves the home she shares with her fiancé outside of London. Then Melody's attacker, David Alden, is released from prison, and investigative journalist Eve Elliot's body is found in a local park, left in exactly the same way Melody was. Melody should be reassured that this attack will certainly send Alden away again, but when she learns that Eve was investigating the possibility of Alden's innocence in the first attack, Melody's curiosity is awakened. Why would Alden murder the woman trying to clear his name? McBeth's debut novel, Precious Thing (2014), took readers on a fantastic trip into a twisted female friendship, and she again explores the dark area beyond love in this multifaceted portrayal of obsession, loyalty, and control. Melody's reawakening and Eve's regrets and triumphs will hook readers quickly, especially fans of female-centered psychological suspense novels like those by S. J. Watson, Lisa Unger, and Samantha Hayes.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Trust, obsession, and survival provide the foundation for British author McBeth's outstanding second novel, a standalone like her 2014 debut, Precious Thing. Melody Pieterson nearly dies during an attack by a London neighbor and friend, David Alden, who was convicted of the crime and sent to prison. Six years later, Melody's physical pain has abated, but she still feels the emotional pain of being betrayed by David. She lives with her fiancé, but seldom leaves their secluded house a few miles from London. Melody is forced to relive the violence when another woman, Eve Elliot, is murdered shortly after David is paroled. McBeth smoothly alternates points of view among Melody, who struggles to rejoin humanity; Eve, who speaks from the grave; and Det. Insp. Victoria Rutter, who investigated both cases and begins to question David's guilt. The author avoids gimmicks as the action realistically builds to a surprise finale. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.