Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What She Left by T. R. Richmond - US Release + a Giveaway

Last year I participated in a blog tour promoting the UK release of T. R. Richmond's What She Left, a fabulous suspense read about the secrets uncovered in the wake of a college girl's death. The book is brand spanking new out in the US TODAY and I didn't want any of you to miss out, so I'm reposting that review in hopes you'll run out and buy a copy :)

I'm also giving away a copy so be sure to read through to the end to enter.

When Jeremy Cooke hears about Alice Salmon's tragic death, he is rocked to his core. Once upon a time, Cooke was very close to Alice's mother and felt a fond affinity for Alice as well. Her death can't be her end. 

And so he begins collating material on Alice - Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, texts, journal entries... anything and everything he can lay his hands on pertaining to her life and experiences. A project forms, one with an anthropological basis - a map of Alice's life. But amazingly, what begins as a bit of an obsession and refusal to say goodbye soon transforms into an investigation that could shed light on Alice's final moments. 

What She Left is a great example of storytelling through somewhat unique means. At heart, Alice's death is a mystery. But so is her life. Using letters, diary entries, and all sorts of electronic correspondence as the narrative thread, Richmond builds a tale that not only fills in the gaps of Alice's story, but of her mother's, her friends', and Cooke's as well.

The various pieces form chapters of a sort. Chapters that are short enough to keep the story moving at a fairly quick pace. And yet, though this is described as a thriller and though there is - as I mentioned - a mystery central to the story, the book doesn't really read like a thriller at all. Instead, it's a sort of cross between the aftermath of death and it's effects on the living and a commentary on social media and the electronic stamp one leaves behind these days. (As well as the notion that not all of a person's public facade can truly be trusted.)

Richmond's debut is a fascinating one that will appeal to readers who enjoy unreliable narrators, epistolary novels, and psychological suspense.

Rating: 4/5

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4 comments:

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Terry said...

This seems like an interesting way to tell one's story. Looking forward to reading WHAT SHE LEFT.

Kimberly V said...

This sounds good. I love it when a story is told with letters and diary entries. Short chapters are always great too.

KAS said...

I've seen mixed reviews of this one, but I trust your opinion. Plus, I am very interested in epistolary novels and unreliable narrators are fine with me! :-) Thanks for this opportunity, Becky, and for your thoughtful review. Cheers, Kara S