The Life I Left Behind

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The Life I Left Behind

This was a unique and well done psychological thriller. Six years ago Melody was attacked and left for dead. A dog walker finds her and saves her life. She has spent those years holed up in her home and isolated from the world. When the man convicted of the attack gets out of prison another girl, Eve, is soon killed. Melody soon begins to wonder if the wrong man was convicted of the crime. The story unfolds as the story is told with alternating points of view from Melody, Eve's ghost and the police officer investigating.

This was beautifully told through the different points of view. That is a technique that doesn't always work well but this author did a great job with it. The characters came to life and I was immediately drawn in. There are some very interesting side characters. Some you will like and some you definitely will not.

The mystery element was done well and it kept me guessing. It was good enough to keep me hooked but not overly complicated. The events that happened made sense to me.

This was a new author for me and I'm really glad I tried this book. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to check out this author's previous books.


Book Blurb for The Life I Left Behind

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.


Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2016 4.50