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What She Left by T.R. Richmond

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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...

Goodreads Summary

It's always sad when a young person leaves us way too early. Especially when it seems like the terms of their death aren't completely sorted out yet. Alice could have died by an accident, a suicide, or even a murder, and the various media outlets are running rampant with the little information that has become available so far. In the murder front, there are two suspects, a boyfriend and a college professor. The college professor has made it his mission to piece her life back together to find the true answers to the cause of her death.

The author's ways of presenting clues is very intriguing to me. I loved how all of the evidence is presented in the form of social media, hand-written letters, emails, and texts. It was awesome to see all of the different perspectives and angles that lead to the answers that everyone is looking for. Alice is a very  flawed character, however she is still very likable and will draw you in the more you read about who she was before she died. One thing that I would say could have been a bit better was that the focus was a little bit too centered in on the college professor as opposed to Alice's life. Overall, this is a thrilling read, with a very unexpected ending. You will enjoy this book!

3.5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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