Monday, 23 March 2015

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Thanks to Bookbridgr and Headline Review I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review............

I'm the only one who knows the secrets her friends have hidden, the mistakes the police have made.
I'm the only one who can warn her she's still in danger.
I know exactly who attacked her.
He's the same man who killed me.

A man walking his dog in Ham Common Woods Richmond Park discovers the body of 30 year-old Eve Elliot who has been strangled to death. Her body had bee there for up to a week before being discovered. Eve worked as Senior Producer for a TV programme Appeal that investigated miscarriages of justice. The question is who killed Eve Elliot and why? 

Six years previous to this 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 anyone or her own judgement.

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 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, preparing to strike again.

The story is narrated from 3 different people, Eve whom is dead, Melody who was attacked and survived the vicious attack six years ago and DI Rutter the investigating police officer on the case.

This is the second novel by Colette Mc Beth and I will definitely read more of her work. I really liked and enjoyed this book, it dipped slightly in the middle but gathered pace again as I raced towards the end of it.  It was full of twists and turns and I had in my mind 2 suspects but I was completely wrong by the end of the book.  A very clever psychological thriller which makes you ask the question, do you really know anyone at all!??

This is available on Kindle and in all good bookstores.

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