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The Life I Left Behind: A must-read taut and twisty psychological thriller (Paperback)
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The Life I Left Behind: A must-read taut and twisty psychological thriller (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 13/08/2015
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You know those books you feel jealous of everyone reading? This is one of those those. Read it. Savour it. Talk about it. Share it.

'The plot is taut and compelling, the writing excellent, but it's the exciting narrative structure that sets it apart - a three-strand storyline, one told by a woman who has already been murdered' (Marian Keyes Guardian)


Everyone tells her she's a survivor. No-one knows she's dead inside.

Six years ago Melody was left for dead. When the body of another woman, Eve, is discovered, Melody knows her attacker is still out there. The only way she can survive is to follow the clues of the life that Eve left behind.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472205995
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 276 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Lots of women published great, grippy thrillers this year - Colette McBeth's The Life I Left Behind (Headline Review) is one of the best. The plot is taut and compelling, the writing excellent, but it's the exciting narrative structure that sets it apart - a three-strand storyline, one told by a woman who has already been murdered. -- Marian Keyes * Guardian *
One of the best books of the year * Sun *
The Life I Left Behind is a rare thing; a well-paced, meticulously-researched thriller which is not just gripping but compassionate, too -- Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Absolutely amazing. Grip-Lit of the highest order. Brilliant. -- Marian Keyes
A creepy and clever thriller * Fabulous *
Dark and clever murder tale with a twist * Heat *
McBeth pulls it off with aplomb * Glamour *
This intriguing and twisty thriller kept me reading into the night * Woman & Home *
McBeth's is a much better realisation of the same theme [as The Lovely Bones] and, psychologically, by far the more interesting accomplishment * Independent *
If a more affecting psychological thriller is published this year, it will be a very good book indeed * Irish Times *
Completely brilliant -- Jill Mansell
Fantastic -- Lucy Diamond

Praise for Colette McBeth:

'Colette McBeth delivers twists and shocks with superb timing. An impressive debut'

* The Times *
'An interesting and original page-turner' * Literary Review *
'A cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this' * Sunday Mirror *
'An excellent storyteller... Precious Thing is more than deserving of a place on the modern thriller bookshelf' * Sunday Express *
'A great debut, menacing, gripping and full of twists and surprises... This is one of those incredibly compelling stories that simply drags you along, whether you like it or not. Highly recommended' * Lovereading.co.uk *
'Precious Thing is one of my top five books of 2013. Truthfully, I would go on for hours about what I loved about this psychologically disturbing, thoroughly readable, cleverly written book' * Fabulousmag.co.uk *

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“A Ghostly Perspective”

This is one of those books that the enjoyment depends on what your feelings and beliefs are. Do you believe in the afterlife? Are you open minded enough to accept that there could be an afterlife even if you... More

Paperback edition
9th January 2017
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“Compelling”

I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Bookbridgr and this is my honest opinion of the book.

Melody Pieterson is dead. At least the old Melody is. Nearly 6 years ago she was attacked, left for dead.... More

Paperback edition
13th April 2016
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“Terrific Psychological Thriller”

The Life I left Behind is a cleverly crafted story that's a little bit different. An excellent and intriguing read narrated by three women from different perspectives. There's Eve, whose already dead,... More

Paperback edition
1st September 2015
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