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What She Left

I am so honored to take part in this awesome blog tour! If you liked Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you will love this book. If you’re a fan of domestic drama, you will love this book. I was enthralled.

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Book Summary

Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.

But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.

Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.

He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.

But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees…

My Review

I reviewed this book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a fascinating read. Part thriller, part mystery, but mostly about relationships and the secrets we keep. One day, Helen disappears. A campaign is launched to find her. Astonishingly, her husband, Sam, is told by the police a few days later that she turned herself in, safe and well, and has no desire to see him. She vanished on purpose. Sam is haunted by the question of “why” and falls into a pit of drinking and depression.Eventually, we discover why Helen did what she did. The story mainly switches between the perspectives of Sam, his new friend Lara, and eventually, Helen.

I liked the characters in this story. All deeply flawed, but relatable. I was eager to find out why and how Helen had vanished. There are some surprises at the end (although a careful reader could see them coming). This book definitely kept my interest and I stayed up until 3 AM to finish it. I was intrigued by the plot and the ending did not disappoint. I would recommend this to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Purchase Links

Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-She-Left-Rosie-Fiore/dp/1760292494/ref=tmm_pap_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-She-Left-Rosie-Fiore-ebook/dp/B07253XZR4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Author Bio

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Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market.

Her first two novels, This Year’s Black and Lame Angel were published by Struik in South Africa. This Year’s Black was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award and has subsequently been re-released as an e-book. Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women and Holly at Christmas were published by Quercus. She is the author of After Isabella, also published by Allen & Unwin.

Rosie’s next book, The After Wife (written as Cass Hunter), will be published by Trapeze in 2018, and in translation is seven countries around the world.

Rosie lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rosiefiorewriter/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rosiefiore

 *Content and pictures provided to me as part of the book tour*

 

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The Girl on the Train Review

The Girl on the Train Review

Author: Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train keeps getting compared to Gone Girl and I’m not sure why. In this book, a wife disappears and her husband is blamed, but that’s the only similarity. Well, there’s also a “twist,” but don’t a lot of books have that?

I listened to Girl on the Train with my husband on audiobook. The interesting thing about it is that the characters aren’t really likeable. I liked Anna and I’m not sure I was supposed to. She had an affair with the main character’s husband. Somehow I could forgive her that. I think I liked her because she was just honest about things and she wasn’t a pushover. The main character, Rachel, is pretty pathetic. It was an interesting choice, definitely different. She is still hung up about the break up of her marriage, she is friendless, and she was recently fired, but is lying about it to her one friend and landlord. When she becomes slightly involved in the case, she becomes obsessed because there is nothing else going on in her world. She lies and lies to stay part of the action and pretends she knows more than she does.

This story was really slow-moving. Things were revealed very slowly and I’m not sure if I would have continued reading it were it not in audio format. Or maybe it would’ve been easier to read because I read faster than I listen! I liked the twist, but I guessed it beforehand, so it wasn’t surprising to me at all. It didn’t get too exciting until the end, but when it finally did, I enjoyed it.

I enjoyed Gone Girl a lot more than this if you’re trying to choose between the stories. This book is slow at times, but if you can hold on, I do think the ending is worth it. 4 out of 5 stars.

 

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