THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth

THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From beyond the grave, a brutally murdered woman watches as her killer’s accidental survivor begins to piece together disturbing clues.

McBeth (Precious Thing, 2014) returns with a taut, mesmerizing thriller. Six years ago, Melody Pieterson’s nearly dead body was found in the park, clutching a bird on a gold chain, but she retains no memory of the attack. After having served time for attempted murder, David Alden is finally free—free to begin clearing his name. Eve Elliott, a senior producer at the recently canceled investigative news program APPEAL, meets David at a party. Although she's skeptical at first—after all, the evidence in Melody’s attack pointed his way—Eve quickly finds herself seeing that evidence through David’s eyes. Maybe there wasn’t enough time for him to commit the crime. Maybe he wasn’t just Melody’s next-door-neighbor-with-a-jealous-streak but truly her friend. Maybe someone else had a better motive. Before Eve can help David, she's murdered, and the crime scene looks familiar. Meanwhile, Melody strives to keep the pieces of her life from shattering. She lives on the edge of town with her attentive fiance, Sam, in a light-filled, thoughtfully reconstructed farmhouse that she rarely leaves, vigilantly fabricating the illusion of a normal life. Even her best friend from college, Patrick, hasn’t realized the extent of Melody’s trauma. News of Eve’s murder hits too close to home, however, and Melody can no longer maintain her fragile facade. McBeth ratchets up the tension, notch by exquisite notch, with chapters told from Melody's perspective alternating with chapters narrated by Eve's ghost. Melody must question whether David was truly her attacker, whether those closest to her may have misled the investigation, whether she can trust anyone.

Spellbinding and surprising.

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-250-04121-0
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2014




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