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The Life I Left Behind Audiobook

The Life I Left Behind

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Publisher's Summary

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

Six years ago Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. She coped by locking away her memories, burying herself. The man responsible was caught and convicted. Even his release from jail won't derail her new life. She's a survivor after all.

Then the body of another woman is discovered in identical circumstances. Like Melody, she has blond hair and green eyes. Like Melody she is found holding a gold bird cage chain. Her name is Eve Elliot.

The women were strangers, so Melody thinks. But Eve knew all about Melody's life. She'd been talking to her friends, she knew their secrets. She knew the man who attacked them had never been caught. Eve has left behind her story, the clues that will force Melody to confront her own lies and the lies she's been told. The clues that will put her life in danger all over again.

©2015 Colette McBeth (P)2015 Headline Digital

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    sharon 08/02/2015
    sharon 08/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read"

    I greatly enjoyed the book and thought the reader was excellent I would like to have other books by this author

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Liverpool, United Kingdom 30/05/2015
    Karen Liverpool, United Kingdom 30/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    loved it gripping from the beginning interesting until the end!
    narrated brilliantly. the voices were believable and consistent.
    Very impressed at how clever the story was written and the use of words describing things in such detail you could imagine yourself there!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    maureen mcintosh 05/02/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Different"

    Slow start. Bit too much self analysis central character but enjoyed it. Became engrossed in it. Unusual. After all the early preamble, felt it ended abruptly with little follow through.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    DesignerL East Anglia 21/05/2015
    DesignerL East Anglia 21/05/2015 Member Since 2016

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    "Not enough of a twist but good overall."

    Didn't really get going and the end was a bit lacklustre. Not punchy or exciting enough for me. Only ever two suspects from the start so the end was a 50/59 and not a surprise. Still looking for a book that makes me jump around shouting as it unfurls. Sadly this isn't it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline W. 30/04/2015
    Caroline W. 30/04/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't stop listening!!"

    Gripping, compelling and brilliant!
    I enjoyed this book so much. So many different twists and the ending, the biggest twist!
    Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bex Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom 29/03/2015
    Bex Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom 29/03/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"

    Really great story. The author manages to use a postmortem voice which is effective rather than the schmaltz of The Lovely Bones. Unusual mood to the story too.

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    Bluelesley 01/09/2016
    Bluelesley 01/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    Great book and good narrater. I
    Enjoyed listening to this and consider the fact that if i missed any part i had to go back to listen to the part i had missed, don't always do this!

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    Kirstie 20/07/2015
    Kirstie 20/07/2015 Member Since 2015

    Trying audible for the first time to try and get my book fix in a world where I seem unable to find the time to sit & read, so far so good!

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    What did you like most about The Life I Left Behind?

    I think I enjoyed this book more for listening to it through audible - the voices that the narrators allotted to each character were exactly how I would have expected. The concept is a great story, especially the telling of her own story and death by Eve.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eve was definitely my favourite character as I loved her fiesty nature. Her determination to get to the truth made the character in my mind more steely and focussed and I really didn't want her to succumb to the killer.


    Have you listened to any of Imogen Church’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 06/04/2015
    Samantha 06/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A really nice read, expected a longer ending!"

    East to listen too, the narrator does a relatively good job but not the best female to do make voices The build up was good but the ending very short and left me a little disappointed, maybe due to a second book??

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    Roisin 21/03/2015
    Roisin 21/03/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Not predictable but slow to get started"

    Could of being my ability to pay attention but the setting scene took a while before I really for drawn in. I did get drawn on and the second half was a real thriller.

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    "Great story"

    Really good story- but you have to keep up with the story for the first half or you will be lost! Loved the narrator! Wish the ending told us a bit more-

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • joan
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    "Not sure I was going to like it...."

    When I started this one, I was getting a bit confused with the back and forth, but after the first hour or so, it was coming together. So glad I kept with it, cause it's a great story that keeps u thinking all the way thru. Performance is excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline D. Hayes
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    08/02/15
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    "I am not ready to give up on the author."

    I am not a fan of books that jump back and forth between characters' points of view, or between time periods. This style of narrating is a true art form. It has its own set of meticulous rules, and if you don't follow them precisely, you may easily end up confusing or simply losing the reader. Very few authors whose books I've read have pulled it of beautifully. We must bear in mind that going back and forth between characters in first person account is not the same than doing it in third person. The previous is much, much harder if you do not want to lose the reader. I think this book could have been a great one if the author had done a little better in this respect. I, personally, lost track of the storyline in the process of understanding all of the characters. I don't think, however, that I'm ready to give up on the author.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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