When Alice Salmon died last year, the ripples were felt in the news, on the Internet, and in the hearts of those who knew her best.
But the person who knows her most intimately isn't family or a friend. Professor Jeremy Cooke is an academic whose life has become about piecing together Alice's existence in all its flawed and truthful reality.
For Cooke, faithfully recreating Alice's life - through her diaries, emails, and anything using her voice - is all consuming. He does not know how deep his search will take him or the shocking nature of what he will uncover.
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Enthralling, tantalising and intelligent
A genuinely enthralling listen that is intelligently written and told with conviction by its cast. It builds on a fascinating premise to deliver a novel that is a fit for our time. Anyone who is a recent graduate, is an avid user of social media and wants a enticing day job that gives you a true sense of satisfaction will enjoy What She Left. We can all draw parallels with Alice and we all know a Jeremy, or at least a pedant.
A story based on social media posts. I thought this was a great idea, but was a bit confusing at times. Some of the narrators were excellent. It is important to listen to the dates of each part as it jumps around quite a lot. I felt the author added too many unnecessary words to some parts, which is why I have only given 3 stars. I think I was glad I chose it in audio format, the different characters were easier to imagine!
Will read anything within reason.
A story peopled by unlikeable characters including the tired cliché of a university professor who cheats on his wife with a younger woman. Alice comes across as an irritating petulant teenager and I really couldn’t bring myself to care for her. This is supposed to be based on the characters’ emails and Internet musings but I don’t believe they would really write in such a detailed and introspective way. A good idea perhaps, but it just didn't work for me.
I think if I had read this book I may have felt it was slow- but the dramatisation of it was superb and provided me with a gripping story that unfolded beautifully. My first T R Richmond and defiantly not my last!
I downloaded this initially as a friend had written it (I was so excited that I knew a suddenly famous author!). But the more I got into it, the more I was consumed by the story and the way it had been written.
It's unusually written, and I didn't know if I was going to like it at first as it jumped from articles to blogs and letters to Twitter, but it is staggeringly well-constructed and written.
The author also has an uncanny understanding of psychology, especially in young women!
"Muddled and muddling"
I usually like multiple readers, but not in this case. The primary narrator was sludgy and really difficult to listen to. It didn't help that his character was slimy. The others were breaths of fresh air. I couldn't finish because I was confused about who was who, and found myself not caring enough about who done it or what was done, to continue hearing that grating narration.
It's always frustrating when a book isn't satisfying in any way.
Only listened to first hour and 15 minutes approx. and just could NOT get into the book at all. Nothing about it interested me and made me want to continue.
I have no clue ...
Just couldn't get into it so may not have been the narrator … just the story line.
didn't listen to enough to comment
Others in my book club started it and took it back to the library so we decided to drop it and choose another book.
I just don't want to listen to this book.no no no no Thank you. please delete it from my device. please reimburse me I would rather listen to a book that moves me in one way or another.
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