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The Life I Left Behind

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars (140 ratings)

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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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Great Read

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

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 30-05-15

gripping

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!

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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.

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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.

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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??

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Gripping

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

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  • Bex
  • Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom
  • 29-03-15

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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This book should come with a me tap health warning

This book started with an unexplained death of a child's mother, then somebody found the body of a young girl and then it continues on about someone who struggles daily with living! I would have preferred a mental health warning before starting. I gave up at chapter five after not finding any hook at all to push me on, so sent it back!

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Kept me listening

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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  • Krity
  • 13-10-16

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-

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  • joan
  • 11-11-15

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.

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  • Davida
  • 24-10-18

Book review

I do not like this book. Very confusing and not making much sense I would like to return it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen P. Lizzano
  • 15-02-18

Who Did It

I thought I would like this book but there were too many characters and too much moving around from scene to scene. Nothing flowed. Sorry. It had a good premise.

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  • ImaFan
  • 03-10-17

Excellent narration, character voices, plot

I love Immogen Church, she is a masterful narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, excellent writing characterization, plot, twists and double twists.

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  • summer
  • 07-12-16

Terrible!!!!!

The most long-winded let down. I spent half the time fast forwarding and didn't miss a thing. Don't buy! I felt annoyed the entire time. I should have just returned it.

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  • Sasssysweeet
  • 08-02-19

Very Enjoyable

AUDIO VERSION: Narrated by Imogen Church

I listened to five hours of this book yesterday and the final four hours today. Imogen Church has the most amazing ability to pull you into a book you might find boring if you were reading it yourself. Only once has she not been able to do it, but that was Ruth Ware's fault. Death of Mrs. Westaway was so boring and bloody awful that even poor Imogen couldn't make it work. In fact, Ware only has one excellent book, which led to the discovery of Imogen, called In a Dark Dark Wood. I recommend only the audio; I made three failed attempts to read it on my own.

This book has a steady but gentle pace. It doesn't have you hurtling towards the end because you can't wait to know. Instead, it glides, giving you time to mull over the information and letting you absorb all the very tiny bits of detail. If you were rushing through you'd likely miss them and you'd have no chance of solving the puzzle. Like a jigsaw it's the tiny bits of the whole picture that tell you where it fits.

For about 80% of this book I thought I knew where it was going but I was never ready to lock it in as my final answer. The minute pieces kept niggling at me. I had noticed them but my brain was still processing. There was a second solution that I toyed with while listening. I could see it and yet I couldn't make the pieces fit but after I got a few more it all snapped into place.

I feel as though I solved this one right along with the characters. The reveal wasn't shocking because I was the DI who completed the picture and sent coppers to arrest the guilty. I felt pride. LOL

I love a good pulse racing thriller but there is an undeniable fun that comes with a slowly paced mystery in which you can play the role of detective and work it out yourself. I definitely recommend to anyone with a knack for sleuthing.

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  • Caroline D. Hayes
  • 08-02-15

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.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful