A. Benedetti

Book Review: The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Rating:   ☆☆☆☆

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Colette McBeth’s writing pulls you in from the very beginning and doesn’t let you go until the last page. Expertly woven, the story is told from the point of view of the two victims. One survived. The other is dead.

Melody Pieterson’s life can hardly be called living. Every since the attack, she’s unable to trust her own instincts and is forced to seclude herself in a large house behind a massive fence. Since the man convicted of the crime has served his sentence and been released, her fear only escalates.

Eve Elliot’s death comes on the heels of a huge discovery. She’s uncovered evidence that the man convicted of Melody’s attack is innocent. Only, Eve never got a chance to bring her evidence to light and he arrested for her murder.

The murder spurs something Melody, breaking her out of her cloistered life and forcing her to face the jumble of memories she’s hidden from for so long. Eve speaks from the grave in the form of the data she collected prior to her death that ends up in Melody’s hands. Together, they will uncover the truth.


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