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This is a very different “missing person” book- one that makes you stop and think about life. Not in the realm of murder or kidnap- a totally different scenario. I won’t give anything away but towards the end there are some very true, reflective words in a stunning piece of writing which made me stop and think about my own life and journey. A very well written account mainly of characters. We feel for Sam and then realise that at times he is his own worst enemy- at times you may want to shout at him in frustration for his actions, mostly to himself. For Lara who does her best to help but ends up being somewhat of a doormat. For the children having lost a second mother figure. You wonder why she could leave a blissful life- from the outside and then find out that little bit more. The ending I was wondering about before I got there- what would happen? Would there be a happy one? No spoilers- just to say - perfect.
I have really enjoyed my journey in this great read. To some readers it may seem slow to start, or they may get fed up of waiting to hear what happened to Helen.
Sam is married to his second wife Helen. He has two girls from his previous marriage. Unfortunately his first wife died.
Five years Sam and Helen have been together. She cooks, cleans, sorts etc to perfection.
Sam works full time.
To all and purposes this family unit seems to be settled and comfortable.
One day Helen ups and leaves.
She’s not murdered or kidnapped.
She walks out on her husband and daughters who she adores.
Sam reports her missing.
Helen is found alive and well but wants no contact.
I found Sam annoying at times and self centred when he should have helped his daughters cope.
The chapters alternate between Sam, Helen, his older daughter and Laura.
When I got the insight to how his daughter was feeling I wanted to shake Sam, he should have made more time to talk with them and listen.
Tim, Sams brother seemed to be his rock. It didn’t appear that way at times, but he was.
A father trying to hold down a job, see to his daughters, take them to school and clean house was way too much for Sam. He often found his head in a bottle.
When we got to over halfway through this book we learn more about Helen in a surprising way which puts an entirely new slant on Helen.
At the end of this read yes, I had a lump in my throat.
I was torn.
Unhappy for Sam and his girls but he was moving towards the light.
Helen, I was sad, but part of me was happy too.
The epilogue blew my mind.
What a fantastic book.
Thank you Atlantic books for surprising me in the post with this one.
WHAT SHE LEFT by Rosie Fiore is a gripping and completely consuming story that raises the question, can you ever truly know somebody? Brimming with drama, this story really focuses on the characters with each character telling the story as they see it, and I really enjoyed getting to know Helen, Sam, Lara, and the children, inside and out.
I presumed from the description that this may be some sort of twisted story with some sort of crime angle, but nothing prepared me for this wonderfully in-depth, character-driven plot of life, lies, and finding the strength to do what needs to be done to survive. My opinion of characters constantly changed as the story developed and my heart broke for the children that had already lost so much in their short lives. I had originally planned to read just a few pages before bed but immediately I was ensnared with what was happening and I devoured it in one go.
WHAT SHE LEFT by Rosie Fiore is a brilliant story that will really get under your skin and make you realise that looks can be deceptive, and I think it would portray perfectly on our tv screens. An excellent story with excellent characters and perfectly paced, WHAT SHE LEFT by Rosie Fiore is a winner for me.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the blog tour organiser