A mesmerizing new thriller from the author of Until You’re Mine
Two years after a terrifying spate of teenage suicides, the remote village of Radcote has just begun to heal. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorcycle accident and a suicide note is found among his belongings. When a second boy is found dead shortly thereafter, the nightmare of repeat suicides once again threatens the community.
Desperate for a vacation, Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher has just come to Radcote for a stay with her sister, Jo, but the atmosphere of the country house is unusually tense. Freddie, Jo's son, seems troubled and uncommunicative, and Jo
is struggling to reach out to him. Meanwhile, Lorraine becomes determined to discover the truth behind these deaths. Are they suicides, or is there something more sinister at work? Finding answers might help Freddie, but they'll also lead to a shocking truth: whatever it is--or whoever it is--that's killing these young people is far more disturbing than she ever could have imagined, and unraveling the secret is just as dangerous as the secret itself.
Wicked, intense, and utterly compulsive, What You Left Behind confirms Samantha Hayes as a top thriller writer.
My Take On This Book:
The author has done a remarkable job of handling two dark and emotional subjects.......teenage suicide and bullying.
DI Lorraine Fisher takes a week off to visit her sister in the country and gets wrapped up in the local tragedies. Eighteen months previously there was a rash of teen suicides, and now another teen has turned up dead, the evidence pointing again to suicide. Lorraine knows the local cop in charge, Greg Burnley, who is known to be lazy with a tendency to cut corners and knows him to be incompetent, so she starts investigating on her own details that strike her as odd. She finds herself wrapped up in the mysterious elements that don't add up, initiating some investigations on her own.
Hayes pulls readers in and keeps them captivated with plenty of red herrings, truly creepy characters, and a wickedly surprising ending that will stump even the most experienced thriller fan. Delightfully disturbing psychological suspense that fans of John Connolly, Lisa Gardner, and Sophie Hannah won't be able to put down.
I received a free copy of this book for my review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, for my honest unbiased opinion.
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