What She Left
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What She Left by Rosie Fiore
Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.
But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.
Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.
He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.
But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees…
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My Review of What She Left
I’m always fascinated by people, who outwardly, are perceived as the ‘perfect’ family. Helen, Sam, and children Miranda and Marguerite were just that, until one day their world turns upside down when Helen mysteriously vanishes.
The children have already known heartache, and it was impossible to think that someone could inflict such pain on them again.
It is usually the man of the family who suddenly disappears, so it was interesting to see the impact that it had on a husband and his children when his wife leaves. How does he cope with a full-time job, home to organise, children to take care of, as well as coping with the fact that they have all been abandoned?
I didn’t want this book to end, I invested emotionally in Sam, but more so, the two little girls who had done nothing wrong but had to adjust yet again, when their lives changed overnight. I loved imagining the process of how you would articulate the perfect disappearance, literally vanishing without a trace, and how damaged or cruel you would have to be, to put these plans into action.
An enthralling read, (it would make a great TV drama) strong characters, and a plot that just flows seamlessly. I can’t think of anything negative to say, I just loved it!
Thank you, Rachel @rararesources for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market.
Her first two novels, This Year’s Black and Lame Angel were published by Struik in South Africa. This Year’s Black was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award and has subsequently been re-released as an e-book. Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women and Holly at Christmas were published by Quercus. She is the author of After Isabella, also published by Allen & Unwin.
Rosie’s next book, The After Wife (written as Cass Hunter), will be published by Trapeze in 2018, and in translation is seven countries around the world.
Rosie lives in London with her husband and two sons.