Friday Funday: What She Left Review

It’s Friday and today I review a unique story about death, love and the hidden truths!


Let’t take a look at What She Left by T.R. Richmond.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2016what

On a snowy February morning, the body of twenty-five-year-old journalist Alice Salmon washes up on a riverbank southof London. The sudden, shocking death of this beloved local girl becomes a media sensation, and those who knew her struggle to understand what happened to lively, smart, and savvy Alice Salmon. Was it suicide? A tragic accident? Or…murder?

Professor Jeremy Cooke, known around campus as Old Cookie, is an anthropologist nearing the end of his unremarkable academic career. Alice is his former student, and the object of his unhealthy obsession. After her death, he embarks on a final project—a book documenting Alice’s life through the digital and paper tr
ails that survive her: her diaries, letters, Facebook posts, Tweets, and text messages. He collects news articles by and about her; he transcribes old voicemails; he interviews her friends, family, and boyfriends.

Bit by bit, the real Alice—a complicated and vulnerable young woman—springs fully formed from the pages of Cookie’s book…along with a labyrinth of misunderstandings, lies, and secrets that cast suspicion on everyone in her circle—including Jeremy himself.


Tawney’s Review:   I love a good mystery but this book takes it to a whole new level! This is such a unique book that puts the reader right in that mystery. You gather your own facts while reading.


The books is compiled with texts, emails, journal entries, tweets, interview with all information regarding the dead victim Alice. Alice was a young journalist, who everyone seemed to like, but soon turned up dead. Police are saying suicide but one Professor thinks otherwise. Was it murder? As Professor Cook gathers information you become part of the investigation. You become your own Sherlock trying to decipher each detail on what could have happened to Alice.


I didn’t know what to expect. The style and format was so unique I just got swept away in my own investigation. In an age where we use so much social media this book hits close to home. Anything you say and do is open for public view. I found it so interesting because we post everything on the internet that indeed stays forever for all to see, and this happened to Alice. Professor Cook investigates all social media types to find her killer and we get to investigate with him.


This was great story to allow the reader to become the investigator. Though Professor Cook is the main protagonist, through the material provided, we become somewhat like a partner with him. The Professor was very close to Alice, maybe a little too close, and he knows she didn’t kill himself. Throughout the book you gather  something happened between him and Alice, something that caused a rift in his relationship with her mom. And through the pieces of material gathered, you get a clear picture of who Alice was.

The pace was quick and the writing descriptive. I couldn’t turn the page fast enough. Richmond did a wonderful job and providing the facts in simple means through texts, tweets, ect. The book wasn’t really a thriller but an emotional content of the effects of death and how to move on from it. I didn’t solve the outcome until close to the end. And when you do it’s a ah ha moment.


Should you read it? YES! A fresh unique take on murder with a twisting plot full of mystery and emotions. The reader becomes the investigator and takes part in the story. If you love Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train you will love this book.


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Love Tawney


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