What She Left: A Novel

By T.R. Richmond

During this brilliantly sleek novel of affection, obsession, and revenge, a professor items jointly the lifestyles and mysterious dying of a former student—and finds a stunning revelation approximately her ultimate days. “A deliciously glossy tackle the mental mystery” (Daily Telegraph).

On a snowy February morning, the physique of twenty-five-year-old journalist Alice Salmon washes up on a riverbank south of London. The surprising, surprising loss of life of this cherished neighborhood woman turns into a media sensation, and people who knew her fight to appreciate what occurred to full of life, shrewdpermanent, and savvy Alice Salmon. was once it suicide? a sad twist of fate? Or…murder?

Professor Jeremy Cooke, recognized round campus as outdated Cookie, is an anthropologist nearing the top of his unremarkable educational occupation. Alice is his former pupil, and the thing of his dangerous obsession. After her dying, he embarks on a last project—a e-book documenting Alice’s existence throughout the electronic and paper trails that live to tell the tale her: her diaries, letters, fb posts, Tweets, and textual content messages. He collects information articles through and approximately her; he transcribes outdated voicemails; he interviews her associates, relatives, and boyfriends.

Bit via bit, the genuine Alice—a advanced and susceptible younger woman—springs totally shaped from the pages of Cookie’s book…along with a labyrinth of misunderstandings, lies, and secrets and techniques that forged suspicion on every person in her circle—including Jeremy himself.

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The telephone by no means rang. possibly I’ve acquired away with it, i assumed, hearing my wife’s light, catchy respiring. How used to be I alleged to be aware of what Liz used to be going to do 9 days later, Larry? may still i've got foreseen that? Stopped that? We weren’t each one other’s challenge anymore. while the scoop of it reached me, it got here as every piece as a lot of a surprise as whilst I heard Alice had died. A tentative knock on my examine door, a colleague, one of many few who was once conscious of what used to be occurring among myself and her, an expression halfway among sympathy and contempt. “Jeremy, have you ever heard? ” Yours as ever, Jeremy Postcard despatched via Alice Salmon, August 17, 2009 expensive M & D, climate baking, inn sufficient, meals dreadful. plenty of pool time and plenty of cocktails. now not a lot sleep. Island attractive (have insisted we do one “cultural” factor on a daily basis! ). glance extra like a lobster than a salmon! plenty of Germans, yet you’ll be happy to listen to I haven’t pointed out the struggle as soon as but, Dad. used to be it Fuerteventura we got here to whilst i used to be a child? the women say hello. Love you masses. Ax playstation : Who says nobody sends postcards nowadays? e mail despatched via Elizabeth Salmon, July 22, 2012 From: Elizabeth_salmon101@hotmail. com To: jfhcooke@gmail. com topic: inform me Jem, hooked up is a test of a observe I bought this morning in addition to a few photocopies of your handwriting and an guide to “compare the 2. ” i want you to reassure me this observe wasn’t written by way of you simply because they're remarkably related. She was once eighteen, a brisker, her first time clear of home—a be aware like this could have terrified any woman that age. The spidery writing might have completely freaked her out. If it wasn’t for me, Dave may have buried you. Can’t think I allow you to inveigle your long ago into my affections—my God, I despatched you pictures of Alice as a toddler! inform me I haven’t been duped, Jem. inform me it wasn’t you who wrote this be aware. Whoever despatched it to me stated they'd faced you with it, reckoned you have been “sweating like a pedophile in a Santa go well with. ” I extra approximately drank this day than at any aspect considering I give up. obtained a bottle of gin in Tesco and sat within the vehicle park with it on my lap. All I’d sought after was once to fall asleep and to get up while this was once everywhere. 9 days once you and that i break up up, I drank a complete bottle of the stuff. It’s now not with out cause they name it “mother’s break. ” It by no means is going away, that yearning, it’s like a lifeless strain at the again of your mind. You guaranteed me the police may finally get a hold of solutions approximately what occurred to my child, Jem, that’s what you acknowledged, yet they haven’t . . . All they’ve performed is fob me off and run into useless ends, and a few of the avenues they’ve explored, frankly I despair . . . You as soon as spoke of the path all of us depart, the hint. For either our sakes, i'm hoping this observe isn’t yours. God, who am I to get all sanctimonious? Elizabeth Opinion piece by way of Ali Manning at the day-by-day Digest web site, March sixteen, 2012 My mobile rang overdue final evening and whilst the caller brought herself as Holly Dickens it took me a moment to twig.

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