REVIEW: The Life I Left Behind, by Colette McBeth

Around the World in 80 Books


When Eve Elliot is murdered, Melody Pieterson can’t ignore the startling similarities between Eve’s death and her own attack six years previous when she was left for dead, and someone she trusted was convicted of the crime. Melody has been living a pale imitation of the life she used to have, but the new investigation changes everything, forcing her to question not only the supposed betrayal of a friend, but every decision she’s made in the last six years.

The Life I Left Behind is told from several perspectives, mostly Eve’s lingering ghost, who needs to figure out why she’s been left in limbo, and Melody herself, who discovers that Eve was already working to clear David Alden’s name, the friend accused of Melody’s attempted murder. With the help of Eve’s friend Nat and Eve’s file on the investigation, Melody realizes that what she’s accepted as truth might not be and must confront other betrayals she…

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