What She Left
I really wanted to love this book. Yet, I found myself more struggling with it then I would have liked. I could not connect with the characters as much as I tried and tried. Thus in turn it was hard to become invested in the story. Although, I will tell you that I did try to stick with this book for the main reason that I wanted to know what happened to Helen?
Here is where my issues laid with this book for myself personally. The characters' voices were muddled. I didn't really notice when a new person or a change over from one character to the next happened. Plus, the story really seemed to move and pick up speed very slowly. If the intensity of the story had picked up faster and sooner, I actually could have excused some of the lack of emotional connection I missed with the characters. While, these problems affected me, this should not deter you from checking this book out as many other readers seemed to really enjoy this book.
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 lives in London with her husband and two sons.