What You Left Behind

what you left behind


Two years after a terrifying spate of teenage suicides, the remote village of Radcote has just begun to heal. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorcycle accident and a suicide note is found among his belongings. When a second boy is found dead shortly thereafter, the nightmare of repeat suicides once again threatens the community.

      Desperate for a vacation, Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher has just come to Radcote for a stay with her sister, Jo, but the atmosphere of the country house is unusually tense. Freddie, Jo’s son, seems troubled and uncommunicative, and Jo is struggling to reach out to him. Meanwhile, Lorraine becomes determined to discover the truth behind these deaths. Are they suicides, or is there something more sinister at work? Finding answers might help Freddie, but they’ll also lead to a shocking truth: whatever it is–or whoever it is–that’s killing these young people is far more disturbing than she ever could have imagined, and unraveling the secret is just as dangerous as the secret itself.

Recently a friend brought to my attention that reviewing Christian books is good but what about Non-Christian books? She was concerned about her older son who loves to read but doesn’t read a lot of Christian Fiction because he feels its geared mostly toward girls. So while I intend to stick with as many Christian books as possible I will be sneaking in a few Non-Christian as well.

So we will start off with Samantha Hayes newest book What You Left Behind. It is marketed as a suspense/ thriller book. It was meant to scare me and leave me guessing. A who done it if you will. I fear I didn’t have a difficult time figuring out who was having an affair with who or who was the other person on the bike when Dean was killed. My only question through the book was why?

What You Left Behind was a difficult book to get through. There were many perspectives and subplots that were difficult to keep up with, and the writing I fear was a bit clunky. Unfortunately this book was all over the place, but again wasn’t difficult to figure out.

My biggest issue in the book was the language.  I lost count of have many times the word F&@$ was used and well as S*#%. I am not unfamiliar with these words in fact I hear them quite often I just didn’t always see the need for them in the book.

The only redeeming quality of the book that despite the craziness of almost losing her nephew Lorraine kept a cool head. She was supportive to her sister when Jo was overwhelmed with worry about Freddie. On that note, for a book that was suppose to be dealing with a bunch a teen suicides and bullying it sure was quick to just brush it under the table in the end.

Overall though I may not even recommend this book. It just wasn’t good.


  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804136920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804136921

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

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