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What She Left
What She Left: A Novel | T.R. Richmond
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In this brilliantly modern novel of love, obsession, and revenge, a professor pieces together the life and mysterious death of a former studentand unearths a shocking revelation about her final days.On a snowy February morning, the body of twenty-five-year-old journalist Alice Salmon washes up on a riverbank south of 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? Ormurder? 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 projecta book documenting Alices life through the digital and paper trails 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 Alicea complicated and vulnerable young womansprings fully formed from the pages of Cookies bookalong with a labyrinth of misunderstandings, lies, and secrets that cast suspicion on everyone in her circleincluding Jeremy himself.
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YasmiNova
What She Left: A Novel | T.R. Richmond
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It's a little hard to get into. The setup is interesting but the snippets of perspectives go back and forth in time, and it's not very easy to follow at first. Still a pick for me because I thought the author did a great job conveying the stifling feeling of loss that follows the death of a loved one, while in contrast showing just how much of us survives through our online profiles.

YasmiNova I should really tag this one for the #Booked2019 #socialmediafocus, although i have little hope of completing the challenge now! @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ah, you never know! 3mo
Cinfhen Agreeing with @BarbaraTheBibliophage and EVERY book counts for a chance to win!!!! 3mo
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Page 2 and I already like her.

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Tii_the_booknerd
Wer war Alice: Roman | T. R. Richmond
Mehso-so

ungewöhnlich aber nett. #booknerd

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AnnieMay
What She Left: A Novel | T.R. Richmond
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Richmond structured this as a kind of modern day epistolary; the reader uncovers the mystery of Alice Salmon's death with everything she's left behind online. An interesting set up but it created an emotional distance I didn't ever overcome. Also the "reveal" didn't feel earned.