I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on “What She Left” by Rosie Fiore. I would like to express my thanks to Rosie and also Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour.
What would make you walk away from your life, your family and friends, in search of a completel fresh start?
Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.
But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.
Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.
He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.
But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees…
When Helen, the perfect wife, mother, organiser and school event planner supreme disappears, her husband Sam is in understandable turmoil. But his world is torn even further when he is told she is alive, well and has simply walked out on him. I use the simply very loosely here, as you soon discover that there is nothing simple about the way this has been done or why.
Rosie has thought this story through very well, she has given views from different characters. Sam, Lara a friend of Helen’s, Miranda the eldest daughter and then later on Helen herself. It has given the reader thoughts, feelings, views, perspectives, opinions and emotions from various angles, I like this style of writing when it is done well, it gives you a much bigger and more in-depth idea of the characters and the plot. My opinions of the characters changed as the story revealed its secrets, sometimes feeling sorry, then angry and frustrated and by the time I had finished the story, my opinion had changed again.
This is a book I got into very quickly and kept a grip on me right through to the end. By the end of the book I had discovered secrets, past histories and missed opportunities. With a chance for new ventures and new beginnings, and Rosie has pulled together to make a real cracking read.
This is a book that I would recommend to readers who like literary fiction and women’s fiction genres. That like a well written, multi point of view read that looks at family dynamics and lifestyle changes
About the Author:
Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market. She has lived in London for the past fifteen years. Her first novel, This Year’s Black, was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award. After Isabella was her most recent novel. Rosie also writes under the name Cass Hunter.
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