Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day Why She Left by Leah Mercer, published by Bookouture.
When I open the door and see her, my mind starts churning. Why are they here? What do they want? And why did my daughter leave in the first place? Am I finally, after all of these years, going to find out? I take a deep breath and usher them in…
Ruth has spent every day of the last fifteen years wondering why her daughter Isobel left. Walking around the school to which she has given her life, every child she sees reminds her of her family’s bright future which vanished in an instant.
So when Ruth opens the door to find Isobel and a teenage grandson she never knew existed, she feels a rush of relief. Despite the years of hurt she never stopped loving Isobel and wants to help rebuild her life. Enrolling her grandson at the school, Ruth wants to make sure they stay for good.
Isobel has spent her life running from a painful secret. A secret which could have destroyed her family. Now, as she flees a bad relationship, she knows that her childhood home is the only place where she can be safe.
But as Isobel looks at her son in his crisp new uniform, she is taken straight back to the reason she ran all those years ago. Soon it becomes clear that she is not the only one tormented by the past. Someone is prepared to destroy everything Ruth and Isobel hold dear. Can Isobel confront her darkest secret before it is too late?
From the bestselling author of Who We Were Before comes a powerful and emotional page-turner about devastating family secrets. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Emily Bleeker and Imogen Clark.
A family drama with secrets to hide. Sign me up please!
Isobel doesn’t share her mother Ruth’s love for the school, which Ruth runs carrying on the family legacy. The same school which Isobel fled when she left her home and her family 15 years prior. Now she is forced to confront her past as she flees again, this time from an abusive relationship. With Isobel’s son now at the same school, Ruth wants nothing more than to see her beloved school succeed, but also she hopes to understand why her daughter left so suddenly, cutting the family off. Will the long hidden secrets stay buried or will Ruth learn a hard lesson in the truth.
Why She Left is a compelling page turner that had me hooked right away. Each chapter left me wanting more and I was desperate to know the secrets buried deep within the walls of a prestigious upperclass school, that is a character within itself. Duel narrated, the reader gets great insight into Isobel and Ruth’s points of view, building up the suspense along the way in the lead up to its outcome..A beautifully written piece of work, Why She Left is a must read.
Thank you to Leah Mercer, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Why She Left, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
Why She Left Books on Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Leah Mercer
Leah Mercer was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Her first ambition was to be a journalist, but after completing a master’s in journalism, she soon realised she preferred anything other than reporting the news.
After trying her hand at public relations, teaching and recruitment in various countries around the world, she finally settled in London and returned to writing… fiction, this time.
Her first two novels, Who We Were Before and The Man I Thought You Were, were shortlisted at the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards. Leah loves books, running and visiting historic houses with her husband and their son.