What She Left
What She Left by T.R. Richmond
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Alice Salmon is dead but she lives on in Social Media. Alice was a journalist and her life was words – can her Professor Jeremy Cook piece together what happened to her from the trail her friends and family have left and is it suitable for him to use it to write a book about her?

I must say I didn’t really get on with this book. I found it very hard to read – possibly because the use of social media comments, emails and blog posts as a device made it feel very stilted. I didn’t feel as if I got to know Alice herself very well, and I didn’t really like the characters of her mother, Megan, Jeremy or Luke – they all seemed very one dimensional (because we were only able to see one dimension of them) and they just weren’t that interesting in general.

I do actually think that, although the idea of writing from internet snippets is a clever one, it will just never work for me. I like to get to know my characters and their motivations and I don’t see how that can be done in this format – or it certainly wasn’t here.

I didn’t like this book and I’m afraid I wouldn’t recommend it.

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