What She Left

Written by Rosie Fiore


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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…




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I’m not sure quite what I expected from this one when I requested it, but it hit all the right spots.  This is a carefully planned and well written story which draws you in so that you cannot wait to find out what happens next!

Helen leaving the family home – suddenly and with no warning – impacts upon Sam and his children with shocking consequences. Finding yourself a single parent is a shock to the system, and possibly that bit harder for men as they haven’t been as involved with the domestic side of life (although they should be!). Slowly but surely we learn what has happened from different character viewpoints and there are more than a few surprises in store. Whatever you may think has happened, and wherever you think this story is heading, you’ll probably be wrong!

This is the first of Rosie Fiore’s novels I have managed to read but I am so taken with it that it most definitely won’t be the last. I have been completely absorbed in this one, and would highly recommend What She Left to all those who enjoy a great contemporary read. This is not a book you will forget in a hurry.

My grateful thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me access a copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: contemporary, family, career
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1831 KB
  • Print Length: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Publication Date: 17 August 2017


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About the Author

61jDI24WUYL._UX250_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.

Her first two novels, This Year’s Black and Lame Angel were published by Struik in South Africa. This Year’s Black was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award and has subsequently been re-released as an e-book. Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women and Holly at Christmas were published by Quercus.

Rosie lives in London with her husband and two sons.




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