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Author: T. R. Richmond Narrator: Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Imogen Stubbs, Charles Dance, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Howard Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781442391208
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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 student—and 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? Or … murder?

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 project—a book documenting Alice’s 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 Alice—a complicated and vulnerable young woman—springs fully formed from the pages of Cookie’s book … along with a labyrinth of misunderstandings, lies, and secrets that cast suspicion on everyone in her circle—including Jeremy himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written and incredibly suspenseful.”

    Emilia Clarke

  • An extraordinary and bold creation. The Guardian (UK) “Best Recent Crime Novels”
  • In What She Left, T.R. Richmond leads the reader down a dark and twisty path of suspense and intrigue. This gripping and stylishly written novel left me chilled to the bone and captivated me from beginning to end. Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence
  • This is how books should be written: full of trust and respect for the reader, allowing you to follow the darker paths and investigate yourself. A book of immense accomplishment, thrilling and clever. Elizabeth Haynes, New York Times bestselling author of Human Remains
  • Strikingly modern. The Sunday Times (UK)
  • What She Left is bold and inventive storytelling. The reader becomes the investigator, sorting through diary entries, letters, tweets, and emails to discover the truth beneath the tales of an entire cast of potentially unreliable narrators. This is not only a clever thriller, but an insightful exploration of identity and the personae we create in the social-media era. Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Ex
  • A deliciously modern take on the psychological thriller. A shifting, mesmerising, mysterious story. Very well-written and intelligently realised, occupying a territory half way between literary novel and thriller. Amemorable debut. Daily Telegraph (UK)
  • Beautifully written and incredibly suspenseful. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones)
  • A classic whodunnit, given a modern twist. Huffington Post
  • Thought-provoking. Fort Worth Star Telegram
  • Every month brings another book billed the new Gone Girl, but we think we've found a winner. Marie Claire
  • What a wonderful new voice. What a pleasure to read a thriller that's so ambitious and so full of emotion and suspense. Bravo! Nicci French, author of The Memory Game and Blue Monday
  • Highly original, fascinating and completely compelling. I was hooked on Alice's story from the very first page. A novel guaranteed to make you look back and question your social media footprint, and how accurately it tells your own story. Dani Atkins, author of Fractured and The Story of Us
  • T.R. Richmond has created a tight, clever, compelling story. The reader must act as detective, rebuilding Alice Salmon from the digital footprint she leaves behind. Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You
  • Absorbing, intricate and extremely original. Immensely clever and intriguing. It kept making me recall how I'd felt watching Twin Peaks. The kind of immediate shock and grief I felt for Laura Palmer was what I felt for Alice. The process of piecing together the heroine's life is so absorbing. I mourned her more and more powerfully as the story went on. The multiple voices and different types of texts give the narrative an unusual liveliness that is very emotionally involving. I hope that it garners all of the commercial and critical success it deserves. Claire Kendal, author of The Book of You
  • “An extraordinary and bold creation.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Strikingly modern.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Every month brings another book billed the new Gone Girl, but we think we’ve found a winner.”

    Marie Claire (UK)

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About the Author

T.R. Richmond is an award-winning author and journalist living in London.

About the Narrators

Sophie Aldred is an English actress and television presenter best known for her role as Ace in the popular BBC television series Doctor Who during the late 1980s.

Daniel Weyman is an actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has appeared on stage in Sam West’s Sheffield Crucible production of As You Like It and the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of David Edgar’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. His portrayal of the title character earned him a nomination for Best Performance in a Play at the 2006 TMA Awards. His television appearances include Colditz and the BAFTA-winning BBC drama Dunkirk. In 2010 he played Tom Jackson in his first lead movie role in the film Just Inès.

Imogen Stubbs made her name on stage with the Royal Shakespearean Company, notably as Desdemona in Othello, but she is probably best known to British audiences as Anna Lee, the private detective heroine on the 1990s TV series by the same name. She later played Sarah Spiller in the whimsical BBC kids series Big Kids. On film she had key roles in Sense and Sensibility and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. She and her former husband, director Sir Trevor Nunn, have two children together.

Charles Dance, OBE, is an English actor, director, and screenwriter. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s and went on to appear in many BBC television shows after his breakthrough role in The Jewel in the Crown. He most recently starred in the HBO Game of Thrones series.