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ebook / ISBN-13: 9781472206008

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I know who attacked her. The same man who killed me…

Six years ago Melody was left for dead. When the body of another woman, Eve, is discovered, Melody knows her attacker is still out there. The only way she can survive is to follow the clues of the life that Eve left behind.

A gripping psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the page. With rave reviews from Paula Hawkins and Marian Keyes, this should be your next summer read!

‘The plot is taut and compelling, and the writing is excellent’ MARIAN KEYES

‘A well-paced, meticulously-researched thriller which is not just gripping but compassionate, too’ PAULA HAWKINS, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

What readers are saying about The Life I Left Behind:

‘I was completely blown away. An outstanding read, brilliantly written

‘A fabulously twisty thriller that worked so well. Well written storyline, tension and pace. A definitely 5 star read for me’

‘Kept me turning the pages until the very end with my heart in my throat. A fast-paced thriller with great characters and sharp social observations… a real treat’


'Precious Thing is one of my top five books of 2013. Truthfully, I would go on for hours about what I loved about this psychologically disturbing, thoroughly readable, cleverly written book'
The Life I Left Behind is a rare thing; a well-paced, meticulously-researched thriller which is not just gripping but compassionate, too
Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
'A cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this'
Sunday Mirror
A creepy and clever thriller
'A great debut, menacing, gripping and full of twists and surprises... This is one of those incredibly compelling stories that simply drags you along, whether you like it or not. Highly recommended'
Absolutely amazing. Grip-Lit of the highest order. Brilliant.
Marian Keyes
'An excellent storyteller... Precious Thing is more than deserving of a place on the modern thriller bookshelf'
Sunday Express
'An interesting and original page-turner'
Literary Review
Completely brilliant
Jill Mansell
Dark and clever murder tale with a twist
Lucy Diamond
If a more affecting psychological thriller is published this year, it will be a very good book indeed
Irish Times
Lots of women published great, grippy thrillers this year - Colette McBeth's The Life I Left Behind (Headline Review) is one of the best. The plot is taut and compelling, the writing excellent, but it's the exciting narrative structure that sets it apart - a three-strand storyline, one told by a woman who has already been murdered.
Marian Keyes, Guardian
McBeth pulls it off with aplomb
McBeth's is a much better realisation of the same theme [as The Lovely Bones] and, psychologically, by far the more interesting accomplishment
One of the best books of the year
Praise for Colette McBeth: 'Colette McBeth delivers twists and shocks with superb timing. An impressive debut'
The Times
This intriguing and twisty thriller kept me reading into the night
Woman & Home