What She Left by T.R. Richmond
(Michael Joseph (Penguin), 2015)

What She Left

by T.R. Richmond

Who is Alice Salmon?

Student. Journalist. Daughter.

Lover of late nights, hater of deadlines.

That girl who drowned last year.

Gone doesn’t mean forgotten.

Everyone’s life leaves a trace behind.

But it’s never the whole story.

I will stand up and ask myself who I am. I do that a lot. I’ll look in the mirror. Reassure myself, scare myself, like myself, hate myself. My name is Alice Salmon.”

When Alice Salmon died last year, the ripples from her tragic drowning could be felt in the news, on the internet, and in the hearts of those closest to her.

However, the man who knows her best isn’t family or a friend. His name is Professor Jeremy Cooke, an academic fixated on piecing together Alice’s existence.

Cooke knows that faithfully recreating Alice, through her diaries, text messages, and online presence, has become all-consuming.

But he does not know how deep his search will take him into this shocking story of love, loss and obsession where everyone - including himself - has something to hide . . .

Click here to meet Alice.


What She Left is an extraordinary and bold creation ”
- Laura Wilson, Guardian
Strikingly modern ”
- Sunday Times
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 ... a memorable debut ”
- Daily Telegraph
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
Absorbing, intricate and extremely original novel. It is also 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. What She Left is beautifully written. 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
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
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