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Left You Dead by Peter James – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Three stars

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RELEASE DATE: 27 April  2021

Publisher: Macmillan Australia

Format: Paperback

Pages: 490




Niall and Eden Paternoster start their Sunday the same way they always do – with a long drive, a visit to a country house and a quick stop at the local supermarket on the way home.

But this Sunday ends differently – because while Niall waits and waits in the car park for Eden to pick up supplies, Eden never returns. She’s not waiting for him at home, and none of their family or friends have heard from her.

Gone without a trace, Niall is arrested on suspicion of her murder. When DS Roy Grace is called in to investigate, it doesn’t take long to realize that nothing is quite as it seems – and this might be his most mysterious case yet . . .





Thankyou to Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.


Eden went into Tesco’s to buy some cat litter and never came out. Her husband, Niall is baffled. Where did she go? Has someone taken her or has she left him for the night, like she did that other time? But they only argued over cat litter, right? 

Detective Roy Grace heads up the team when Niall is arrested. Nothing Niall says is checking out and his whole team are sure he’s hiding something. But there’s still no body. 

Left You Dead was an entertaining crime drama with plenty of twists, albeit not enough really shocking ones. The mystery did have me hooked and invested in trying to figure out what was going on, until a conversation about halfway through, that, to me, gave it away immediately. There was also at least 3 plot points that took up a huge amount of the book for…no reason. They had absolutely nothing to do with the murder mystery and I’m at a loss as to why they were included to be honest. One of the plot points was a major part of the story, but it was a complete side story that didn’t have any real baring on the main story at all. I was sure at some stage there would be a shocking revelation that would tie it in to the mystery, but nope. Other plot points seemed to be mentioned (several times) alluding to some big twist, but again, they went nowhere. For instance, without giving away too much as spoilers, some of the detectives chickens are killed. Twice. They assume maybe it was his son who did it. Do we ever find out for sure? No. Was there any point to it? I couldn’t see one. If it was just to drive home the point that his son was troubled, it was a very odd way of doing it. 

One of the storylines that seemed to be irrelevant might have been because it was a major point in a previous book? I’m not sure. I haven’t read any of the other books and understood this one could be read as a standalone, but maybe some of the side stories tie into the series as a whole?

I really did enjoy the mystery, even if it was a little predictable and, at times, far fetched, I was just left a bit confused at the irrelevant storylines, that meandered off on a tangent for no reason. The book could have been 150 pages shorter without affecting the story at all. 





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