Thursday, November 17, 2016
What She Left Behind
This book is marketed as YA, but I honestly think adult readers would enjoy this thriller as well. It is one of those books that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a dark, deep atmosphere to this book that doesn't waver through the story and draws you in. I found myself almost biting my nails waiting to see what would happen next. Sara is a strong female lead. I like the fear in Sara that radiates off the page especially at the thought that she has no help from the cops as her father is still friends with many of them. Bilen does a great job at making her readers feel the emotion with her characters.
While I loved this book, there were a few short comings such as the feeling of disconnection to some of the other characters. We don't get a chance to feel connected to her mother before she disappears, and then Alex just pops onto the scene which is almost jarring. I understand he provides the romantic interest for Sara, but in a story like this a romantic interest is not necessary and almost at times takes away from the story. There are things that make the story memorable, but other elements that make it forgettable. I feel like the story was very well written and well told to the readers. Bilen does paint a terrifying picture with her words, it's just some elements were un-needed, others almost unrealistic.
If you enjoy mysteries, dark thrillers, suspense then this is a book you should look into adding to your collection. What She Left Behind is Bilen's first novel, and I think it was a great beginning and look forward to seeing what she has in store for readers. Overall I give this book a 3.5 out of 5.