Monday, December 13, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Why She Left


When I open the door and see her, my mind starts churning. Why are they here? What do they want? And why did my daughter leave in the first place? Am I finally, after all of these years, going to find out? I take a deep breath and usher them in…

Ruth has spent every day of the last fifteen years wondering why her daughter Isobel left. Walking around the school to which she has given her life, every child she sees reminds her of her family’s bright future which vanished in an instant.

So when Ruth opens the door to find Isobel and a teenage grandson she never knew existed, she feels a rush of relief. Despite the years of hurt she never stopped loving Isobel and wants to help rebuild her life. Enrolling her grandson at the school, Ruth wants to make sure they stay for good.

Isobel has spent her life running from a painful secret. A secret which could have destroyed her family. Now, as she flees a bad relationship, she knows that her childhood home is the only place where she can be safe.

But as Isobel looks at her son in his crisp new uniform, she is taken straight back to the reason she ran all those years ago. Soon it becomes clear that she is not the only one tormented by the past. Someone is prepared to destroy everything Ruth and Isobel hold dear. Can Isobel confront her darkest secret before it is too late?

From the bestselling author of Who We Were Before comes a powerful and emotional page-turner about devastating family secrets. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Emily Bleeker and Imogen Clark.


Why She Left
Author:  Leah Mercer
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle and Audiobook ARC 
Narrator:  Mira Dovreni
No. of Pages:   295
Date of Publication:   December 13, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Isobel is back. With a fifteen-year-old son in tow. Ruth is not sure why her daughter left, but now that she is back, she will do anything to get them to stay. 

The private school where Ruth serves as headmistress is her family’s legacy. The very first thing that was does is to install her grandson Isaac at the school. Isobel is none too happy. For years she struggled to raise her son and give him all the things that she should could provide and the two have always been very close. She had a reason for leaving in the first place, and it was easy to know that it was connected to her time as a student at the school. Now Isaac is already growing close to his grandmother and Isobel feels like she’s losing a piece of him. 

As I was listening to this audiobook it was very clear to me that Isobel had a very difficult past with the school and with the turn of events it was interesting to see how she could resolve those things and move forward for herself and Isaac. However, this is one of those books where you listen to both sides of the story from Isobel and Ruth and realize that you don’t like either of them. This only made this dramatic story even more intriguing because there was Isaac and his future to consider.

Family drama and a bit of mystery in this story of family secrets had a few surprising twists and kept my attention throughout as I couldn’t wait to see how things would resolve. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Leah Mercer was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Her first ambition was to be a journalist, but after completing a master’s in journalism, she soon realised she preferred anything other than reporting the news. After trying her hand at public relations, teaching and recruitment in various countries around the world, she finally settled in London and returned to writing… fiction, this time. Her first two novels, Who We Were Before and The Man I Thought You Were, were shortlisted at the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards. Leah loves books, running and visiting historic houses with her husband and their son.

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Twitter: @leahmercerbooks

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