Why She Left

Why She Left by Leah Mercer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Burlington Square is not just a private privilege school – it’s a lifestyle. Established by Ruth’s grandfather, The Square has been running by the family ever since. And as a rule – The Square was meant to be inherited by Ruth’s younger daughter Isobel who grew up sharing her mother’s dream. At the age of fifteen, Isobel left home and her future at The Square behind, only to return fifteen years later. But she didn’t come back in the hope to reunite with her family, she was seeking protection.

I was completely disappointed by the book. The reason Isobel ran from home was right there, at the very beginning of the novel. The ex she was now running from – was not as dangerous as he was portraited to be. Alex – do not get me even started on Alex. From his first mentioning in the novel, anyone could tell that he came to The Square with vengeance on his mind. And Cecily – I believe her character could have been so much more involved in the novel, but she was always “dismissed”. Even at the end, her twist was not shocking, actually, it felt necessary. I just didn’t see any mystery in the novel, no suspense. Characters felt forced. The plot was evolved around Isobel’s physical and emotional trauma during her teenage years. It was a great idea of the plot, wish it was built better.

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.



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