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By T.R. Richmond

During this brilliantly smooth novel of affection, obsession, and revenge, a professor items jointly the lifestyles and mysterious demise of a former student—and finds a surprising revelation approximately her ultimate days. “A deliciously sleek tackle the mental mystery” (Daily Telegraph).

On a snowy February morning, the physique of twenty-five-year-old journalist Alice Salmon washes up on a riverbank south of London. The unexpected, stunning loss of life of this cherished neighborhood woman turns into a media sensation, and those that knew her fight to appreciate what occurred to energetic, clever, and savvy Alice Salmon. was once it suicide? a sad twist of fate? Or…murder?

Professor Jeremy Cooke, recognized round campus as outdated Cookie, is an anthropologist nearing the tip of his unremarkable educational occupation. Alice is his former pupil, and the article of his bad obsession. After her dying, he embarks on a last project—a ebook documenting Alice’s lifestyles during the electronic and paper trails that live to tell the tale her: her diaries, letters, fb posts, Tweets, and textual content messages. He collects information articles by way of and approximately her; he transcribes previous voicemails; he interviews her associates, family members, and boyfriends.

Bit by way of bit, the true Alice—a complex and susceptible younger woman—springs totally shaped from the pages of Cookie’s book…along with a labyrinth of misunderstandings, lies, and secrets and techniques that forged suspicion on everybody in her circle—including Jeremy himself.

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I didn’t have my most sensible on, my skirt was once in a rumpled pile at the ground. I felt in poor health, driven him away, pulled my outfits on and ran. you usually stated i'll consistently speak in confidence you, Mum, yet I can’t ship you this . . . Letter despatched by means of Professor Jeremy Cooke, June 25, 2012 Larry, I can’t get Alice and Liz out of my head. I even dreamed of them final evening. awakened and Fliss requested if i used to be okay; I’d been muttering in my sleep. I didn’t inform her I’d been fed on by means of a imaginative and prescient of Liz’s hair, that lengthy, lustrous sweep. “It’s like a mane,” I enormously bear in mind announcing to her one afternoon. “Thanks very much,” she laughed, “for evaluating me to a horse. ” We have been at the mattress in an inexpensive inn beside the A36. regardless of our disrobed country, there has been no embarrassment or disgrace; that habitually got here later. Margaret Thatcher’s voice was once popping out of a small black-and-white television within the nook. The Falklands. Nineteen eighty-two. Fliss battered into my mind, yet I driven her again out, stroked Liz’s face. “You make me suppose incredible,” I acknowledged to this lady who wasn’t the single I’d married six years previous, this most modern addition to the educating employees who I’d first noticeable waltzing around the quad—she didn’t stroll, she waltzed as though she used to be relocating to music—a couple of months sooner than. She smiled; her tooth stained from the now not excellent crimson. It happened to me that this was once the me i'll were: the kind of guy who can pay funds for resort rooms within the afternoons. i'm that individual, i presumed. “I’ve by no means felt like this before,” I stated. “Me neither,” she answered. Larry, it’s like a confessional, sharing this with you yet again. i used to be seeing myself anew: I wasn’t deconstructing anyone else’s habit or making a choice on over the bones of somebody else’s lifestyles; i used to be dwelling for the instant, within the current, now not a few period hundreds of thousands of years in the past. I touched her black hair, each one strand a package deal of DNA. omit DNA, i assumed stroking it. this can be her, this can be Liz. It felt like every thing used to be altering: politics, principles, society. probably this shrill grocer’s daughter was once correct: something was once attainable. “Aren’t we the bizarre couple? ” she requested playfully. “Well, my darling artifact? ” She by no means bored with teasing me approximately how i used to be approximately 11 years her senior. I reached out and she or he made a bit noise and it delivered to brain a legitimate Fliss made. cease considering, i assumed, cease rattling good pondering. “Do you by no means get scared? ” she requested afterwards—Liz did. “I’m infrequently something else,” I spoke back. there have been plenty of obtuse questions and cryptic solutions, yet that used to be the second one get together she’d requested me that exact one. It had arise the former evening in addition to we’d dressed for dinner. She lit a cigarette, inquired if I’d like one, and it gave me a hurry of gloom: that she didn’t recognize no matter if I smoked. She might have been being ironic, i guess. “I’m attempting to quit,” she acknowledged, exhaling a skinny path of smoke. you just do not know that I don’t smoke, I’d suggestion. you don't have any concept that I don’t smoke, to any extent further than you haven't any concept that I’d prefer to determine an orchid greenhouse or can’t abide over-hot climates—the fortnight Fliss and that i had in Leukaspis used to be purgatory—or, for that subject, that i'm mildly allergic to shellfish.

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