What's Left of Me Is Yours by Stephanie Scott

ebook, 338 pages
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Doubleday Books
About the Book:
In Japan, a covert industry has grown up around the "wakaresaseya" (literally "breaker-upper"), a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings. When Satō hires Kaitarō, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Satō has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitarō's job is to do exactly that--until he does it too well. While Rina remains ignorant of the circumstances that brought them together, she and Kaitarō fall in a desperate, singular love, setting in motion a series of violent acts that will forever haunt her daughter's life.

The pain burned in her chest, so searing it should be an end in itself, but it was not. He was looking to the future, a future she could not be part of, and suddenly she wished she had not pushed him away.

I really loved this book. Told in multiple voices, Scott really brings each of these characters completely to life. The perspectives are all quite distinct, all revolve around love, faith, family and relationships. It also involves a murder but that seemed secondary. It's such an impressive and well done novel. The setting really feels well-detailed atmospheric and authentic, too. And while some of the perspectives are more stylized than others, as a whole this just really works.

It's shockingly visual and totally fresh - not to mention just completely original...all the more surprising since murder mystery stories don't usually feel all that new. And while the plot points in a clear direction, it's almost interactive in the way that it allows the reader to piece it all together - ahead of the characters themselves.

This is very satisfying and very fast-paced. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and I really can't wait to read more from her soon. Stephanie Scott writing is like poetry...Impressively done.

Thank you NetGalley, Doubleday Books and Stephanie Scott for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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