As She Left It: A Novel

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A 2014 Anthony Award Winner

When she was twelve years old, Opal Jones escaped her mothers endless drinking. Now, returning to their small Leeds cottage after her mums death, Opal feels like shes gone back in time. Nosey Mrs. Pickess is still polishing her windows to a sparkle. Fishbo, Opals ancient music teacher, still plays trumpet with his band. And much to Opals delight, her favorite neighbor, Margaret Reid, still keeps an eye on things from the walk in front of her house.

But a tragedy has struck Mote Street. Margarets grandson, Craig, disappeared some ten years ago, and every day hes not found, shame and sorrow settle deeper into the neighborhoods forgotten corners. As the door she closed on her own dark past begins to open, Opal uncovers more secrets than she can bear about the people who were once her friends.


Winner of the 2014 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original

Winner of the 2013 Gold ForeWord IndieFab Award for Mystery

Named one ofKIRKUS REVIEWS' Best Books of 2013

Starred The creator of Dandy Gilver . . . has produced a stand-alone that is worlds apart, a fascinating, mysterious ramble you can't put down. Kirkus Reviews(starred review)

Dark, absorbing, contemporary stand-alone. Publishers Weekly

[A] captivating stand-alone from the author of the Dandy Gilver mystery series. Booklist

McPherson has crafted a tale that is both suspenseful and poignant. I wanted to cheer for Opal one second and hug her the next. Eileen Rendahl, author of The Messenger Novels

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