What's Left of Me Is Yours

What's Left of Me Is Yours Review

A gripping debut set in modern-day Tokyo and inspired by a true crime, for readers of Everything I Never Told You and The Perfect Nanny, What's Left of Me Is Yours charts a young woman's search for the truth about her mother's life--and her murder.

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.

Told from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan, Stephanie Scott exquisitely renders the affair and its intricate repercussions. As Rina's daughter, Sumiko, fills in the gaps of her mother's story and her own memory, Scott probes the thorny psychological and moral grounds of the actions we take in the name of love, asking where we draw the line between passion and possession.

Title:What's Left of Me Is Yours
Edition Language:English

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    What's Left of Me Is Yours Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Stephanie Scott's literary debut is confidently assured and stunning, drawing its inspiration from a real life crime, a heart breaking blend of fact and fiction, immersing the reader in 1990s and cont...

  • Elle

    A story of love and betrayal, here’s another novel that doesn’t fit cleanly into one genre. Inspired by a real crime, What’s Left of Me Is Yours is a mystery where we already know the killer, a ...

  • Lou

    What's Left of Me is Yours, Stephanie Scott’s multiple award-winning debut novel, is a triumph of a story set against the metropolis of Tokyo, Japan and which shines a light on the peculiar industry...

  • Fiona Mitchell

    This graceful and evocative novel, told in two time frames, transports you all the way to modern-day Tokyo. In the present, we meet Rina’s daughter Sumiko who, when she is on the cusp of qualifying ...

  • Louise Beech

    A beautiful, beautiful book that defies genre - and my words. There is a crime. There is betrayal. There is love. There is history. This is truly an epic, meticulously and lovingly researched, with su...

  • Shannon A

    How do I write a review for a book that is so descriptive and beautiful that it seems to have been an opera whispered? This story is so meticulous researched that you forget that this a novel; a story...

  • Lu

    Greed, Lies, Love, and Murder. What’s Left of Me is Yours is an engrossing story of greed, lies, love, and murder. A must-read debut set in Japan in the 90s.I went out of my comfort zone with this ...

  • Jultri

    Fascinating insight into the Japanese culture as well as its criminal and family legal systems. The writing is undoubtedly gorgeous and sensitive. The pacing is slow, perhaps too slow at times especia...

  • Madeline

    Review to come! But I really enjoyed this one. Definitely recommend. :)-What's Left of Me Is Yours is a slow-burning mystery, coming-of-age story, and an examination of love and family. We follow Sumi...

  • Suzanne thebookblondie

    What’s Left of Me is Yours by Stephanie Scott{Thank you to @doubleday #partner for my advanced review copy}“We erase events from our lives, experiences that do not fit in with the stories we tell ...