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What's Left of Me Is Yours ❮EPUB❯ ✻ What's Left of Me Is Yours ✶ Author Stephanie Scott – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 th of Me MOBI · 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 Sat hires Kaitar , a wakaresaseya agent, to What's Left eBook ✓ have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case But Sat has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitar 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 Kaitar fall in a desperate, singular love, setting in motion a series of violent acts that will forever haunt her daughter s lifeTold from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan, Stephanie Scott exquisitely renders the affair Left of Me ePUB ´ 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.


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  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    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 contemporary Japan Scott s research of Japanese society and culture is impeccable, portrayed with subtlety and nuance, in its keen observations and insights, an absolute necessity if the reader is unaware of its marked differences from our world, with its seemingly rigid constraints and limitations Wi 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 contemporary Japan Scott s research of Japanese society and culture is impeccable, portrayed with subtlety and nuance, in its keen observations and insights, an absolute necessity if the reader is unaware of its marked differences from our world, with its seemingly rigid constraints and limitations With poetic and lyrical prose, Scott atmospherically and vividly evokes the Japanese landscape and the city of Tokyo which is a central character in its own right in this depiction of the tragic and explosive ramifications of a love affair that is at once everything yet inherently doomed.In a long term marriage, Osamu Satu is a disillusioned and unhappy man looking to extricate himself and divorce his wife, Rina To gain the upper hand in the divorce proceedings, in a country where divorce is still a blame game, rooted in guilt and harsh custody arrangements, he decides to make use of the below the radar industry of wakanesaseya a strange cultural practice of hiring someone to seduce your marriage partner He employs Kaitaro Nakamura to seduce Rina, an act that will tear the family apart and ruin their future with the repercussions that follow Kaitaro sees and understands Rina intuitively in a way Satu had been unable to do in all the years he had known Rina Unaware of the machinations that lie behind Kaitaro s presence, Rina becomes aware of all that she is, she and Kaitaro succumb to and embark on a love affair that breaks all the rules, emotions are not so easily ordered or controlled, inexorably leading to murder Decades later, Rina s lawyer daughter, Sumiko, answers a fateful phone call that reveals family secrets and brings cascading down all that she knew of herself, turning to ashes all she believed was her family history In a narrative that shifts from past to present, Sumiko sets out to discover who her mother was, what happened to her, the nature of the Japanese legal and justice system, the truth and anatomy of a passionate and revelatory love and all that followed in its wake Scott s artful and considered storytelling hones into the heart and belly of Japanese culture and society, its norms and attitudes, the position of women, family, justice, ethics and morality, the underlying cultural acceptance of what is This is a beautiful, moving, captivating, thought provoking and devastating story of love, loss, grief, marriage, family, deception and betrayal that I have no hesitation in recommending highly Many thanks to Orion for an ARC


  2. Elle Elle says:

    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 romance that sours and a family drama located in the heart of Tokyo I had no knowledge of the wakaresaseya profession before beginning, but trust that Stephanie Scott is an expert not only in the real case that inspired the book, but seemingly the entire Japanese legal system as well.I really have to t 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 romance that sours and a family drama located in the heart of Tokyo I had no knowledge of the wakaresaseya profession before beginning, but trust that Stephanie Scott is an expert not only in the real case that inspired the book, but seemingly the entire Japanese legal system as well.I really have to take a moment to mention how different Japan s criminal justice process is from our own I mean, one of the biggest flaws in the American system is how inconsistently people are treated across the board In Japan they seem to have the inverse problem, preventing discrimination through absolutes and rigidity It s all obviously a lotnuanced than that, and as someone who s really only vaguely familiar with one set of national laws, I m not really equipped to dissect those intricacies But from this perspective I can t really wrap my head around some of the tenants in Japanese law Basically if I ever get arrested in Japan, I ll have to call Scott to bail me out.This novel moves quietly, but with enormous intent I almost felt as though I was reading two different books simultaneously, which in a way I was The story of Rina and Kaitar is a slow burn that we already know ends in tragedy It s suspenseful not just because of its grisly outcome, but because of the precariousness of their budding relationship There s a muted menace waiting just around the corner of every romantic outing or forbidden tryst, even if it s not referred to directly In present day, Rina s daughter Sumiko is unraveling the mystery of her mother s death It s not that the details are unknown to authorities, they re just out of reach for her While not your typical thriller , the tension as both narratives slowly find their way towards one another makes for plenty of revelations.It s fascinating and shrewd Well paced, but definitely a slow burn These are some of my favorite kinds of books to read, but I always get nervous they ll be misunderstood by a reader who s going by a 5 word blurb I d recommend taking your time while reading this one enjoy the scenes Scott paints of both metropolitan and rural Japan so artfully There s plenty to appreciate here, and I really loved having somewhere to travel to while being stuck indoors during this quarantineThanks to Doubleday Books Netgalley for an advance copy


  3. Lou Lou says:

    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 that has sprung up in relation to those in struggling marriages as well as the way marriage struggles and impending divorce is perceived in Asia Inspired by a fascinating true crime awe of murder, Scott masterfully crafts a devastatingly deft fact meets fiction epic that barges its way into your hea 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 that has sprung up in relation to those in struggling marriages as well as the way marriage struggles and impending divorce is perceived in Asia Inspired by a fascinating true crime awe of murder, Scott masterfully crafts a devastatingly deft fact meets fiction epic that barges its way into your heart and mind and has you racing through its pages feverishly The plot centres around Osamu Sat a long married man who has grown increasingly disillusioned with his marriage, and as a consequence, pays a fee to Kaitar Nakamura in order to seduce his wife, Rina, making it easier to demonise her for participation in adultery her in front of the courts when applying for a divorce But you know what they say about the best laid plans.This is a compelling, gripping and exquisitely lyrical story and from the opening pages it captured my attention and I raced through it despite my attempts to savour it as best I could It s a beautifully crafted tour de force that I am sure will be in my top ten reads of 2020 at the end of the year The cast of characters were engaging and intriguing but the main character was really the Tokyo setting which suited me perfectly as a Japanophile the locations leapt from the pages and I learned manyfascinating anecdotes about Japanese culture, especially the regard marriage is held in in society and interesting information about the criminal justice process Ms Scott is a huge new talent and this is a pure, indulgent and thoroughly accomplished page turner that ll appeal to a wide range of readers I am excited for her future endeavours Unreservedly recommended Many thanks to WN for an ARC


  4. Fiona Mitchell Fiona Mitchell says:

    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 as a lawyer, gets a phone call from the Prison Service about an inmate called Kaitar who is somehow connected to her mother Rina Sumiko has always believed that her mother died in a car accident, but now everything she knew about her family is about to fall apart.The past charts the growing love aff 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 as a lawyer, gets a phone call from the Prison Service about an inmate called Kaitar who is somehow connected to her mother Rina Sumiko has always believed that her mother died in a car accident, but now everything she knew about her family is about to fall apart.The past charts the growing love affair between the married, photography loving Rina and the troubled Kaitar There are several Japanese words to describe love, but surely none of them can capture the intense love between Kaitar and Rina Kaitar is a wakaresaseya a breaker upper , a man who has been hired by Rina s husband Sat to seduce Rina in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings Rina knows nothing about Kaitar s honey trap credentials and as their affair deepens, Kaitar wants to keep it that way As the love affair develops in the past, in the present Sumiko goes to great lengths to find out just what happened to her mother all those years ago.What results is a compelling and sophisticated love story where all the beauty that we see think ikebana, Shinto shrines, misty beaches and delicious arrays of cakes belies Rina s brutal murder This meticulously researched novel demands to be read slowly so that you can appreciate the many exquisite details of Japanese culture that its pages contain It is tragically beautiful, sensuous and haunting, and ultimately redemptive A stunning debut


  5. Louise Beech Louise Beech says:

    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 such exquisite description and detail that I read the same lines over, many times There are thought provoking observations, unforgettable characters, and heart breaking decisions that set in motion catastrophic events I will not forget this book for a long time.


  6. Shannon A Shannon A says:

    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 of a family and love so masterfully woven you forget the crime A stunning debut of the many shades of love how the best of lies are told nearest to truth 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 of a family and love so masterfully woven you forget the crime A stunning debut of the many shades of love how the best of lies are told nearest to truth


  7. Lu Lu says:

    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 book I don t usually read crime and mystery, but this story was too intriguing to miss.It seems that the legal system in Japan is, or at least was in the 90s, very different from what we are used to in America For instance, in a divorce, only one of the parents was given full custody of the children 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 book I don t usually read crime and mystery, but this story was too intriguing to miss.It seems that the legal system in Japan is, or at least was in the 90s, very different from what we are used to in America For instance, in a divorce, only one of the parents was given full custody of the children The other parent depended on the goodwill of the former spouse to ever see his her offspring again.In this scenario, determining the cause of the divorce and the party directly responsible for it was essential Being found guilty could mean the loss of one s children and the need to financially compensate the other party.Wherever there is a need, there is a service to provide it.Sumikko discovers, by accident, that her mother Nina did not die in a car crash twenty years ago She was murdered by her lover, a man hired by Sumiko s father to seduce her and provide grounds for an advantageous divorce.The story is heartbreaking and yet full of love and emotion I loved how the author portrayed the intricacies of the character s relationships How my feelings shifted as the story progressed.This is a debut novel, but it does not read like one It s deep, well written, soul crushing, sometimes a bit overwhelming.Loveless marriages, adultery, divorce, and the thin line between passionate love and uncontrolled possession are well examined and dissected in this book.The role of women in Japanese society is examined, highlighting the impossible choices they have to make in their quest for love and acceptance.I ve listened to the audiobook, and the narration was superb The calm tone of voice was perfect for the story.The descriptions of forensics and police questionings were made in a way that brought me into the room I felt the tension, the despair, it was impressively engaging.I also enjoyed the little trips to the Japanese coast, its delicious flavors, flowers, and ancient temples.It was a fascinating journey into Japan and it s legal system I highly recommend the audio version for aimmersive experience.Great read Disclosure I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  8. Jultri Jultri says:

    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 especially when the climax is already heralded during the gradual buildup I was hoping forof a crime thriller, but the who and why became clear early on Instead it was partly distorted love story and partly family drama, the latter by far theintriguing component in portraying the various rela 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 especially when the climax is already heralded during the gradual buildup I was hoping forof a crime thriller, but the who and why became clear early on Instead it was partly distorted love story and partly family drama, the latter by far theintriguing component in portraying the various relationships and the dynamics within these that between father and daughter, granddaughter and grandfather, husband and wife The end troubles me deeply, for not only did the Japanese court label it a crime of love, of passion, but so did the daughter of the victim condoning violence towards woman as somehow beingacceptable and less punishable if love is the motivation That s just twisted, abhorrent and highly dangerous Love does not make you kill Jealousy, possessiveness, egocentricity make you kill Don t mistake evil for love Don t sugarcoat it No, I don t believe that we all have the ability to kill in us as the author implied , especially to strangle someone wilfully, slowly, because it is not a quick nor merciful death It s a deliberate act of brutality An antithesis of love Beautifully narrated by Japanese British actress, Hanako Footman


  9. Madeline Madeline says:

    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 Sumiko as she searches to discoverabout her mother, Rina, and how she died What she uncovers is an unexpected story of love and pain, one that split her family apart Sumiko has to decide how she will live with what she uncovers whether she follows in the footsteps of her family, or forges her ow 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 Sumiko as she searches to discoverabout her mother, Rina, and how she died What she uncovers is an unexpected story of love and pain, one that split her family apart Sumiko has to decide how she will live with what she uncovers whether she follows in the footsteps of her family, or forges her own path.Scott s writing is beautiful There are many sentences that I stopped to underline While she is great at describing actions and settings in unique, eye catching ways, I think she excels at capturing the subtleties of thought and emotion A lot of this hinges on Scott s understanding of Japanese language, and the nuances to certain words and feelings Sumiko s observations on different ideas and variations in language created many poetic moments where I had to pause and contemplate these ideas myself Of course, another key aspect of this novel is the questionable morality surrounding how Sumiko s mother died, and the man who killed her While this acion may have been black and white in the eyes of the law also expertly dissected in this book it is clear Scott has done her research , Sumiko must come to terms with how she will understand her history for herself I admired how vulnerable she let herself be, while also being able to stand up for herself and her interpretation of events, even in the face of considerable family pressure There are many important questions brought up about family, loyalty, right and wrong, and forgiveness.This story is also a love story We get to learn of Rina s past and the affair that led to her death from the very beginning of the book, and man, is it a complicated story But Scott weaves together multiple storylines so well, and I loved learning about Rina as an individual with passion, ambitions and dreams Instead of creating an amorphous victim, Scott gives life to Rina, along with her murderer, and we see the beautiful life that they lived together before it all spiraled out of control While this crime is one that is not blameless, it was very interesting to learn the backstory and gain afull understanding of what happened.This is a well rounded, heartfelt debut that I absolutely fell in love with I am so so excited to see what Scott comes up with in the future If you re looking for a thriller, mystery, family saga, or coming of age story, this one checks off all of those boxes It is such a unique gem


  10. Suzanne thebookblondie Suzanne thebookblondie says:

    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 ourselves Still, there are some memories that hover on the periphery They reach out to you from another time and transform a moment of joy into one of shame From then on these recollections stay with you They linger on the edge of your vision and say, Look at what you are When Sumiko Sarashima wa 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 ourselves Still, there are some memories that hover on the periphery They reach out to you from another time and transform a moment of joy into one of shame From then on these recollections stay with you They linger on the edge of your vision and say, Look at what you are When Sumiko Sarashima was seven years old, her mother, Rina, was murdered Now, as an adult and newly licensed attorney, Sumiko begins to sift through case files, video recordings, photographs, and evidence of the past to uncover the truth behind her mother s murder What Sumiko finds is the romantic love story between her mother and a man named Kaitaro Nakamura, a man who formerly worked as a wakaresaseya, a seducer hired by men to frame their wives and gain the advantage in the divorce The further Sumiko digs, the closer she comes to learning the truth.This book BLEW ME AWAY The story, itself, is told in alternating viewpoints and locations from the present of Sumiko s research to the past of Rina s affair with Kaitaro As those two timelines begin to converge, Sumiko begins to fill in the gaps of her childhood memories with the truth of what was hidden from her In the timeline of the past, we learn that Japanese laws regarding divorce are strict, and the severing of ties leaves no room for pleasantries When Rina s husband hires Kaitaro to seduce her, he opens a can of worms when he really just wants the upper hand in their divorce Though he finds Rina undesirable, he neglects to consider that the man he hires might love her for who she really is.Not only is Stephanie Scott s writing exquisite, but she also offers a glimpse into a cultural aspect that I was formerly unfamiliar with To an extent, I think Sumiko, though a Japanese attorney, had also been unfamiliar with the intricacies of such legal proceedings until she began to investigate her mother s death I am such a sucker for a dynamic character, and Stephanie Scott delivered inways than one The secrets that unfold reveal deep layers regarding the most complex emotions those of love, betrayal, and vengeance It s a slow burn to the action but incredibly well paced in terms of the backstory and investigation What s Left of Me is Yours is filled with beautiful language and will surely leave you with a book hangover Now which famous book club will make this one a monthly pick Hmmm 5 stars


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