What She Left Behind

  • by Ellen Marie Wiseman
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.
Clara Cartwright, 18 years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara's father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care and Clara is committed to the public asylum. Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara's story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother's violent act? Piecing together Clara's fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices - with shocking and unexpected results.


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Customer Reviews

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Through this whole book I was just waiting for something good to happen. The story drags on and the writing is so boring and tedious. I caught myself groaning audibly several times at the lame descriptions and comically bad dialog. The story tries so hard to be suspenseful, but by the middle I was over the "twists and turns". Overall, it was just depressing. I actually skipped the last few chapters just to get to the end for the sake of finishing the book. I love suspense novels, but this one was just ridiculous. I've actually never even written a review, but this one was just too bad , I couldn't pass up the opportunity to warn others.
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- Marina "Eat, sleep, breathe, listen to Audible."

Insults my intelligence

Would you try another book from Ellen Marie Wiseman and/or Tavia Gilbert?


Would you ever listen to anything by Ellen Marie Wiseman again?


How could the performance have been better?

She reads too dramatically......much too eager.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Maybe a teenage girl would be thrilled by it.

Any additional comments?

Audible should warn listeners when a book is meant for teenagers who like horror. This book certainly is not for adults.

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- Diemut

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio