COLETTE MCBETH was a BBC TV Crime Reporter for ten years. She lives in West London with her husband and three young children. She attended the Faber Academy Novel Writing Course in 2011. The Life I Left Behind is her second novel.
"The Life I Left Behind is a rare thing; a well-paced, meticulously-researched thriller which is not just gripping but compassionate, too. McBeth's characters are three-dimensional, their motives psychologically convincing, and this includes the victims: much more than mere bodies on a slab, they are real and much-beloved characters with families and friends to mourn them." --Paula Hawkins, author of #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train"Colette McBeth digs deep into a childhood friendship that goes dangerously awry. What happens next will chill you to the bone. Precious Thing will make you wonder about your own friends...and whether they just might be your worst enemies." --Tess Gerritsen"[A] haunting first novel...McBeth imbues her characters with layers upon hidden layers, keeping readers guessing until the end." --Publishers Weekly"[A] spellbinding thriller." --Kirkus"Friendship, betrayal and secrets too big to bear: a book to race through, breathless, in a sitting." --Alex Marwood"Keep your eyes peeled this summer for an astonishing new talent in the form of hack-turned-novelist Colette McBeth...Gone Girl but with a Brit voice." --David Mark"An excellent debut, well-written, gripping and tense which skillfully weaves an unfolding nightmare with a dark past." --Cath Staincliffe