Author: Tamar Ossowski
Publisher:  Skyhorse Publishing                left
Pages: 238
Genre:  Drama
Source: My Daughter

Goodreads:  Therese Wolley is a mother who has made a promise. She works as a secretary, shops for groceries on Saturdays, and takes care of her two girls. She doesn t dwell on the fact that her girls are fatherless, mostly because her own father abandoned her before she was born and she has done just fine without him.Even though her older daughter regularly wakes with nightmares and her younger one whispers letters under her breath, she doesn t shift from her resolve that everything will be fine. She promises . . . and they believe.

Until the morning an obituary in the newspaper changes everything. Therese immediately knows what she has to do. She cannot delay what she has planned, and she cannot find the words to explain her heartbreaking decision to her daughters. She considers her responsibilities, her girls, and her promise. Then she does the only thing that any real mother would do. She goes on the run with one daughter . . . and abandons the other.

Left is told from the perspectives of Franny, the autistic sister who is left behind; Matilda, the troubled older sister who vows to go back and save her; and Therese, a mother on the run.

Ope’s Opinion:  Franny’s voice pulls at your heartstrings.  She is realistic.
Matlida’s voice bounces from being mature beyond her age to being very immature – which at her age is normal.
Therese’s voice seems very selfish, until the end and you see her true motivation.

I did not enjoy the fact that everyone had secrets.  It is enjoyable to read and figure out some secrets, but this book was overloaded with them.  I found  my mind wandering some times and others I was frustrated.  I don’t know if it was the writing as much as the subject.

The last 40 pages brought everything together and made sense out of the rest of the story.

Rating: Three Chairs – I like this book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
3 chairs