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Gs 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. 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 conseuence 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 plansThis is a compelling gripping and exuisitely 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 many fascinating 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

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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 proceedin. 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 doomedIn 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

CHARACTERS What's Left of Me Is Yours

Haunt her daughter's lifeTold from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan Stephanie Scott exuisitely 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. 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


10 thoughts on “What's Left of Me Is Yours

  1. says:

    Stephanie Scott's literary debut is confidently assured and stunning drawing its inspiration from a real life crime a heart breaking blend of f

  2. 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 b

  3. says:

    45A really well written heartbreaking debut set in Japanbased on a true storyThis story shifts back and forth between the 1990’s where a man

  4. says:

    Aishitimasu An expression of romantic love not meant for a book but I really did love thisWhat to do when love ends or was never there in the first place?Maybe you’d like to end a professional relationship?The solution in Japanese

  5. 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 devastatingl

  6. says:

    This graceful and evocative novel told in two time frames transports you all the way to modern day Tokyo In the present we

  7. 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

  8. says:

    35 starsNear the end of this book Sumiko the main character uses this Sarte uote in deciding how to move on with her life Freedom is what you do with what's been done to youThe essence of this story is the destructive power of deception and how the lies and secrets reverberate through the generations of a Japanese family If we choose to lie

  9. 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

  10. says:

    What's Left of Me Is Yours is an exceptional novel

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