Review – Why She Left – Leah Mercer

I first came across the writing of Leah Mercer, under her other pen name of Talli Roland. I must confess that this is the first book under this name that I have read. But it won’t be the last.

Format: Audiobook

Publication Date: 13 Dec 2021

Genres: Mystery & Thrillers | Women’s Fiction


When I open the door and see her, my mind starts churning. Why are they here? What do they want? And why did my daughter leave in the first place? Am I finally, after all of these years, going to find out? I take a deep breath and usher them in…

Ruth has spent every day of the last fifteen years wondering why her daughter Isobel left. Walking around the school to which she has given her life, every child she sees reminds her of her family’s bright future which vanished in an instant.

So when Ruth opens the door to find Isobel and a teenage grandson she never knew existed, she feels a rush of relief. Despite the years of hurt she never stopped loving Isobel and wants to help rebuild her life. Enrolling her grandson at the school, Ruth wants to make sure they stay for good.

Isobel has spent her life running from a painful secret. A secret which could have destroyed her family. Now, as she flees a bad relationship, she knows that her childhood home is the only place where she can be safe.

But as Isobel looks at her son in his crisp new uniform, she is taken straight back to the reason she ran all those years ago. Soon it becomes clear that she is not the only one tormented by the past. Someone is prepared to destroy everything Ruth and Isobel hold dear. Can Isobel confront her darkest secret before it is too late?

My Thoughts:

It didn’t take long for me to become engrossed in this story of a dysfunctional family. What led Isobel to just leave her family fifteen years ago and not get in touch again. To avoid her mother and sister.

Unfortunately due to personal circumstances Isobel feels that she doesn’t have a choice, aside from returning to her former home to get support from her mother. But she doesn’t realise that her mother will try and lure her back into what should have been her career pathway.

However Isobel has a son. She also doesn’t anticipate that her son will be quite fond of his new found grandmother and attending the private school that has been in their family for decades.

But it is not all smooth sailing for this family.

I would highly recommend this book and I will be reading more of Mercer’s books in the future.