Literary Fiction

The Girl He Left Behind

By: Lesley Hayes

Charismatic and deeply troubled Alex experiences a mid-life metamorphosis with a shattering shrapnel effect. Kat’s world was changed forever by their first meeting, and twenty years later she is still making sense of the changes their relationship has brought about. What lies at the core of Alex, the person she remains attached to despite everything?
Today our self-concept has become paramount. But to what extent do we control the events that shape us, and is transformation always what we imagine? Can any of us say with certainty that we understand the person we love, or ourselves?
An exploration of the consequences of choice, the challenges and shifting face of love, and the quest to inhabit a fluid yet credible identity, The Girl He Left Behind poses important questions for our times.

5 stars

Friendship to Obsession and the Consequences…

  • by Tom Benson (July 4, 2018)

In this tale, we are presented with fine examples of love, despair, friendship, obsession and more besides. I’m a firm believer in the maxim that only a woman truly understands how to provide ultimate pleasure for her own gender. With this in mind, I would suggest that the psychological connection between two women is on a similar plane—both fragile and supremely strong to the same degree.

Trust is the key to the strength of any relationship; however short. The longer the relationship exists, therefore the greater the trust—or so we might expect.
Where do you draw the line between a ‘little white lie’ and ‘deceit’?

Few authors are capable of drawing you into a story and causing you to examine your personal beliefs and the decisions you’ve made. I say this because for me, more than once it’s been the consequence of reading a Lesley Hayes novel. This one is no different.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing? It depends how honest you are with yourself.

The key players in this incredible story will pull you into their world, and each will tempt you into believing that their way of thinking is the right way. Good luck on that one.
Essentially, this is a tale which explores women in relationships with other women, but it is far removed from the titillation of erotica—trust me; I read and write it.
As you’ll find with all of Lesley’s work, the imagery and dialogue are superb, but beyond anything else, her characters are not well-rounded—they are complete and live on in the memory.

Thank you for another wonderful story, Lesley Hayes.

An American, Multi-Genre author of Paranormal, Criminal Suspense, Police Procedural and Romance novels. Melanie's uses her education and experience to make her stories exciting, action-packed and gripping. In addition to writing, she also loves to read.

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