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Publisher's Summary

"Each chapter of this enrapturing novel is elegantly brief and charged with barely contained emotion." (New York Times Book Review)

A gripping debut set in modern-day Tokyo and inspired by a true crime, for readers and listeners 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 proceedings. 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 haunt her daughter's life.

Told from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan, Stephanie Scott exquisitely 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.

©2020 Stephanie Scott (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Beautifully written, atmospheric, and immersive, Stephanie Scott’s What’s Left of Me Is Yours tells a propulsive story about heartbreak and loss and the greatest mystery of all, family." (Laurie Frankel, New York Times best-selling author of This Is How It Always Is)

"A brilliant debut." (Louise Doughty, author of Platform Seven and Apple Tree Yard)

"Stephanie Scott’s story of a woman’s murder sweeps the reader into a world in which love is fused with betrayal and truth is locked away. Beautiful, delicate and brutal, What’s Left of Me Is Yours, is difficult to put down, impossible to forget." (Marti Leimbach, best-selling author of Dying Young and Daniel Isn't Talking)

Editor's Pick

Soulful sketches of a crime
"Atmospheric, sweeping, and transporting, this debut from British Singaporean writer Stephanie Scott is one to get lost in. I plunged into the fictionalized account of a real crime that took place in 1994 in Tokyo. The story revolves around two lovers, one of which was a hired agent in the wakaresaseya, or marriage break-up industry, who was paid to seduce a woman, but ends up falling for her. We get a glimpse into this controversial occupation where deception and betrayal are tools of the trade, with irreparable impacts. Brilliantly voiced by Janet Song and Emily Woo Zeller, the story takes shape as we hear various viewpoints, letting you piece together events along the way. Elegant reveries and searing, stark revelations are woven together with hauntingly beautiful descriptions of Tokyo, Shimoda, and Hokkaido—evoking a distinct sense of place that stays with you long after you finish listening."—Kelley S., Audible Editor

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Excellent book

This book deserves a comment. Deeply felt book, feelings dramatized, emotions explored and incite full. Tasted like a lite wine it moves along taste by taste each bit to be savored. It seems slow because it is deep. The narrative is of a murder but it is seen from multi parts , the victim, father, Daughter and lover. A classic. Probably a best seller and book club favorite . Deep lnto Japanese law and culture it becomes engrossing and worth the effort to listen. Not the usual who done it but why it was done. Worth the time to listen.

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With 4 hours plus left to go, I gave up

I tried to like this. The narrator was flawless but the plot and the characters, not so much. Every time the story got moving, it got bogged down again with endless repetition unnecessary drama, angst, hesitation and the plot just bottomed out again. I finally made the decision to bag it because I could not wait another 4 hours to figure out what happened because by then, I just didn't care.

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nice writing of a boring story

I struggled to finish this as nothing gripping happened. It is a beautiful told tale of love and loss. The differences in the Japanese penal system was interesting, but there wasn't enough to keep me engaged.