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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 Satō a long married man who has grown increasingly disillusioned with his marriage and as a conseuence pays a fee to Kaitarō 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 ABOUT ANARCHISM it will be an easy case But Satō has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitarō's job The Banker's Wife is to do exactly that until he does Absolute Trust (Renegade, it too well While Rina remains La isla de la calavera ignorant of the circumstances that brought them together she and Kaitarō fall Paleontology and Paleoenvironments in a desperate singular love setting Manga in motion a series of violent acts that will forever What's Left of Me The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance is Yours Stephanie Scott’s multiple award winning debut novel Prayer For Little Things is a triumph of a story set against the metropolis of Tokyo Japan and which shines a light on the peculiar A Treatise on Time and Space industry that has sprung up The White Lantern in relation to those Kingsbane (Empirium, in struggling marriages as well as the way marriage struggles and Learning To Dance impending divorce 901 FRANCE ROUTES AUTOROUTES 2019 FRANCE ROUTIERE MAXI FORMAT RECTO is perceived ¡Dilly-ding, dilly-dong!: Leicester City, el triunfo más improbable de la historia del fútbol inglés in Asia Inspired by a fascinating true crime awe of murder Scott masterfully crafts a devastatingly deft fact meets fiction epic that barges La locura de saltar contigo its way The Five Chinese Brothers into your heart and mind and has you racing through The Future Aint What It Used to Be its pages feverishly The plot centres around Osamu Satō a long married man who has grown Roomies increasingly disillusioned with his marriage and as a conseuence pays a fee to Kaitarō Nakamura Adventures of Superman Vol. 3 in order to seduce his wife Rina making Virgin Wanted it easier to demonise her for participation The Message Ministry Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language in adultery her Lie With Me in front of the courts when applying for a divorce But you know what they say about the best laid plansThis No Feelings Involved is a compelling gripping and exuisitely lyrical story and from the opening pages El libro de sinAzucar.org it captured my attention and I raced through One Wore Blue (Cameron Saga: Civil War Trilogy, it despite my attempts to savour Size Matters it as best I could It's a beautifully crafted tour de force that I am sure will be ¡Oh, lorem ipsum! 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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

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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


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 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


  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 but seemingly the entire Japanese legal system as wellI really have to take a moment to mention how different Japan’s criminal justice process is from our own I mean one of the biggest flaws in the American system is how inconsistently people are treated across the board In Japan they seem to have the inverse problem preventing discrimination through absolutes and rigidity It’s all obviously a lot nuanced than that and as someone who’s really only vaguely familiar with one set of national laws I’m not really euipped to dissect those intricacies But from this perspective I can’t really wrap my head around some of the tenants in Japanese law Basically if I ever get arrested in Japan I’ll have to call Scott to bail me outThis novel moves uietly but with enormous intent I almost felt as though I was reading two different books simultaneously which in a way I was The story of Rina and Kaitarō is a slow burn that we already know ends in tragedy It’s suspenseful not just because of its grisly outcome but because of the precariousness of their budding relationship There’s a muted menace waiting just around the corner of every romantic outing or forbidden tryst even if it’s not referred to directly In present day Rina’s daughter Sumiko is unraveling the mystery of her mother’s death It’s not that the details are unknown to authorities they’re just out of reach for her While not your typical ‘thriller’ the tension as both narratives slowly find their way towards one another makes for plenty of revelationsIt’s fascinating and shrewd Well paced but definitely a slow burn These are some of my favorite kinds of books to read but I always get nervous they’ll be misunderstood by a reader who’s going by a 5 word blurb I’d recommend taking your time while reading this one; enjoy the scenes Scott paints of both metropolitan and rural Japan so artfully There’s plenty to appreciate here and I really loved having somewhere to travel to while being stuck indoors during this uarantine Thanks to Doubleday Books Netgalley for an advance copy


  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 named Kaitaro is hired by the husband of Rina to seduce her so he can easily get a divorce and to 20 years later when Rina’s daughter Sumiko is discovering the truth about her mother’s murderThis is a crime story a love story and it also shines a light on Japanese culture and their legal system and also the despicable career of a “wakaresaseya”


  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 society could involve a Wakaresaseya which is an agent for hire who discretely breaks partnerships apart A sordid business it is using unethical practices to gain favorable positioning for the person initiating the splitAfter obtaining a client contract the Wakaresaseya studies the subject to plan a strategy Spouses may be drawn into affairs business ties uietly severed by unearthing secrets casting a career shadow The list goes on How far is too far? The debate remains as the little known industry continues with scant regulationSumiko has grown up with a lie Her mother was murdered not killed in a car accident as she was told We find out early that her father hired a Wakaresaseya to effect a divorce and achieve financial and custodial advantages As she traces her memories and investigates her mother’s death she reconciles her past and present How did her mother die and what happened?I loved this beautiful book A luxuriant trip into an appreciated culture weaving small bits of everyday life and scenery into the story it doesn’t move fast However I was captivated as I was brought to reminisce about my visit to Japan long ago Just the mention of a Bento box and lacuer chopsticks too small for a child’s hand brought it to lifeThe physical copy itself was uietly resplendent in its presentation from the exuisite cover to the thick cream pages Small bamboo leaf prints and kanji within the text added nuance Lastly if you have a moment check out the author’s impressive bio She’s earned high praise for her research some of it in connection to this book


  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 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 Satō a long married man who has grown increasingly disillusioned with his marriage and as a conseuence pays a fee to Kaitarō 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


  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 meet Rina’s daughter Sumiko who when she is on the cusp of ualifying as a lawyer gets a phone call from the Prison Service about an inmate called Kaitarō who is somehow connected to her mother Rina Sumiko has always believed that her mother died in a car accident but now everything she knew about her family is about to fall apartThe past charts the growing love affair between the married photography loving Rina and the troubled Kaitarō There are several Japanese words to describe love but surely none of them can capture the intense love between Kaitarō and Rina Kaitarō is a ‘wakaresaseya’ a ‘breaker upper’ a man who has been hired by Rina’s husband Satō to seduce Rina in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings Rina knows nothing about Kaitarō’s ‘honey trap’ credentials and as their affair deepens Kaitarō wants to keep it that way As the love affair develops in the past in the present Sumiko goes to great lengths to find out just what happened to her mother all those years agoWhat results is a compelling and sophisticated love story where all the beauty that we see think ikebana Shinto shrines misty beaches and delicious arrays of cakes belies Rina’s brutal murder This meticulously researched novel demands to be read slowly so that you can appreciate the many exuisite details of Japanese culture that its pages contain It is tragically beautiful sensuous and haunting and ultimately redemptive A stunning debut


  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 told nearest to truth


  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 to a child to protect them from the horrors of reality at what point if ever should we tell them that we lied? How will the new truth affect their life choices and the narrative that they have created for themselves since childhood?When Sumiko was seven years old her mother was murdered but her grandfather told her that her mother had died in a car accident Now a grown woman with a new law degree Sumiko discovers the truth and she goes on a uest to dig up all the details of the ugly past When all is laid bare she does indeed have to choose what to do with what has been done to herThere's a semi legitimate profession in Japan that translates into something like person who breaks up relationships for a living A man who wants a favorable divorce agreement will hire such a person to seduce his wife then use the evidence to gain the advantage in the divorce But what happens when the professional breaker upper falls in love with the woman he has been hired to ruin? The chapters alternate between Sumiko's story and the story of her mother Rina and the man Kaitano who was hired to seduce her I was thoroughly captivated by Sumiko's chapters telling of her childhood and her present day endeavors I found myself growing impatient with the RinaKaitano chapters and I'm not sure why The evolution of their relationship is absolutely essential to the outcome but somehow the writing felt different to me If you love literary fiction don't be put off by my middling rating There's much to love about the book It's beautifully written and chock full of fascinating details about Japanese culture If you have an interest in law you'll be especially interested in the differences between the American and Japanese legal systems And it was inspired by a true storyThis was book number three in my heat wave reading marathon


  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 truly an epic meticulously and lovingly researched with such exuisite description and detail that I read the same lines over many times There are thought provoking observations unforgettable characters and heart breaking decisions that set in motion catastrophic events I will not forget this book for a long time


  10. says:

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


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