What's Left of Me Is Yours

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about the book

An enthralling debut set in modern-day Tokyo and inspired by true events. What’s Left of Me Is Yours follows a young woman’s search for the truth about her mother’s life—and her murder.


“Enrapturing… This richly imagined novel considers the many permutations of love and what we are capable of doing in its name.” The New York Times Editor’s Pick

“Mesmerizing” The Los Angeles Times

“[An] impressive first novel. . . What’s Left of Me Is Yours is a finely written case history of a crime of passion—not only a ‘why-dunnit’ but a ‘what really happened?’ . . . A metaphoric lyricism ripples through this chronicle of an unknown past recovered only in part. . . Scott answers her compelling book’s questions with the skill of a master.” The Wall Street Journal

“Scott deftly exposes how life-limiting even the most well-intentioned lies can be, especially for women in a society that remains as patriarchal as Japan’s. . . For the outsider, What’s Left of Me Is Yours is an extraordinary window onto [Japanese] culture. . . Each chapter of this enrapturing novel is elegantly brief and charged with barely contained emotion. Yet Scott’s subject remains vast: the idea that the law itself does not protect the innocent, and ‘that what matters most is knowledge – of ourselves and others.’” The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating. . . . Deeply researched . . . delicately described. . . . [Scott] braids her different characters’ timelines together with sophistication, her storytelling harmoniously well-constructed.” The Guardian

“[An] intense debut. . . Exhilarating. . . Byzantine subplots, distinctive characters, and atmospheric settings will leave readers spellbound.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Scott deftly spins a web through modern day Tokyo in this captivating [novel].” Newsweek Must-Read Fiction for Spring

“Too good to ignore.” Bustle

“Dark, addictive and eye-opening, this is a brilliant debut.” Stylist

“An exquisitely crafted masterpiece you’ll be pressing into the hands of others.” Woman and Home

“Totally transporting, with oodles of haunting atmosphere and an original, page-turning plot. Set in Japan, it’s the story of trainee lawyer Sumiko and her quest to understand the murder of her mother; it’s also a riveting insight into the world of Japanese professional marriage ‘breaker-uppers’.” Daily Mail

Scott delivers a delicately nuanced account of a complex tragedy rooted in the clash between illicit desire and the obligations of duty.” —Declan Burke, Irish Times

“This debut is a triumph! It’s a beautifully paced, spellbinding love story which brilliantly depicts Japan and its people.” Irish Examiner

“One of the most distinctive debuts I’ve read this year…Propulsive and psychologically astute, Scott has written an unforgettable story about the limits of love.” Book Riot

“Written in sensuous prose [and] rich in detail, this novel continues to haunt me.” —Clare Chambers for Foyles’ Favourite Books of 2020

“I loved it. Gripping, heartbreaking, immersive. I read it with my heart in my throat.” —Sara Collins, bestselling author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton

“Remember that new-discovery, time-stopping, every-moment-is-magical kind of love? That’s what it felt like to read this novel. Then limerence turns to passion which leads to tragedy and suddenly this book is impossible to put down as you speed toward a conclusion that is as surprising as it is satisfying.” —Jamie Ford, bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“At once luminous and captivating, What’s Left of Me is Yours is the best kind of fiction: it tells a truth. All the easy lies about love fall away, as Stephanie Scott explores its often bitter, twisting, aching core. This is a brilliant, haunting book.” —Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder and The Butterfly Girl

“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 bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is

“A fascinating true crime story is here alchemised into a sensitive, elegiac, heartfelt and passionately controlled novel.” —Adam Foulds, Booker Prize shortlisted author of The Quickening Maze

“This novel is a masterpiece. In What’s Left Of Me Is Yours, Scott has delivered a breathtakingly original and haunting concept in the most exquisite prose. I never wanted it to end.” —Lesley Kara, bestselling author of The Rumor

“Exquisitely written and beautifully told, What’s Left of Me Is Yours is a sensory journey to Japan and the darkest places of the heart. This is a story of the enduring bond between mothers and daughters, and the thin line that separates love and obsession.” —Karen White, bestselling author of All the Ways We Said Goodbye

“I was deeply moved by What’s Left of Me Is Yours. . . . Scott is a gifted writer, capturing with precision the small details of everyday life and what they mean to the soul.” —Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and The Red Lotus

“Beautiful. I loved it!” —Lisa See, bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women

“Stephanie Scott’s debut novel is poignant, brave, and compelling; it will stay with me for a very long time.” —Clarissa Goenawan, author of Rainbirds

“A gripping legal thriller that digs deep into the complications of human emotion. A daughter’s quest for truth probes the delicate intersection of trust and betrayal, passion and loyalty, justice and compassion.” —Lynn Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love

“A brilliant debut.” —Louise Doughty, author of Platform Seven and Apple Tree Yard

“Stephanie Scott has achieved that rare thing in her debut – a literary love story that reads like an assured thriller. Compelling, moving and intense, What’s Left of Me is Yours reminds us that love is never without its dark side, families are never without secrets, and the deepest loss contains a seed of hope – if it can be found.” —Stella Duffy

“With painterly care, Stephanie Scott shows us a tempestuous side of Japan unfamiliar to most. What’s Left of Me is Yours is a virtuoso’s debut.” —Jing-Jing Lee, author of How We Disappeared

“A beautiful, beautiful book that defies genre – and my words… This is truly an epic, meticulously and lovingly researched, with such exquisite description and detail that I read the same lines over, many times…I will not forget this book for a long time.” —Louise Beech, bestselling author of How to be Brave

“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, bestselling author of Dying Young and Daniel Isn’t Talking

What’s Left Of Me is Yours is a formidably accomplished debut that offers a glimpse into the dark and intriguing world of the Japanese marriage breakup industry. Using multiple perspectives Scott deftly creates an impressionistic narrative in a process of slow revelation. A young lawyer seeks the truth about her mother’s death and as fragments of the past emerge, through photographs and legal statements, she begins to understand the elusive nature of truth and the proximity of love and death. Part Bildungsroman, part detective story this is a deeply moving and beautifully written novel. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.” —EC Fremantle, author of The Poison Bed

“A gripping, beautiful, heart-breaking debut. Stephanie Scott stuns with her considerable talent in this Tokyo-set story of a young woman who dissects another’s life—that of her murdered mother—in order to find the truth about her own past.” —Abigail Tarttelin, author of Dead Girls

“A powerful, ambitious and stunning debut. This is an extraordinary, humane and shattering story of the lies we tell to protect ourselves and others. Scott’s incredible novel brims with psychological complexity, forensic research and characters shaped by unimaginable loss.” —Jackie Copelton, author of A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

“A strange, moving and disturbing story, beautifully written. Japan’s high-rise cityscapes and remote rural towns come alive through Stephanie Scott’s elegant prose.” —Emily Midorikawa, co-author of A Secret Sisterhood

“Sensuous and unsettling, Scott’s prose will stay with you long after the final page has been turned. Although at times a shatteringly brutal story, Scott carries the reader with great skill towards a surprisingly redemptive ending. Storytelling at its best.” —Guinevere Glasfurd, Costa Prize shortlisted author of The Words in My Hand

What’s Left of Me is Yours is part love story, part crime novel, exploring both romantic and family relationships as it charts a young woman’s search for the truth about her mother’s life and death. Set against a stylishly evoked backdrop of both past and present Japan, this is a beautifully written and meticulously researched novel. The illicit love story at the heart of this book is complex and unusual, but told with such insight that the deep, intense passion the couple experience almost rises from the page. A novel that is sure to stand out from the crowd.” —Susan Elliot Wright, bestselling author of The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood

“A stunning debut: tragically beautiful, sensuous and haunting. Wow, just wow.” —Fiona Mitchell, author of The Maid’s Room

“This novel is an exquisite legal thriller for the big screen; a pre-digital montage of newspaper cuttings, photographs, VHS recordings, official reports, letters and forms. Stephanie Scott excavates family and food, love and death with forensic skill. It’s an emotional rollercoaster you won’t want to exit, even after the very last page. Phenomenal!” —Patience Agbabi, Canterbury Poet Laureate, author of Telling Tales and The Infinite