PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME HERE is a Melbourne based Australian crime novel that goes beyond the confines of traditional crime fiction.
Author Tania Chandler has crafted a moving tale of two distinct plot threads which ultimately converge to form a singular, broad spanning plot that at once paints a startlingly different picture of lead character Bridget from what readers are introduced to in the first half of the novel while also providing context to the murder mystery that envelops her throughout the present day passages as past events unfold.
PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME HERE has the feeling of reading two books at once, such is the differentiation from present day Bridget as mother, wife to a cop husband, and homemaker to the more risque young, impressionable woman who uses the nightlife and her good looks to get by. It's a clever yin and yang effect that links a violent mystery to an unassuming character without compromising plausibility.
Another element I particularly enjoyed was the use of dreams to break-up the narrative, a theme that was maintained throughout both past and present story-lines. It was interesting to see the relevance of these strange dreams come to fruition as the novel progressed; Bridget is a complicated character perfectly written by Chandler.
PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME HERE is a highly enjoyable read that gives readers a multidimensional look at the lead character through two quite different aspects of life.