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All That's Left of Me

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  434 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews

From the author of What Remains True comes an emotionally captivating novel about a woman who wishes away her troubles but doesn’t anticipate the cost.

I wish…

It starts with a simple wish, and Emma Davies hardly notices when it comes true. She’s too preoccupied with a life she isn’t happy in—the spark in her marriage has fizzled, her career is headed nowhere and her bos

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Published June 12th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Sherri Thacker
All That’s Left By Me by Janis Thomas is my first book by this author. Shortly after the book starts, there’s a very descriptive scene between Emma and her boss who tries to be sexual with her right at the office. Do i want to read that? NO! I skimmed several pages as I just didn’t care for that scene at all. As I was skimming, I decided enough was enough and DNF at 25%. I have too many other great books waiting to be read. I was given this book through the publisher and NetGalley for an honest ...more
Jenea Whittington
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
All That’s Left of Me had such an intriguing concept. Having your wishes come true, sounds great right? Sadly, this was a little bit of a miss for me. But, lets get on with what exactly it’s about.

Emma Davis goes into a antique shop and find a beautiful lioness pendant and falls in love with it. Little did she know that the woman who sold her the pendant knew what it could do. The wishes you say out loud, come true. And with some pretty serious consequences. Her husband is distant, her daughter
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Butterfly Effect (which was one of the most haunting movies I've ever seen) meets Click in this fast-paced and thought-provoking story that pushes the old adage "Be careful what you wish for."

Who hasn't wanted to wish for something to go better in their lives at one time or another? When Emma Davies makes her first wish and finds out that it came true, she starts to test out her luck by making even more wishes. However, each one changes her life in ways she could have never expected, and som
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Two star to celebrate that I finished this book at star for the beautiful depiction of Josh, the fifteen-year-old son with cerebral palsy. I almost put this book down when a sexual assault began in chapter four or five. I almost put this book down when there was another BRUTAL scene of a sexual assault a few chapters later. I skipped so much of it, and it still disgustedly affected me. I am not a sensitive reader, but that graphic of a scene seemed unnecessary. So if you do ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very twisty! there is no way I can describe the way the book went. You had to be very clever to pull this off and Janis Thomas does it very well. I wouldn't want to read many books like this as it does havoc with your mind!

Emma Davis is dissatisfied. With her marriage, with her job and generally with everything. She also does not know and hasn't the courage to start anew with a new job or even to admonish Colin her husband who seems so laid back that anyone would give him a kick in the
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be careful what you wish for.

A wonderful story from an extremely talented author, it didn't take long for me to realise that this would be a read I'd remember. It's a beautiful, and sometimes painful, representation of a working wife and mother. The story makes you consider how imperfect our own lives and choices are and how each decision has a ripple effect in life, long after it is made. I loved this book so much I read it in a day.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to provide a review in exchange for an electronic copy of this book.

All That's Left of Me by Janis Thomas

This book starts and I thought, did I write this book? Is this book my life? This book starts with a BANG! A typical mom getting ready for work, or so we thought. The chaos of the morning routine, the battles we pick as moms. Emma is annoyed by the neighbor's dog who incessantly barks and impedes her sleep and her little to no quiet time. Murphy's Law gets her throughout her morni
Jessica | Booked J
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. Review also found here.

It took me ages to finish this book and even longer to actually commit to writing the review. Mostly, because All That's Left of Me wasn't exactly my cup of tea. Which isn't to say that it was a bad book--there was simply a bit of a disconnect when it came to my reactions to the novel itself. I found that I neithe
Paula Pugh
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really made me think about what I would honestly do if I learned that my wishes were coming true. For Emma, all her disappointments begin to crash into each other, starting with a continuously barking dog next door that mysteriously does not exist one day. This is after she wishes the neighbors never got the dog to begin with. Emma’s troubles continue: a sexual predator boss, an uncommunicative teenage daughter, an unsatisfying relationship with her husband, and the biggie-a son with c ...more
Susan Kaplan
This is a very strange book in which the reader must surrender everything he or she knows or believes about consensual reality and enter a parallel universe in which one person’s wishes can have both remarkably good and remarkably bad consequences.

While I was mesmerized by the story and the way it unfolded and Emma’s life unraveled, I found the premise ludicrous, unless the whole story was a dream or psychotic episode. If I allow myself to believe that, then this is a darn good and darn scary st
Joy (joyous reads)
Often times, this book was difficult to read but I quite enjoyed that the author didn’t pull any punches. May it be the delicacy of caring for a teenage son who has cerebral palsy, or the number of times her boss made a physical pass at her until she was assaulted, Ms. Thomas showed exactly how much Emma hated her life and every thing about it.

Our first reaction when given such power would probably be overjoyed. But Emma Davies portrayed no signs of such reaction. In fact, she was tepid and cau
Roxie Prince
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

‘All That’s Left of Me’ by Janis Thomas
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
Finished on September 15, 2018
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A simple wish changes Emma Davies’ life, but she hardly notices it. She’s too preoccupied with being unhappy in her life. She’s in a passionless marriage, trapped in her career, and has a misogynist for a boss. Not even her chi
Robin (ReadItRobi)
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If wishes came true...what would you do? Herein lies the predicament of Emma Davies, who is struggling with the way her entire life has become a to-do list. Emma first notices her new ability to wish away the distasteful parts of her life when a stray thought crosses her mind as her neighbor's dog continually barks through the night. "I wish they never got that dog." Emma is baffled when her wish comes true and no one recalls the puppy, except for her.

As the wishes pile up, Emma's life brighten
Cozy Cat Reviews
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for the ARC. My opinion is my own.

I love this book ! It is fiction with the element of fantasy. Emma is disgusted with her awful life, she has a husband that won't work and is beyond cheap, a sick disabled kid and another teen that is awful. She hates her evil boss and her neighbors got a dog that barks constantly. She works full time and does all the housework and takes care of everything her lazy husband refuses to do. She is at her breaking point in
Debi Lantzer
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is usually not my type of book to read, but the more pages I flipped, the more invested I became...... If wishes came true...what would you do?

Emma Davies lives a life very unfulfilling to her. She hates her job, her boss is a sexual predator and abusive. Her son is severely disabled, her daughter is a rebellious teenager and her husband is an unsuccessful writer, which causes Emma to have to be the family breadwinner. Her marriage is pretty much on the rocks.

Emma goes into a antique shop
Dani O'Connor
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you have to listen to Harry potter on Audible to go to sleep after finishing a book because it has left such unsettling emotions in you, it gets 5 stars from me...
The main character isn't likeable, you empathise with her but she can be irritating and you just want to scream at her but at times understand where she is coming from.
At times I found it a little tedious and sped read through similar thought processes in the characters mind but there was one particular incident where I wanted to
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~ it gripped me from the beginning and held on tight. What happens if you wishes were granted?
Yesterday she was raped, beaten and humiliated. She fell on the curb outside of her house and smashed her knee. She awoke to the silence of the neighbors previously yapping new puppy . Today there is no evidence of anything ever happening. No bruises or cuts that were evident the night before. No scraped knee. No dog next door. Emma is furious. Not with herself but with God. What has she done to deserv
Kenya Benjamin
The synopsis of the book was super intriguing and I honestly thought I would love it, but the more I read, the more aggravated I would get. Even without considering that the first big things to happened in this book were molestation and rape (and you can correct me if I'm wrong but I saw no trigger warnings? Rape seems like something that would need a trigger warning).

Emma was incredibly annoying and I feel like her thought process was shot to hell because who actually thinks like this?! She als
A.r. Donenfeld-vernoux
I won this book at a writer's meeting. The genre is not something I usually select, and was about to put it on my bookshelf when I decided to read a few pages. WOW! That was it . . . hooked! I sat down and read the whole book in a day and a half, the half because I eventually kept falling asleep no matter how hard I tried to keep my eyes open. Ms. Thomas knows how to keep the reader entranced. Her characters are plausible, and so likeable you are almost forced to connect with them. Emma is unhap ...more
janet breider
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you take away everything what's left?

Once I got to the 3rd chapter I couldn't put this book down.. for every decision, for every wish granted there is a consequence and we don't get to choose..
So cleverly written and the feelings of losing control are so vivid that I wanted to be able to go back or rather for Emma to be able to go back and change her wish.. I felt so strongly for her.. a victim of circumstance, lacking the confidence. What I loved was as the catastrophic changes happened sh
Kathleen Gray
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one where you just have to buy the premise and then you'll enjoy the story. Emma has had a string of rotten luck in her life as well as some rotten people (like her boss). Her husband Colin is well, not the most helpful person in the world, her daughter Katie is a teenager testing limits, and her son Josh has CP. And then in an odd twist, she makes a random wish that comes true. She doesn't connect what's happening at first but then.....Everything has a consequence, both good and bad and ...more
Leanna Mattea
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t usually read fantasy novels, but received this book, from Lake Union
Authors and Janis Thomas, for my honest review. I was drawn in from the first page. Emma Davies lives a very unsatisfactory life, hating her job and her abusive boss and her life in general. She has a severely disabled son, a distant rebellious teenage daughter, and a writer husband, that writes unsuccessfully, while she works as the primary breadwinner. Her marriage is pretty much on the rocks.
Somehow she discovers the
Kathy Fox
I received this book "All That's Left of Me" from Goodreads and all opinions expressed are my own.
I was interested in this book because of the concept -it sounded like it could be a good story. We often make wishes without thinking of the ramifications if the wish came true.
I liked the character of Josh but most of the characters did not move me at all. The story, as well, did not resonate.
I don't enjoy reading scenes of graphic violence so my rating went from a 3 star to 2 due to graphic sexu
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a strange story. I wouldn’t categorize it as science fiction but it almost is. Emma is the main character. She is a wife, a Mother of a teenage daughter and a younger son with cerebral palsy. Something strange happens to Emma and her wishes start coming true. This could be good or it could be bad- very bad. This family could use a break. It is a well written book but it’s so close to sci fi that I’m a little put off by it. I liked Emma and actually felt sorry for her at times but she a ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
All That's Left of Me by Janis Thomas:
Emma Davies is not enjoying her life and battles to get out of bed in the morning. She hates her boss, her teenage daughter is distant, her husband seems lazy and her son has cerebral palsy.
One day she makes a wish, not a big one and then realises that it's come true, either that or she is losing touch with reality. She soon discovers that her wishes can only be subtractions from her life and that they cannot be undone.
This is not a sweet summery read about
Cherie Kephart
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting, beautiful, and written with heart. All That's Left of Me is a captivating tale, one that is sure to have readers questioning their thoughts, choices, and most certainly what we wish for. Thomas has a gift for bringing readers deep into her story, keeping us spellbound until the final release at the end. A fast paced, character driven novel with emotion pouring out of every page. Vivid and lovely and dark and light in all the right spots. Thanks to Thomas for sharing what is inevitably ...more
Kira FlowerChild
This book can be summed up with two cliches: 1) Be careful what you wish for and 2) Appreciate what you have.

If you are a veteran reader of SF&F, you'll want to avoid this book. The author is obviously not familiar with the genre and inexperienced when it comes to writing within the genre. I could write about five more paragraphs complaining about various aspects of this novel but I won't waste my time. Some people loved it. Good for them. I didn't. I especially thought the "solution" to all
Emily Proulx
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart aches for Emma. To have so much despair in her life, to mourn for what could have been, and then get the chance to set it right ... such power and grief and joy and heartbreak. Emma has so much pressure placed upon her, mostly by herself. She feels helpless and lost, and has tragic events happen (her son born with a lifelong disability and needing steady care, her boss being the worst human, her daughter and husband getting lost in the shuffle). There are raw moments in here, many that ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the mom of a teenage son with CP, this book brought me to tears. I have often asked myself, if I could wish away my son's pain and disabilities, would i? Would it fundamentally change who he is? And would it change who I am? This story truly moved me and made me take a deeper look at my life and my satisfaction with my life. Thank you for the deep thoughts and emotions. This was not a comfortable book for a light read, but it is a book that can change your perspective.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book "All That's Left of Me" from goodreads and all opinions expressed are my own. I liked the concept of the book and it was a good story. I'm sure everyone has said... I wish blah blah and of course it didn't come true or maybe it did but it wasn't because of your wish. I know I have said "I wish" a million times. I liked the characters in the story also. I didn't like the graphic sex stuff though and so I have to take away stars for that.
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