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All That Was Lost

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In 1967 Patience Bickersleigh is a teenager who discovers a talent for telling people what they want to hear. Fifty years later she is Patrice Leigh, a nationally celebrated medium. But cracks are forming in the carefully constructed barriers that keep her real history at bay.
Leo is the journalist hired to write Patrice's biography. Struggling to reconcile the demands of h
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Legend Press (first published September 6th 2018)
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Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got pulled into this story right at the beginning.

There are three main characters.
Patrice who is a medium, a well known long standing celebrated medium.

She holds “shows” where an audience of people come to. Ones wanting to talk to their deceased loved ones for all kinds of reasons. To say goodbye because they’re life was taken so quickly, to ask if they are OK, to settle differences and even someone in the audience who wanted to know if her Pekingese dog of 16 years together was OK. For each
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I love when you read a description and you are cynical whether it’s the book for you, then you start the story and you are blown away and completely in its spell!!!

Patrice is a well known medium who hosts evenings where people pay for her to speak to their deceased relatives.

Leo has been commissioned to write her book but she is reluctant to talk about her past and Leo has a secret of his own.

Louise has recently lost her son Kyle and is not coping, she hopes she will be able to communicate with
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love when you read a description and you are cynical whether it’s the book for you, then you start the story and you are blown away and completely in its spell!!!

Patrice is a well known medium who hosts evenings where people pay for her to speak to their deceased relatives.

Leo has been commissioned to write her book but she is reluctant to talk about her past and Leo has a secret of his own.

Louise has recently lost her son Kyle and is not coping, she hopes she will be able to communicate with
Liz Fenwick

A beautiful and compelling story that delves into what is real, what we are willing to believe and the power of grief.
Paula Sealey
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A compelling read with beautifully drawn characters that pull you into the story. I enjoyed it from the first page to the last.

The book revolves around three central characters. Patrice, the celebrated medium coming to the end of her career, Leo, the man Patrice has hired to write her biography and bereaved Louise who has lost her son. There are secrets aplenty as the characters stories are revealed and their lives intertwine as they struggle to deal with their situations. An absorbing and highl
Julie Cohen
A resonant, emotional story about grief, loss and love with a complex, tragic heroine—a fake psychic reaching the end of her career. Although it's about death, this story is never depressing, and ultimately it's about recovery and healing. ...more
Claire Wilson
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All that was lost by Alison May is a 4 star read. Told over dual timeframes, it tells the story of psychic medium, Patrice Leigh. This story is about grief and love, with a hint of comedy. Fantastically written.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from All That Was Lost by Alison May. I suspect I was drawn to the blurb; about past secrets coming back to haunt their keepers (thinking there was a mystery to be solved).

But it was quite different to what I was expecting. Not in a bad way.... it was just a different sort of book from my usual read, which is probably a good thing.

As implied by the blurb this book unfolds in two timeframes. We meet the famous Patrice Leigh who can speak to the dead (sorry, thos
Rhoda Baxter
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All That Was Lost is an exploration of loss and grief and the lies that we have to tell ourselves to get through the days afterwards. There is a running theme of untruths - Patience learns to lie and slowly discovers about the lies that keep wheels turning in her family, Patrice's whole life is a lie, Leo lies in tiny ways at first, Louise's life revolves around the untrue belief. Running alongside is the thread about loss.
The characters are vividly drawn and their grief, and in one case, menta
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrice Leigh has made her living as a celebrated medium holding 'shows' & private readings to unite grieving people with those they have lost. As she gets older she begins to struggle. It is decided she will publish her biography. Leo is to write it, but he has other motives for wanting to. His son was involved in an avalanche in new Zealand years ago & his body was never found.

The story switches timelines going back to show how shy Patience Bickersleigh became Patrice Leigh. I liked Patience a
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
I thought that this was going to be some sort of crime / thriller novel but if wasn't. I don't know how to categorise it really. It was just a story being told without any underlying purpose.

I can't say that I loved or hated Patrice, Leo or Louise. I read their stories but I wasn't overly engaged by any one during the novel. Narratively they all sounded quite similar and dealt with similar themes. My interest was in Patience and her story because there was a clear development of her character be
Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
3.5 stars. I’m not sure what but something just seemed to be missing for me. While I enjoyed the story, I seesawed between feeling for each character and despising them. My heart broke for each one of them in one chapter and in the next I wanted to smack them for their lies. While I felt for Patrice and her hard childhood, I just think of the people I know that are desperate for any glimpse of their lost loved ones and I get furious that she was lying to everyone. In the same breath though-I won ...more
Amy Buckle / Amy's Bookshelf
This novel centres on Patience Bickersleigh, a medium who wants to use her gift to help people cope with their grief and make a connection with their deceased loved ones one last time. She has a hidden past, full of secrets she wants to keep hidden and ghosts that haunt her. Now, fifty years later, and called Patrice Leigh, she is determined to finish her life with the past firmly behind her. Enter Leo, a man who is struggling with his own personal life, and the disappearance of his son, who is ...more
Claire Huston
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love hurts. A moving story of love and loss. 4/5.

This review was originally posted on my book blog.

As you’ll have seen from the blurb, the central character in All That Was Lost is a medium. This made me slightly worried going in as I have serious issues with anyone who exploits the grief of others to make money. That Alison May manages to make Patrice sympathetic is a real achievement, one made mostly through some well-timed flashbacks to her youth in the 1960s.

The 60s storyline is interwoven w
Linda Hill
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Celebrity medium Patrice finds she can’t see everything that might be about to happen in her life.

I am used to the concept of Alison May as a romantic novelist so I wasn’t sure what to expect from All That Was Lost, but it is a triumph. What Alison May has produced is an intimate and affecting study of loss, grief and identity that is just wonderful.

As the cast list is quite narrow, having a focus mainly on Patrice, with Leo and Louise to a lesser extent, there’s a real sense of understanding an
J_Mc 251
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting and unique book. The plot is simple enough, a well-known psychic hires a ghostwriter to help with her memoir/autobiography, but there is actually SO much more that happens from this pairing. This is a fascinating, at times heart-wrenching, look at secrets, the cost of keeping them hidden, and whether hiding them requires lies. While that may sound overwrought, the author addresses these issues thoughtfully and organically. She uses flashbacks to 1967 as a way of developing on ...more
Debi Lantzer Stout
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
There are three main characters to All That Was Lost by Alison May: The first is Patrice Leigh who is a well-known, longstanding and celebrated medium.  Then there's Leo, who has been commissioned to write Patrice's biography.  The third is Louise whose son Kyle killed in a stabbing and she is desperate to contact him..  

As implied by the book's synopsis, the story of All That Was Lost unfolds in two time frames. As readers turn the pages, they will discover why Patrice has been lying all her li
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not at all what I was expecting. This book is complex and dark in places and a far cry from being an edgy romantic comedy. I loved the dual threads but especially Patience's story. The book deals with loss and grief and although it isn't depressing as such, it is very touching as we, the reader, watch Patience, or Patrice as she reinvented herself, try to recall the web of lies that she has woven for herself. This thread is echoed by interviewer Leo, also grieving loss of his own, who little by ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book "All That Was Lost" from NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own.
I thought this was a really interesting and different book. Just what would you believe if you were dealing with grief? Would you believe that your dead loved one was there in the room? Sending you messages? That you could talk to them? We believe what we must to get through the pain we feel. Patience was going through her own type of grieving and regrets on the choices she made in her life. The book g
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's interesting to see how life was for girls in the sixties. As a child in the seventies, things were already starting to change, but I can still remember hearing about similar stories and I wonder how they eventually turned out. It's an interesting read, with lots of loose ends that are never really tied up, such as Leo's son and Louise's predicament, so I'd have been interested in seeing how all the details panned out.

full review on my blog : https://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspo...
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-and-last, okay
Two stars seems a bit mean because at least the author is articulate so I’ve given it three but I felt it was somehow lacking. I didn’t develop much of a connection to any of the characters and I cannot for the life of me understand why words like “thrill” or “intriguing” have been used in the promotional blurb. Although reasonably well written the entire story is utterly predictable so the failure to generate a relationship between reader and cast leaves it feeling rather flat, something which ...more
All That Was Lost by Alison May is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late August.

Louise is persistently trying to track down a medium named Patricia to learn about the afterlife existence of her son, Kyle, while Patrice's biographer Leo indirectly is trying to learn about his son, Olly. There's an all-around searching for identity, connection, understanding through highly emotive coocurring threads of perspective, but there's way too many supporting players to keep separate.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!

Not at all what i expected but who cares? The characters are written in a way that you feel you know them because they're real human brings with faults, dreams, hopes and secrets.. A thoroughly good read, with a genuine page turning need to see what the truth really is
Olivia Rose
Apr 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
I honestly thought this book was shit. I hated Patrice and thought that she was just using people for money which is disgusting, I didn't really care about her "tragic past". Honestly this book was just a waste of time. ...more
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. Some interesting ideas about the roles we play.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrice Leigh also once known as Patience, had lived her life touching and helping people needing to "hear” and to "know" their loved ones were "OK". She had a Gift.
Yet, her own life was one of regrets and sadness. As time goes on, these memories resurface. Secrets from years ago begin to interfere with what was once well hidden. The walls begin to crumble.
A wonderfully written heartfelt novel that kept me engaged.
It displayed heartache from those who had lost their loved ones and the desperate
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Whether we believe or not, it’s impossible not to be fascinated by the world of psychics – and this book captures perfectly the experience of attending a “psychic show”, the audience all there for different reasons, the hope that your loved one will pass on a message, the faint possibility of communication beyond the grave. Patrice tells people what they want to hear, but not with the help of a spirit guide and a natural ability – it has rather more to do with preparation and research, coupled w ...more
Amanda Engram
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was a book you had to keep reading, got better as I kept reading
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story made me cry numerous times. Leo, Patrice Leah/Patience, Marnie & Louise. I fell for each & every one of them.

Leo is contracted to write the biography of Patrice Leigh, a woman who claims she can talk to the dead, each & every night, in a big venue with lots of “believers” who desperately want to talk to their loved ones , human & otherwise, who have passed on. She will also do phone & personal appointments as well, for a price, and only after lots of research. Leo also believes that
Cheryl Bellingham
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy read you go back to patience’s early life with her family and slowly throughout the book learn how she became the woman Patrice. Patrice supposedly has the power to contact the dead and give people news of there loved ones on the other side but time is slipping by and Patience is waiting in the wings. I was really on the journey with the author but was left wanting more. There are some things which I felt were never concluded so there is a question mark.
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