A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage. Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home....
The more questions Hannah asks, the fewer answers she finds. But are the secrets that Mark has been keeping designed to protect him or protect her? And can you ever really know what happened before you met?
©2014 Lucie Whitehouse (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
'A fiendishly spun tissue of lies and charm eventually gives way to a bloody showdown' INDEPENDENT
'A creepily effective thriller, Whitehouse... marshals her creations to an enjoyably nail-biting, spine-tingling denouement' OBSERVER
Well worth reading
I would compare this book to Before I Go To Sleep, which was also recommended by the ITV Crime Thriller Awards
Polly reads well, however I personally found some of the pauses too long, otherwise I would have given a five star.
How well can you ever know people?
I would have given the book a five star rating if the beginning was written at a faster pace. For me the book was slow starting but it turned into a great plot
I am a fiction fan. My tastes are varied but I like thrillers esp. psychological & I also like Jilly Cooper who writes animals fabulously :)
'Before We Met' is a surprisingly gripping story. It starts off relatively light and unassuming, however like a loose thread on a sweater, one little tug and everything starts unravelling.
I liked the main character, Hannah, and found her quite believable and I bought into the majority of her actions and choices. However, towards the end of the novel it did have to suspend my belief in order to fully commit to the story.
There's not much I can say plot wise as I am bound to reveal a spoiler. Yet I will say it is an addictive story (I listened to it over three days, going back to the story when ever I had a free moment), the pace is well judged and I loved the narration.
Fans of Louise Douglas, Julia Crouch, Claire Seeber and Hannah Richell will enjoy this novel.
I have to say that it's not as twisted or edgy as 'Gone Girl' which is the Queen of the new "Marriage Thriller" genre, but it's still a great listen and I would definitely consider other titles by this author.
It was quite an intriguing book, but I kind of guessed about half way through what the twist at the end was going to be so it didn't really come as a surprise. There was really too much time spent on description. I do like some description but there was often an overload. At one point I think it took about 10 minutes to describe someones house, what they were wearing, what the baby had on, what was being cooked etc.... Also a vast overuse of the exclamation 'WHAT??!!' it got really irritating!! Overall though it was a good read and I would recommend it.
She was a good narrator but the 'strong Liverpool accent' of the policeman???? I think the Liverpudlian policeman must have lived most of his life in Birmingham!! The narrator also mispronounced some words like plaid, and Formica (she pronounced them 'played' and 'formeeka'!) There were a couple of other sentences where she seemed to put the 'comma' in the wrong place - unforgivable for a professional narrator!
The story was quite good with a few twists throughout but I really struggled with the narrators voice. I was ready to give up a few times but I'm too tight to waste the credit!! Sorry if you're reading this Polly...
It is good at times. I liked the disappearance of the husband - loved that bit. It has some quite laboured descriptions in it though.....'the hotel looked as if there'd been a tornado in Miami, swept up everything and deposited it in the lobby? something like that....
The missing husband part at the beginning
Someone who knows what a 'stong Liverpudlian accent' sounds like!!! 'Hers was Brummie... Oh please! Her pronunciation was poor at times - she prounounced 'plaid' as 'played'...
Yes definitely. Mark could be played by Clive Owen. And Nick ....hmmm....someone who's a bit of a villain...leave that with me...!
Mum of three. Lover of mysteries and thrillers, shoes, genealogy and walking.
Sense of mystery and the unknown. Great characters, strong storyline.
First book I have listened to.
If you are struggling with the story, do persevere. It gets better. The story is a page turner, and I couldn't wait to find out what was behind all if the mysteries in Mark and Hannah's story. A good domestic thriller, not great but good nonetheless.
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