Libby has a nice life with a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But over time she is becoming unsure if Jack has ever loved her - and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife.
When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. Eventually Libby stumbles across some startling truths about Eve, and is soon unearthing more and more devastating family secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved. . .Tense and moving, The Woman He Loved Before explores if the love you want is always the love you need - or deserve.
©2011 Dorothy Koomson (P)2011 Hachette Digital
Wasn't expecting such a spine chilling listen. As Libby, the second wife found and read the diaries of Eve the dead first wife I thought I could guess where this story was going...how wrong I was, much to my delight! The narration was brilliant, the delivery added to experience, I am sure had I been eye reading I would have given excited animated voices which would have been very wrong.The ending, again not the expected gave me great satisfaction, a quiet justice. I recommend this listen to everyone, didn't even come close to guessing.
This story started gently, but, a la Ms Koomson style, you really really will not be disappointed-trust me-you won't need to wait long for the tension to start!
I loved Eve so much and think she was such a strong character.
I could not pull my ear plugs out-the house has never been cleaner, and the garden no tidier...
The narrator was perfect for this stort-which was not long enough.
Well done Dorothy Koomson
I loved this book. The narrator was excellent - her expressions and the accents and voices she used added so much to an already addictive story. The two main female characters were very likeable and the story moved at a fast pace with no let up. I didn't want to stop listening and was sorry when it was over. Thought provoking, sweet and sinister all in one book!
Garth - past-life Murmillo
Well I was expecting just a gentle romance story - but this book is much better than that. The characters were so real and the things that happened to them. The narration superb - she really brought everyone to life, especially Eve. As the story moves on so does the tension. A few twists in the story towards the end. I really didn't want to stop listening to this one and forever had my earplugs in, I even fell asleep listening. If I had read it in book form I would describe it as unputdownable!
I really enjoy reading but don't have the time so audible is a perfect solution, listen while doing boring tasks.
I don't tend to read love/rom-com stories (which i thought this may be) but there was something about this and I'm so glad I gave it a go. It's very well written, it builds up incredibly well and there's some side plot without distracting from the main story. I love how she layers the characters and story up. I did not want to sleep as I was so desperate to hear what happened next. Eve is an incredible character, strong and believable. It's a very human story, I know it could all happen but is still shocking to have the details held up for you to examine.
I did find the speed and intensity of the male character falling in love with the female character a little unrealistic.
I enjoyed the part describing the characters life as a call girl.
Yes, pretty good narration and pace
Yup, def worth a listen.
The narration and wording of the main character's brother was fabulous , his cheeky chapiness really came through, such a delight!
Let me start by saying that I don't like or read romance, chicklit or the type of books aimed at the female market and I avoided Dorothy Koomson for a long time because I thought her books were on that side of the fence (they aren't). That changed with the Ice Cream Girls I'd missed it in on TV was audibook shopping and thought I'd take a punt and am so glad I did :)
With The Woman He Loved Before I've read or listened and enjoyed all of Dorothy Koomson's books. The quality of story, characters etc is consistent in every book. I like her style of writing which tells the story from different perspectives. The twists and turns in the story are refreshing in oh so many books they are either predictable, unrealistic or foced with a scrabble to tie things up before the end and I'm left wondering why something that seemed an important part back in Chapter 10 is ignored and not resolved - not so with Ms Koomson's books she pays attention to the detail and nothing is ever quite what you think her story flows as a result.
Adjoa Andoh has a beautiful voice not only easy on the ear but pleasing to the ear. Her narration... like the book... just flows. She tops my list as my favourite female narrator and is absolutely the perfect voice for Ms Koomson's books.
When I started this book I certainly did not expect what happened! Again the narrator is excellent and very easy to listen too. It had lots of twists and turns and I could not believe what happened! I had just finished listening to the rose petal beach by Dorothy koomson and it was even darker than that! The only niggle I would have is that I found the last two hours quite long, I think I was just desperate for a conclusion!
Well worth a read!
If you are a book lover who thrives on and loves tension, this is up your street.
Very good story. It meshes several strands together in a skillfull but agonising way.
First i must say that the writing is superb. the imagery and word craft and all teh emotions they suggest really world class. the ending is also quite satisfactory which i was dreading would not be as i was listening, but it is.
Story of first wife is harrowing in its sadness and this is what i found hard to cope with. But this is just me. I know that i will enjoy the book much more now that the suspense and unrelenting teasing of the story are a thing of the past. I look forward to just listening and enjoying the weave if the story.
This was my first Dorothy Koomson book and I will definitely look up more of them. I really enjoyed the story and found myself exclaiming out loud as the story unfolded. The characters were very likeable and the story well told.
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