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!
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
Clever, excellent, depressing!
Eve, she was so well drawn. I felt I knew her and wanted to save her.
This is the second book I have listened too narrated by Adjoa. She is a bit if a genious. Her range of tones and ability with a wide variety of accents is the best I've heard.
No, but it moved me and made me feel very sad for the women who really go through the experiences depicted. It was so cleverly written that it drew the listener deeply into the world of the characters - aided of course by the excellent narration.
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.
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!
The Woman He Loved Before is a story about an ordinary girl whose life takes an extraordinary turn. It is about a woman literally haunted by her partner's first wife.
Apple Tree Yard, by Louise Doughty. Both are about the rapture and rupture of relationships.
This author/narrator match is one made in heaven. Ms Andoh is brilliant at articulating Ms Koomson's characters.
Yes I would. The story has enough twists and turns to keep you listening and wondering what will happen.
Libby, she had a strength to her underneath her vulnerability.
She is so clever to produce different accents and subtly different voices.
No, I liked a daily dose.
I recommend this book and probably got more out of it on audible than I would if I had read the story myself.
It starts as a romance and develops into a thriller carrying you along so fast that you find chores to do just so that you can keep listening. Dorothy Koomson seems to get into the very soul of her characters. You live the highs and the lows with the characters until there is nothing but lows, some of which are seriously harrowing. The story of desperation leaves you wondering if you would be so strong as for every good time there seems to be the let down deeper into the mire of hidden suffering each time.
Adjoa Andoh is one of the narrators that I will look for as I cannot be sure if I would have enjoyed the story had I read it myself. She pitches it just right getting the tone of the character she is reading to pitch out the emotion adding a layer that you would not get from the words alone.
This is my second audio book of this pairing - I'll be looking for more.
The author and narrator were such a perfect fit, I was swept up in the story from the first minutes.
Interesting characters, intriguing storylines, appealing female protagonists, twists and turns - just about all areas covered in a book I couldn't stop listening to.
Too hard to choose between Libby and Eve...
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