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The Woman He Loved Before | [Dorothy Koomson]

The Woman He Loved Before

Libby has a nice life with a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more 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.
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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

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    Clare Halifax, Yorkshire, United Kingdom 27/03/2011
    Clare Halifax, Yorkshire, United Kingdom 27/03/2011
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    "Expect the unexpected."

    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.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    julie sydenham, United Kingdom 13/05/2011
    julie sydenham, United Kingdom 13/05/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "fantastic fantastic brilliant fantastic"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Thatcham, United Kingdom 08/05/2011
    Louise Thatcham, United Kingdom 08/05/2011
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    "So good"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A.G.Raynor-Krill Lincoln, United Kingdom 08/01/2013
    A.G.Raynor-Krill Lincoln, United Kingdom 08/01/2013 Member Since 2012

    Garth - past-life Murmillo

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    "unputdownable!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MsRanPan 28/12/2012
    MsRanPan 28/12/2012 Member Since 2011

    I really enjoy reading but don't have the time so audible is a perfect solution, listen while doing boring tasks.

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    "Read it, you'll love it"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Banstead, United Kingdom 22/09/2014
    Heidi Banstead, United Kingdom 22/09/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "An interesting story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. The story has enough twists and turns to keep you listening and wondering what will happen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Libby, she had a strength to her underneath her vulnerability.


    What about Adjoa Andoh’s performance did you like?

    She is so clever to produce different accents and subtly different voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked a daily dose.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book and probably got more out of it on audible than I would if I had read the story myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. S. Mccarra Scotland 16/02/2014
    Mrs. S. Mccarra Scotland 16/02/2014 Member Since 2010
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    "Such an insightful thriller"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NellMcMH Somerset, UK 14/01/2014
    NellMcMH Somerset, UK 14/01/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "My first Koomson, but not my last..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman He Loved Before the most enjoyable?

    The author and narrator were such a perfect fit, I was swept up in the story from the first minutes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting characters, intriguing storylines, appealing female protagonists, twists and turns - just about all areas covered in a book I couldn't stop listening to.


    Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favourite?

    Too hard to choose between Libby and Eve...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sg United Kingdom 09/01/2014
    sg United Kingdom 09/01/2014 Member Since 2009

    I suffer from MS which can make eyesight dodgy sometimes, so audio books are perfect for me

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    "Excellant listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would certainly recommend this book to all my female friends - I usually choose thriller type books, but this one has surprised and thoroughly entertained me. Great story very well narrated, exciting and touching, but not at all soppy!


    What other book might you compare The Woman He Loved Before to, and why?

    I listened to the Ice Cream Girls before, also enjoyable, better than the tv adaptation, but not as good as the above.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Thrilling modern day tale of life, love and the depths some have to sink to.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Newbridge, Ireland 30/12/2013
    Laura Newbridge, Ireland 30/12/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "Look before you leap"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent but cautionary tale about "look before you leap" when considering a marital proposal. Suspenseful and enjoyable.


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