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The Woman I Was Before

Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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What if the perfect life you envy was rotten to the core?  

Three brand-new friends. Three very different families. Way too many secrets.  

Gisela, Sally and Kate become close when they move into the same new housing estate. But behind their shiny front doors, each has something to hide.  

Gisela’s Facebook profile is plastered with photos of her high-achieving son - #soproud; her teenage daughter - #bestfriends; and her gorgeous husband - #lovemyhubs. She’s the envy of everyone she knows, but how long can she keep covering up the truth?  

Sally is married to her soul mate - or so the champagne glasses glinting in front of another tropical sunset seem to suggest. But what will it take for her friends to realise the life she claims to adore is breaking her heart?  

Kate is a single mum. She uses Facebook to keep an eye on her teenage daughter but claims her own life is too boring to post anything herself. But maybe Kate wants to sit below the radar because she doesn’t want anyone to look too closely and start asking questions about her past....

Three lives collide in this gripping story about friendship, motherhood and marriage and the façade of perfection people present to the world.

©2018 Kerry Fisher (P)2019 Audible, Ltd
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  • DD
  • 24-05-19

Beautiful - Kerry, thank you so much

I loved this book. Thank you.
I read somewhere that you should listen to an audible book just when you were cleaning the house, to pair a nice experience with the mundane experience , the mundane being cleaning ”OBS” as Giselle would say. But alas, there wasn’t much cleaning done, ( tidied my room though before I knew it though)
I have loved this read, I do not do Facebook or anything really, if I had friends I might like Isabella ( I want to give her her beautiful name ) But have always thought it might be a chore and Now I fully understand why. Its like a constant spin doctor that u need to feed in order to feel u fit in. Its amazing , a total change from “ don’t air your dirty laundry” to “ tell everyone the facts based in very thin truths, “ . Kerry , you have put in a book what I have thought but failed to really grasp the truth of. Very well written with characters I know so well. Brilliant, used up my audible credit in one go - I meant to make it last but could not help myself. I suffer from mental illness ( like Kate I’ll speak on social media for first time NOW and distraction from my own mind is always prescribed)
Kerry ,thank you for 46 hours of me - happy out - listening to a story well told xxX

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Another beauty from Kerry Fisher

I’ve read/listened to all of Kerry’s books and they never disappoint. What I love most about her writing is the realistic nature of the storylines and the characters are always so likeable. This is another fantastic novel and wonderfully narrated.

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Great read

Really gripping book could not stop listening. Love this author.
The narrator was amazing.
Thank you

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Disappointing

Lacking in substance and anything remotely interesting enough to keep the listener/reader entertained . I did finish it because I don’t like leaving a book unfinished but I would not recommend it at all in fact I’ll probably return it .

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Perfect contemporary novel

I really enjoyed this book. Full of clever insights into our current life and the disparity between what we post on Facebook and what is actually going on. Beautifully written and narrated and engaging from start to finish!

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Not For Me...

It might have been funny if it were better narrated, but as it is I found this book dreary and the women who constantly post fake versions of their lives on FB extremely irritating. They're like chavvy teenagers for goodness sake. In fact, I've had three teenagers of my own, my daughter being only just out of teenage-hood, and none of them has ever felt the need to behave that way. Such a cliche, no one wants to see what you eat and if you're unhappy, why bother posting lies? And what's with the hashtagging on FB? I'm sending it back because it made me cross, can you tell...?

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Couldn’t stop listening

Great book, highly recommend book. Really interesting set of characters. Also the narrator was excellent.

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Brilliant!

Fantastic book. I knew before the end of the first chapter I was going to enjoy this. Loved the way each chapter was from a different person’s perspective, introducing each character and seeing how their lives intertwined. I felt Kate’s pain, Grisella’s excitement and later anxiety, Sally’s hurt and loved how their stories all came together. I never wanted it to end!

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  • MK
  • 16-05-19

Good listen

I would recommend this book very heart warming.

I like Kerry fisher books and the narrator and they did not disappoint.

Very current and relatable.

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Fabulous Read

I’m not sure why I chose this book, perhaps the title I guess as woman we change during our lives before kids, after marriage, before moving, after kids leave home etc etc
This was a very thought provoking booking it moved me to tears but had really positive and believable story lines with good outcomes. I’d certainly recommend it to my friends and other readers in our woman’s club so thank you for what you do

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  • Theleyliner
  • 12-06-19

slow

just too slow for me. could have been a good story and book. but too 20 chapter for anything to happen . by the end I was just disappointed.

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  • Latin Bunny
  • 16-05-19

another great book

I love her books. They always have ineresting dynamics of how women I react with one another. somehow we all feel that others' lives are so much better and reality is, we all have good days, bad days, difficult times, and our own struggles. I hope this book helps women feel better about their own lives.

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  • TB
  • 11-05-19

#great book

Great book! I found it to be a great reminder that no one is perfect and that we should be wary when using social media as a means of comparison. It’s really just an online photo book of all the perfect moments in an imperfect life.

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  • Wendy
  • 11-05-19

Excellent book

A story about friendship and social media. I have read all of this author,s books and thoroughly enjoyed every one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-19

The things women share as parents, friends, lovers, wives and individuals.

I would recommend this book to women, especially, who have some life experiences that they've shared because most experiences - good or bad - can only be processed when filtered through the love of a friend?

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  • Marsha
  • 26-05-19

Nice story.

The characters are believable and seem to just be letting us peek into their everyday lives. A few parts move a little slow, but in life we don't always get know everything right away either. This book covers a lot of topics and challenges you to think about what you might do in a similar situation. Ending the book is like saying goodbye to friends. Good narrator.

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  • ROBIN
  • 14-05-19

Narration ALMOST ruined it, but stay with it !!

I loved this story... very current , relevant, and relatable , but I don't understand why the narrator made each of the main characters sound exactly the same ! Although she would have been a good choice and voice for one of the characters, this book either needed multiple narrators or one who could help differentiate between who was speaking (other than saying their name first).
In spite of this, I really really enjoyed the book, and would definitely recommend it.

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  • Joanne Tailele
  • 04-06-19

Loved these women in this story

It s so true that what we see on social media is such a small part of who we really are. This compelling story about 3 women and the secrets they carried touched my heart. Usually you can pick one protagonist in a story, but Sally, Kate and Gizella got equal booking here. Highly recommend to anyone and especially to share among friends.

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  • L. Maccone
  • 01-06-19

Love her books

I couldn’t wait for this book to come out. I wasn’t disappointed. It was wonderful!! Just like the others ,I didn’t want it to end.

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  • Schrodingersdeadcat
  • 13-05-19

Wonderful...

Kerry doesn't write a bad book. I loved this. I related, parts were hilarious and touching. As all her books, relatable, clever, touching and well written.

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