Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse – Short Review

January 15, 2014 Review 2 ★★★

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse – Short ReviewRelease Date: January 21, 2014
Title: Before We Met
Author: Lucie Whitehouse
Pages: 288
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark Reilly, a fellow Brit, and is swept up in a love affair that changes all her ideas about what marriage might mean.

Now, living in their elegant, expensive London townhouse and adored by her fantastically successful husband, she knows she was right to let down her guard.

But when Mark does not return from a business trip to the U.S. and when the hours of waiting for him stretch into days, the foundations of Hannah’s certainty begin to crack. Why do Mark’s colleagues believe he has gone to Paris not America? Why is there no record of him at his hotel? And who is the mysterious woman who has been telephoning him over the last few weeks?

Hannah begins to dig into her husband’s life, uncovering revelations that throw into doubt everything she has ever believed about him. As her investigation leads her away from their fairytale romance into a place of violence and fear she must decide whether the secrets Mark has been keeping are designed to protect him or protect her...
3 Stars

I’m a little embarrassed to say that I don’t remember much of this book. It didn’t leave an impression.

It’s being compared to Gone Girl but… no. Gone Girl threw me for a loop, and this book had no great twists or mysteries. I kept looking for one and thinking things were going to happen that didn’t because the story was relatively straight forward. I wasn’t surprised at the end.

If you like psychological thrillers, honestly you’d be better off looking elsewhere. Psychological thrillers should leave a lasting impression, rather than leaving the mind as soon as you turn the last page.

Need More Information?

  • For the Love of Words‘Before We Met’ works that little paranoid nerve in all of us by serving as a reminder that you’re never able to truly know a person completely, even the ones you love and have devoted your life to.
  • Being Anne…:  I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a chilling psychological thriller – there are a lot out there at the moment, I know, but this is certainly one I won’t forget in a hurry.
  • My Dog-eared PurposeI loved it.  Not happy by any means, but I love when I can’t stop thinking about it in between reads and can’t wait to pick it up the next night (or maybe even sneak in a few chapters during nap time!).

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