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review 2014-02-16 20:23
Review: Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
Before We Met - Lucie Whitehouse

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse is a psychological thriller, to be released in January 2014. I'd like to thank the author and publisher for an advance copy received via a goodreads giveaway.

On first impression, I was unsure whether I would enjoy this book, as the cover and brief synopsis don't give much away. Having not read anything by this author previously, I had nothing to compare it with. Having now finished it, I actually think the couple of brief sentences on the back cover are all that's needed; anything more might arm the reader with too much detail before they start the first chapter. All too often I've been sure that I'll enjoy a book after reading the synopsis, but then been disappointed after finishing the book as all the twists have been revealed before I've even opened the book!

Hannah Reilly is the main character in this story, although we meet several supporting characters throughout the story; including her husband Mark. Hannah is an endearing character and is well written, similarly the other central characters.

Hannah's story is told in all its emotional detail, complete with some totally unexpected twists and turns. At several points I had absolutely no idea which characters were trustworthy as all their stories contradicted each other but all seemed plausible to varying degrees!

I literally could not put this down, and finished it within two nights, reading until I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer in the wee small hours. I'll look forward to reading more Lucie Whitehouse's work as I was very very impressed with this. I've not read a better book for quite some time.

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review 2014-02-12 12:04
Review: Before We Meet by Lucie Whitehouse
Before We Met - Lucie Whitehouse

Thank you to the author and publisher for the advance copy of this psychological thriller.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a fast-paced rollercoaster ride through the life of lead character Hannah who goes to the airport to collect her husband Mark as arranged. Mark is not there.

What follows leads Hannah to question her trust in everything, and changes her perception of everyone she knows.
Full of twists and turns, lies and cover-ups, Hannah must discover the truth even if it threatens to undo every thread holding her life together.

Brilliant stuff - I couldn't put it down - 5/5 stars!

I'm looking forward to reading more from author Lucie Whitehouse. 

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text 2014-02-10 01:19
What Did I Do?
Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple
Before We Met - Lucie Whitehouse
Life and Fate - Robert Chandler,Vasily Grossman
The Trial - Franz Kafka,David Wyllie

I'm one of those people who only read 1 book at a time. It's not because I can't keep track of multiple books...I just prefer 1 book at a time and I finish books faster this way. But something went wrong this month.

 

I was reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown (which I didn't like very much) and went to the library and took out a few books. So in the middle of Red Rising I started Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler...which I then misplaced (for a week), so I picked up Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. I finished Red Rising and started Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse and then Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.

 

I'm almost done Before We Met and found Parable of the Sower (on the floor of my back porch). And now I have to start The Trial by Franz Kafka for a book club in a few days.

 

If I hadn't kept picking up new books I would be done with most of the above mentioned books and would have time to devote to The Trial and the tome Life and Fate. I've decided to finish all my current books before I start in on Life and Fate - that one needs my undivided attention. 

 

So, Booklikes people....which do you prefer - 1 book or multiple books?

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review 2014-01-29 10:33
Thank you to The author and publisher for the advance copy of this psychological thriller.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a fast-paced rollercoaster ride through the life of lead character Hannah who goes to the airport to collect her husband Mark as arranged. Mark is not there.

What follows leads Hannah to question her trust in everything, and changes her perception of everyone she knows.
Full of twists and turns, lies and cover-ups, Hannah must discover the truth even if it threatens to undo every thread holding her life together.

Brilliant stuff - I couldn't put it down - 5/5 stars!

I'm looking forward to reading more from author Lucie Whitehouse.
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review 2013-12-28 00:00
Before We Met
Before We Met - Lucie Whitehouse Before We Met is the type of novel in which readers know what to expect from the characters and from the plot. It has all the characteristics of a typical Hollywood thriller – a well-to-do, gorgeous and successful couple who meets, falls in love quickly, and finds themselves married before anyone can blink thereby establishing the kind of marriage that is too good to last because of unknown issues. Of course, it is only as they settle into married life in which the questions and doubts come to light. This much-done plot remains popular for a reason, and Ms. Whitehouse fully capitalizes on those reasons. Her glimpses into the privileged life of wealthy Londoners alone satisfy a human’s basic prurient interest in others’ lives. Similarly, she uses Hannah’s growing doubts about her husband to serve as the ever-present warning about an independent woman giving up everything for a man. There is nothing wrong with the story per se, but compared to hundreds of other similar stories, Before We Met is mediocre at best.

One of the main issues readers will have with the story, outside of its predictability and staleness, is Hannah. In Hannah, Ms. Whitehouse has a vibrant, talented, educated, strong, independent woman. The fact that she essentially gives up her entire career, or inadvertently postpones it, for marriage does not fit into the traits one knows about her. She thrives on discipline and creativity but loses her mind a bit when it comes to her concerns about Mark. Granted, her issues with her mother, something pounded into readers with a 10-ton hammer, are quite obviously at play here, but her behavior during the novel is nothing like the Hannah readers glimpse in flashbacks and memories. Without a doubt, the change in Hannah is meant to provide yet another warning to female readers about losing oneself in a relationship. One just wishes the lesson were not so blatant. For such a strong female heroine, subtle changes would better suit the story.

By the time a reader knows all of Mark’s secrets, unveiled piecemeal as Hannah works through her investigation, they are anything but a surprise. In fact, one can predict the direction of the novel well before a plot twist. There is still enough tension within the narrative to pique a reader’s interest. However, as the novel rushes towards its inevitable conclusion, that interest is merely to determine the accuracy of one’s predictions.

Before We Met is one that ultimately disappoints right from the beginning. The pattern followed by Ms. Whitehouse is essentially a cliché at this point in time. Yet, everyone still enjoys even a clichéd story every once in a while. The truly disappointing aspect of Before We Met is the characters, particularly Hannah. If her characters were a bit less archetypal and more unique, her story would definitely be among the better woman-marries-man-and-troubles-ensue-almost-immediately versions. As it is, it is nothing but a run-of-the-mill unhappily-ever-after warning.
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