Before We Met: A Novel

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Hannah has always been wary of commitment, but when she meets Mark, a fellow Brit, one hot New York summer, her ideas change. Within months, they are married, and she has moved back to London to be with him, leaving her life in New York behind.

But when Mark fails to return from a business trip, her certainty about their marriage starts to crack. Why don’t his colleagues know about the trip? Who is the woman who keeps calling his office? And ...

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Overview

Hannah has always been wary of commitment, but when she meets Mark, a fellow Brit, one hot New York summer, her ideas change. Within months, they are married, and she has moved back to London to be with him, leaving her life in New York behind.

But when Mark fails to return from a business trip, her certainty about their marriage starts to crack. Why don’t his colleagues know about the trip? Who is the woman who keeps calling his office? And why has Hannah’s bank account been emptied?

Hannah’s questions will uncover secrets that throw into doubt everything she has believed about her husband, secrets that lead her to a place of violence and fear.

Can you ever really know what happened before you met?

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Editorial Reviews

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“A crackerjack premise that will hook readers from the first page . . . A gripping cat-and-mouse read.” —Booklist

 

“An intriguing thriller that avoids romantic-suspense clichés . . . and builds to a tense, unexpected climax.” —Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
Whitehouse (The Bed I Made) takes a familiar premise—a woman with doubts about her new husband—and spins it into an intriguing thriller that avoids romantic-suspense clichés. Hannah, an ad executive in her early 30s living in New York City, falls in love with fellow Brit Mark Reilly, marries him, and moves into his palatial London home. Several months later, he fails to return from a business trip to New York and calls her with implausible excuses. After learning that he told coworkers he was going to Rome and that he hasn’t checked into his usual hotel, Hannah suspects an affair. As she struggles with her trust issues, she must consider whether Mark is trying to protect her. Initial flashbacks slow the narrative, but it soon picks up speed and builds to a tense, unexpected climax. Hannah is a strong and likable heroine, although readers looking for character depth and development may be unsatisfied by the superficial treatment of her marriage and troubled family. Agent: Claire Conrad, Janklow & Nesbit. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-03
Whitehouse's latest (The House at Midnight, 2008, etc.) examines the relationship between two newlyweds following the husband's disappearance; the wife knows little about his past. Hannah was a career girl in New York. Though English by birth, she moved to the U.S. to work in public relations and found her dream job, but what she didn't find was her dream mate. Hesitant to get too involved with anyone she met, Hannah hit her mid-30s without finding the right guy. Then, mutual friends introduced her to a fellow Brit, the handsome Mark Reilly, who founded his own wildly successful company. Following a whirlwind courtship and a quick marriage, he and Hannah returned to London, where she began job hunting. Unhappy with staying at home, even though the home is a posh place that's been painstakingly refurbished with the finest finishes, Hannah's been unable to find a job. But being unemployed really hits home when Hannah's unable to find Mark while he's off on a business trip. Although he leaves voice mails claiming to be in New York, his colleagues think he's with Hannah in Rome. After snooping through his office, Hannah discovers something disturbing: Mark's pulled the equity out of their home and drained both of their bank accounts, leaving her with a couple of pounds on which to survive. Why has Mark acted this way? Is he having an affair, or is the reason much more sinister? These are questions Hannah tries to answer in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that follows each twist and turn in Hannah's search for the truth behind Mark's odd and off-putting behavior. Whitehouse cleverly builds the suspense bit by bit, taking the reader deftly from the couple's initial newlywed bliss to Hannah's growing realization that things may not be what they seem. Astute readers will pick up on clues that things aren't right before the hapless Hannah, but they'll still enjoy this well-drawn, taught thriller all the way to the end.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620407646
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 188,033
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucie Whitehouse was born in Warwickshire, England, in 1975, studied classics at the University of Oxford, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter. She is the author of The House at Midnight and The Bed I Made.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Great Book

    This is a great fast read. Do you really know the man you married? Is Nick really so bad, is Mark a genuine good guy? Did the fact that Nick was the favorite child shape Mark's future? When snooping, are you really read for the answers you get? All these questions face Hannah in this fast paced story with lots of twists and turns.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Intriging. Recommend.

    Recommend. Love mystery books with striking female characters, strong women with a no nonsense approach and a willingness to search for the truth. Book meets my expectations. Enjoy

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    What an intriguing premise, cleverly told, with well-defined cha

    What an intriguing premise, cleverly told, with well-defined characters.   Meet Hannah, newly married to handsome, wealthy Mark.    Over the course of a few days, Hannah discovers secrets and betrayals that makes her doubt her husband and his motives.  This book is impossible to put down; fortunately it only takes a few hours to read!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    This book sounds intriguing, but I won't pay $17.99 for an ebook

    This book sounds intriguing, but I won't pay $17.99 for an ebook!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Add this one to your list

    I think this is a great book and I highly recommend it! Lots of twists and turns, and even though I picked up on the clues before the end, I still kept wanting to turn the page.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Great and Interesting Read

    This book was definitely full of twists. I saw this book in a magazine and read a snippet of the review, and decided to try it. I was definitely hooked on it and couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    A suspense which proves people should really know each other bef

    A suspense which proves people should really know each other before marrying. The story has many twists and turns and would have rated 5-stars by this reader if I understood all the Queen's English slang. Yes, it is filled with the Queen's slang and a few profanity words but the slang is what I had a difficult time getting past. I ended up closing the story several times and picking it up a day or so later. If you understand and are not bother by the Queen's English, by all means try this book. As others have written it is intriguing and indeed has many twists and turns. In the end, I was glad I stuck with it and finished the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    recommended

    Good read,I bought when offered for 1.99 so it was worth it.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Very Good

    I really enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    not your typical thriller

    I have already lent this book to my daughter. The story and the pots many twits and turns, will keep you from putting the book down. Set in London so for a New Yorker it was interesting to hear all of the London references. Very little profanity and needless sexuality. The plot gets you from the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Not what I expected

    It was a rather intriguing book but not one I would reccommend

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Good quick read

    I liked this book. It reminded me of Gone Girl. Nice quick read

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    Wow!! This is such a fabulous read.  All the twists and turns ke

    Wow!!
    This is such a fabulous read.  All the twists and turns keep you wanting more!  I can't believe that this author has only written two books.Definitely a must read!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read that got a little predictable at the end. Still, i did enjoy Hannah amd her perseverence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Just ok

    Based on the reviews I was excited to read this but quickly I found it was just another hard to believe novel. I found the writing with the British spellings distracting.
    I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    A

    People who have not read a book have no business rating it. For the comment that it was cliche, come on! Many authors do not have an ounce of this talent in their wildest dreams. Read the book and it will not disappoint and it does not remotely deserve the misleading three stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Reading this is like taking a ride on a merry-go-round.

    Always something happening to the main character---usually a surprise. I can usually figure out what will happen in novels, but this one had me fooled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Ok

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Great

    Great book! I was totally enthralled with this book! It was so good I couldn't put it down until I was finished! Wow! So many crazy things going on, I absolutely loved it! I loved the plot and characters! Great suspense, had me on my toes! Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Insufficient blurb review regarding genre combo

    Or author or setting for a unknown author (to me) sample first to avoid archiving i would say its a cliche mom

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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