Before We Met: A Novel
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Before We Met: A Novel

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by Lucie Whitehouse
     
 

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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

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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 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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“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:
09/09/2014
Pages:
288
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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Before We Met: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
buttercupCM More than 1 year ago
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
camilledimaio More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect example of why it's worth it to push through a few lackluster chapters and get in to the meat of the story. It starts conventionally, but finds its pace and makes for a great ride. Hannah is afraid of marriage after watching the dismantling of her parents'. But, everything changes when she meets Mark, seemingly the perfect guy for her. Or is he? After moving with him across the ocean, leaving behind friends and a beloved job, all is bliss until he doesn't return home from a business trip. Hannah uncovers layers of lies, but they are all put to rest with very reasonable explanations. Yet, her inner voice keeps nagging her as more becomes revealed - a decades-old murder, the mysterious whereabouts of her in-laws, missing money and more, create a tension that will have you up at night waiting to see what happens. Hold the nail polish! Your fingers might be bitten down to nothing with this thrilling read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Enjoyed book same vein as gone girl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The premise was intriguing and the writing style flowed well. I felt there was too much personal questioning at times, especially in the beginning of the book. I also did figure out the ending beforehand, but all in all, it was an entertaining story
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved this book. It always kept me guessing and wondering. I struggled the whole book deciding how I felt about the main character's husband. Well worth the buy.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good book. Couple of times I got confused when she'd flashback without warning. Fast read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
will buy her other book I enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 12 days ago
A little slow to start but a good plot twist. Kept me guessing
Anonymous 22 days ago
Kind of slow at first but quickly picks up, i couldnt put it down!
Anonymous 28 days ago
I could have done without the first 100 pages. It takes way too long to get into the story. I only made it to the end because i hate to not finish a book. Main character was annoying.
Anonymous 29 days ago
I enjoyed this read very much. The characters were realistic and the plot was very good. All in all and good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very unusual story, but one that keeps you guessing.
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Loved this fast paced hard to put down ebook :0).
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