One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.
Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other.
Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of.
And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia.
Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone.
Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.
A totally breathtaking page-turner about the darker side of love and what really goes on behind closed doors. This book will have you gripped from the very first page until the dramatic final twist.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“The Wife Before Me” by Laura Elliot starts like a nice romantic story. It has a great cover that pulls readers right into the first line. However, sensitive readers should be cautioned that this is not such a nice little loving story. This book is a psychological thriller that contains both emotional and physical spousal abuse as well as elements of graphic violence that some readers may find disturbing, hence the three star review. Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison, and all is well. (They meet at a funeral, which itself is rather creepy and forecasts the much more creepy to come.) When she discovers a torn page from a letter, things take a turn to the dark side. Amelia finds out that she does not really know Nick, what he is capable of, or exactly what happened to Nick’s deceased wife. The story is told primarily from the points of view of Elena, and Amelia, (Nick's first wife) and alternates between the present and the past. This establishes the pattern of abuse, and helps readers connect with the women; however, it is at times confusing. There are lots of minor characters and exacting details. The book follows the pattern of other current novels focusing secrets, lies, and a deceitful husband. The pieces of the puzzle come together slowly, very slowly at times, and the narrative is filled with emotion and anxiety as well as secrets and a final twist. I received a copy of “The Wife Before Me” from Laura Elliot, Bookouture, and NetGalley. I recommend this for readers who like psychological thrillers and can tolerate some violence and elements of abuse.
I received a netgalley of The Wife Before me by Laura Elliot, in exchange for an honest review. Elena has traveled home to Ireland for the unexpected death of her beloved mother. Her grief is consuming her and she finds solace with Nicholas, a recent widower. He sweeps her off her feet and she thinks that she will finally be happy. The more she gets involved the more she starts to see a side of Nicholas that she doesn't like. She then begins to wonder what really happened to his wife Amelia. This book was intriguing and kept me guessing. A must read for those who love twisty thrillers.
This book started off really good. I flew through the first few pages, but then the characters lost me. And if I don't care about the characters, its nearly impossible for me to enjoy the book. There were a few things that thew me right away, Elena was SO in love with Nicholas, but was bored with the repetitiveness of looking at pictures of him in his younger years, and gave his mother attitude because of this? (regardless of the mothers attitude later on in the book, at this point she was just her boyfriends mom, yet Elena was a little rude to her... the very first time she met her... at HER home, where SHE was a guest.... for no reason.) Then there was this comment - "The weight she has lost since Isabelles death adds to the elegance" ... I thought that was a weird thing to say. But aside from all that, I just did not like the characters, any of them and because of this I found myself bored with the story. The story itself was the same one we have all read a hundred times, and the "twist" was the one we all saw coming. I wish I could give this book a better score, but I just did not like it.
Laura Elliot has done it again - another twisty suspenseful thriller! Keeps you on the edge of your seat with many turns and surprises. The Wife Before Me is a pulse-pounding thrill ride from beginning to end!
Amelia Madison goes on a drive and never returns. On a dangerous incline, her car slips off of a cliff and plunges into the sea. It is now two years later, and Elena Langdon meets Amelia's husband Nicholas. It is Elena's mother's funeral and Nicholas is there as he worked with her mother. They are both grieving and yet they make a connection. Over time, the two develop a bond, and eventually begin to live together. She is most assuredly in love with him and he claims to love her as well. However, he begins to exhibit increasingly cruel and dangerous sides to his personality, placing her very life in danger more than once. At some point, Elena begins to wonder what really happened to Amelia. Was Nicholas as cruel to Amelia as he is to Elena? Was Amelia's death an accident? When Elena discovers a torn letter it sends incredible chills through her bones. Everything changes and she begins looking for answers. Even so, it is very difficult for her to prove just how dangerous Nicholas truly is. However, what she discovers is shocking beyond belief, plunging her into even more terror than she could have ever imagined. I sometimes don't know who experienced more shock, Elena, Amelia or myself, the reader. I then found myself dealing with powerful emotions towards or against certain characters in this book, namely Nicholas, his mother, and even his father. This was a truly emotional read and I give kudos to the author for evoking such powerful responses in me while reading this book. When I picked The Wife Before Me for review, I know since it was in my genre of choice, that it would most likely be a good read. It was far more than that - it was an utterly exceptional read. For starters, there were twists and turns that had me gasping for air and I just could not turn the page fast enough. I found myself devouring this book in just two sittings, pausing only enough for a scant few hours of sleep before continuing on, yes, in just two brief sittings. From the first page to the very last page, I was completely riveted. This is my first book by Laura Elliot and I know for a solid fact that she will be a definite auto-buy for me. Her writing is concise, her characters memorable and the plot lines believable. Thank you to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.