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 . . .
How well do you know your husband? As Hannah finds out, not very well. As the title says: Before We Met, something happened before Hannah and Mark met. What that is, is unravelled in this short but superbly written book. This is the first book I have read by Lucie and I am now contemplating reading her other two novels.
This is a dark novel, creepy in a way, one day Hannah starts to discover things she didn´t know and also started to discover the lies her husband has been telling her. Slowly the author being to unravel the truth and also tells us the past, how they met and other important stuff.
‘Perhaps he was just a compulsive liar, one of those people who couldn’t stop themselves even when there was nothing to be gained by it. Maybe, she thought, she was about to discover that he was married to someone else and had a whole other family filed away somewhere.
Lucie is a great writer and great at linking the past with the present, it works seamlessly and great with all the suspense in this book. I found it unputdownable, I read it in 2 sittings, I would have read it in one but I was just too tired.
I liked Hannah´s character, she is likeable and independent. She wants to find her own path in life and not just live off her husband’s success. Mark is a bit of a workaholic and by the end of the book is a completly different person we met at the beginning.
Genre: Psychological Thriller, crime, mystery
Lucie Whitehouse was born in the Cotswolds in 1975 and grew up in Warwickshire. She studied Classics at Oxford University and then began a career in publishing while spending evenings, weekends and holidays working on the book that would eventually become THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT.
Having married in 2011, she now divides her time between the UK and Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. She writes full time and has contributed features to the Times, the Sunday Times, the Independent, Elle and Red Magazine.
She has been nominated for the Crime Thriller Club Awards on ITV3 Link
File Size: 564 KB
Print Length: 289 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408847167
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (January 21, 2014)