- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 234mm x 28mm | 520g
- Publication date: 16 January 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1408847167
- ISBN 13: 9781408847169
- Sales rank: 540,466
A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage. Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home ...The more questions Hannah asks, the fewer answers she finds. But are the secrets that Mark has been keeping designed to protect him or protect her? And can you ever really know what happened before you met?
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Lucie Whitehouse was born in Warwickshire in 1975, read Classics at Oxford University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is author of The House at Midnight and the TV Book Club pick The Bed I Made. @LWhitehouse5
By Thea Wilson 21 Jan 2014
**POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!**
This was a very unexpected book for me as once again this was one of my 'broadening my horizons' book choices and was most definitely a book I would have chosen for myself to purchase.
Don't be fooled by the pretty cover and mistakenly think that this book is a sweet and romantic chick-lit book as while this book is at times a sickeningly sweet and touching romance story it has a very sinister side that proves how very risky whirlwind romances and marriage can be as it takes time to really get to know people. After a just few months you still only have a vague impression of the other person and the true reality can be completely different when the real truth starts to sink in, which is where the book steps in. I dare you read it and not look suspiciously at your partner for a while afterwards!
The basis of this rather tragic book is the whirlwind romance and marriage of Hannah and Mark and the tale flows nicely between the present events and flashback that shows past events, such as Hannah and Mark's initial meetings and the subsequent courtship.
What the book boils down to is the lies we tell our partners and the consequences of the untruths and the whole book is about truths and untruths. How would you react if you found out that your whole relationship was a lie and that nothing your partner has even told you is even remotely true, that the most important person in your world is the world's biggest liar. This is the ultimate truth Hannah finds herself facing as revelation after revelation pushes her towards the most tragic of ending and a final truth that she could never have imagined in her wildest dreams.
In conclusion, this is an amazing book! Its thoughtfully written and keeps you guessing from start to finish, what is true and what isn't, where is Mark and is he coming back, who killed who and who wants to kill who? Brilliant! The relationship between Hannah and Marks starts off just like any loving marriage still in it's early phase, the honeymoon phase, but quickly descends into madness, leaving Hannah questioning every part of her life, including her own sanity and as I said it's hard not to let the lies in the books carry over into your own life, I for sure did look at my husband differently for a few hours after reading the book as it does make you wonder how many lies hide behind everyday life, even if they are the tiniest little white lies told to protect.
This is the kind of thought-provoking tale that I love, especially when it makes you look at your own life in a different way and makes you question your own choices.
Fantastic book and I definitely recommend it to everyone!
By Suzy 30 Dec 2013
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Hannah starts to wonder what's going on when her husband doesn't return home, as planned. I felt empathy with her overly dramatic musings and his plausible explanations. However doubt never leaves her and this leads her to start digging into his background and to discoveries about his life, as the pace of the novel hots up. It ends with a dramatic showdown. Although I found some revelations easy to guess, others surprised me and I enjoyed it through to the end. Even when I guessed a plot twist I enjoyed knowing something and seeing how long it would take for the main character to catch on. A light, easy read that will take a couple of evenings. I received this book free in advance of publication from Goodreads.
Loved Gone Girl? (Who didn't?) This is the Brit version; another relationship that's not as it seems, but with a London flavour. Warning: you won't want to put it down Glamour Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse gets down and dirty in Hannah and Mark's marriage and is as tense a read as Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl ... Read in one sitting ASOS Magazine A plot that twists on every page and a shocking didn't-see-that-coming ending make Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse a proper nail-biter Good Housekeeping Thriller of the Month A creepily effective thriller, Whitehouse ramping up the chills with her dark wintry weather and her glimpses into the creation of a disturbed mind ... She marshals her creations to an enjoyably nail-biting, spine-tingling denouement Observer Thriller of the Month The twists and turns in this latest thriller from the author of the excellent The House At Midnight will keep you guessing right up until the end Bella 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 ... enjoy this well-drawn, taught thriller all the way to the end Kirkus An enjoyable and readable story about people of today Literary Review Picks up speed and builds to a tense, unexpected climax. Hannah is a strong and likable heroine Publishers Weekly A fiendishly spun tissue of lies and charm eventually gives way to a bloody showdown Independent If you've become hooked on psychological thrillers since the super-successful Gone Girl, then this has a similar setting ... Enough secrets, lies and dodgy revelations scattered throughout to keep you reading Heat Layer upon layer of paranoia and suspicion make this novel a compulsive read. This is a thriller that plays on deep human vulnerabilities and emotions, carrying the reader from chapter to chapter **** The Lady The tension builds revelation by revelation and barely loosens its grip throughout Independent Fans of best-selling thriller Gone Girl, should definitely pick themselves up a copy of this relatable and perfectly pitched new novel by Lucie Whitehouse. With more suspense, intrigue and tension than you can shake a stick at Pride Magazine An intense, compelling psychological thriller designed to keep the reader guessing until the very last turn of the page Choice Magazine Tense, fast-moving and very readable Sun The delicate unravelling of relationships in 'Chick Noir' is a new guilty pleasure. Enjoy Grazia