Sunday, 15 February 2015

Book Review #6 / Before We Met

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

We all know I love a good thriller and, what drew me to this book, was the comparisons to 'Gone Girl' I had seen mentioned in a few different magazines and reviews. Despite the ending of Gone Girl (we won't get into that right now), I was utterly enthralled by Gillian Flynn's thriller and read it in one day straight, whilst on holiday a couple of years ago. So, I was eager to read Lucie Whitehouse's latest novel in the hopes it would have me just as hooked...

A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage. 

Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband doesn't come home...

Can you ever really know what happened before you met?

Now, the first chapter of this book did suck me straight in as it jumps head first into the plotline. Hannah heads to Heathrow airport to surprise her husband Mark whos' been working away in New York but, after hours of waiting and unable to get through to him on the phone, gives up and goes home - anxious about where he could be.

It soon becomes clear, by morning, that something isn't right when Mark still isn't home, his phone jumps straight to voicemail and his assistant is under the impression he was in Rome for the weekend - with Hannah.

Unfortunately, the book did become a bit of a slow burner, for me, after the immediate suspense filled intro as we're then given a bit of a back story about how the pair met - which is just a bit dull, if I'm honest. 

However, I'm glad I stuck with it, as the drama does start to pick up again and there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns that kept me eager to keep reading, all building up to a very explosive - albeit a bit far fetched - ending. 
Whilst I did find myself gripped, in parts, I wouldn't say this book had me as hooked as Gone Girl. I feel like Before We Met has the potential to be a great story but it just didn't live up to the expectations I had for it. 

I also felt like the story might have been better if it had actually been told in first person, from Hannah's point of view, rather than in third person. If Hannah had been the narrator, I might have been able to relate to her a bit better and understand her anxieties and worries over her husband's disappearance but, instead, the third person narrative makes the story a bit detached and less personal.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Any recommendations for me?

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