Book Review: Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

Hannah had promised herself she would not become her mother, she would be independent and successful in her own right and avoid turning into her mother. However, one day she meets successful businessman Mark in a New York park and they embark on a whirlwind romance. The pair marry and return to London to live in a beautiful townhouse and on the surface their life seems perfect. But after Mark disappears on a business trip to America, Hannah starts to question her husband’s life and she soon realises her husband is not the person she thought he was.

I’ve read Lucie Whitehouse before, I read The Bed I Made a few years ago and loved it. Its one of my favourite books, I think the story is utterly gripping and I really liked her style of writing. If you haven’t read The Bed I Made, I thoroughly recommend it.

Before We Met reminds me Gone Girl, it looks at a marriage and questions how much you really know about the people closest to you. I don’t think this is comparable to Gone Girl. Gone Girl held my attention from the first page and I could not put the book down, I wanted to know everything about the characters despite disliking them and I was gripped by the story. I find the characters in Before We Met difficult to like but I think that’s the point in stories like this. It is a good story but its slightly predictable. I think the predictability is because of Gone Girl, I’m second guessing the story because I’ve read something similar. I think the central storyline is interesting and it does make you wonder how much you know about the people in your life. In terms of writing, Whitehouse’s style is really easy to read and the story flows really nicely.

I think The Bed I Made is a better book than this one but I don’t think it’s a Gone Girl wannabe, I think there has been a wave of that type of story and its difficult for any book with a slightly similar story to avoid being compared with the bestseller. I think this is well written and is probably better than most of the other stories released following the success of Gone Girl. Its good book and well worth picking up if you’re after some new reading material but I would recommend The Bed I Made more.

Have you read this? What do you think?


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