Title: Before We Met
Author: Lucie Whitehouse
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4 out of 5
Hannah loves her husband, Mark, so she doesn’t think anything of it when he’s late getting home from a business trip. She’s sure he has a good reason. But after hours of not hearing from him, she begins to look into what he was doing. What she finds gives her reason for concern: his work colleagues think he’s somewhere else entirely and the hotel he’s staying at has no record of him being a guest. Why has Mark been lying to Hannah? What secrets has he been hiding from her? And where is he now?
Before We Met is an intriguing psychological thriller. Whitehouse presents an interesting character in Hannah, and the nail-biting plot takes the reader in an unexpected, but welcome, direction.
It’s best that you don’t know too much about the plot going into Before We Met. The summary above outlines the basics, the beginning of the book, but the situation changes quickly as Hannah gets more information about what’s really happening. The unexpected twists are really what make this novel worth reading. It ends up in a completely different place than you’d expect, based on the initial premise, and it’s a lot of fun getting to that point.
Hannah is a great main character for Before We Met. She’s strong and independent, so she’s cognizant enough to step back from the situation and ask the questions she needs to. Is she acting like a paranoid wife or is there really a reason to be concerned? Too often, people in novels such as this do cringe-inducing things in spite of their better judgment. Hannah is not that person, and it’s refreshing. She’s constantly evaluating, trying to figure out what’s going on, and while she’s emotional at the prospect of Mark’s lies, she still manages to keep herself together and think rationally.
The story of Before We Met is twisty and unexpected, as I’ve mentioned. It also moves at a fast pace, meaning you won’t want to put this book down. There are aspects of it that are unbelievable once you take a step back (the ending, particularly), but it’s such a thrill ride that you won’t notice while reading. If you’re looking for a fun read that will keep you riveted, perhaps for a plane ride, then this book is a great choice.