Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse is a psychological thriller, to be released in January 2014. I'd like to thank the author and publisher for an advance copy received via a goodreads giveaway.
On first impression, I was unsure whether I would enjoy this book, as the cover and brief synopsis don't give much away. Having not read anything by this author previously, I had nothing to compare it with. Having now finished it, I actually think the couple of brief sentences on the back cover are all that's needed; anything more might arm the reader with too much detail before they start the first chapter. All too often I've been sure that I'll enjoy a book after reading the synopsis, but then been disappointed after finishing the book as all the twists have been revealed before I've even opened the book!
Hannah Reilly is the main character in this story, although we meet several supporting characters throughout the story; including her husband Mark. Hannah is an endearing character and is well written, similarly the other central characters.
Hannah's story is told in all its emotional detail, complete with some totally unexpected twists and turns. At several points I had absolutely no idea which characters were trustworthy as all their stories contradicted each other but all seemed plausible to varying degrees!
I literally could not put this down, and finished it within two nights, reading until I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer in the wee small hours. I'll look forward to reading more Lucie Whitehouse's work as I was very very impressed with this. I've not read a better book for quite some time.