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Lucie Whitehouse
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The Bed I Made

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,246 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
I haven't given up on you and I'm not going to. It's time to stop playing hard to get now. When Kate meets a dark, enigmatic man in a Soho bar, she doesn't hesitate long before going home with him. There is something undeniably attractive about Richard - and irresistibly dangerous, too. Now, after eighteen exhilarating but fraught months, Kate knows she has to finish their ...more
Published 2011 by ISIS (first published January 1st 2010)
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if you like contemporary gothic romances, this book will scratch that itch.

this is my reading history with lucie whitehouse:

the first book of hers i read was The House at Midnight, which is very much in the tradition of The Secret History, and therefore directly in my interest zone. then i read Before We Met, which was a perfectly decent book that i made excuses for on account of how much i had enjoyed The House at Midnight, which is the interlocking-judgment system by which i make assessments
Disappointing. I expected a chilling thriller, but there wasn't a lot of action for much of the book. It actually took me ages to get through as it just wasn't holding my attention.

I liked the setting of the Isle of Wight in a quiet and wild winter, but the constant long explanations as to what road Kate was on and which shops she was next to did nothing for me as I haven't ever been to the island. I prefer fiction to stay completely fictional anyway, letting my imagination create the scene. Th
Kelly Mander
I enjoyed the story, how the tension was building throughout the book. But everything else I had problems with. I couldn't relate to Kate, the main character, at all. For starters the girl drinks a glass of wine on pretty much every page, but also given her sexual history she at one point is convinced to go out for a pub lunch by another character twiddling her nipples. Is this normal for women? Am I just being a prude? I agree with other readers too about the constant never-ending description o ...more
Lucie Whitehouse has done it again. Her brilliant debut, The House at Midnight , was one of the few books I have been literally unable to put down and read from start to finish within one day. This riveting second novel lasted just a few days, and in the end I stayed up all night to finish it. There is just so much to love about Whitehouse's writing. Much like Jo in The House at Midnight, Kate is the perfect narrator - immediately likeable and absolutely human, you truly care about and believe i ...more
Bill Kupersmith
After being disappointed by The House at Midnight, I thought to give Lucie Whitehouse another chance with The Bed I Made, especially to see what she made of the Isle of Wight as a setting. Other than drinking at the Island Sailing Club during Cowes Week, most of my experiences of the IOW have been from a yacht, & I was eager to find out what it might be like to live in Yarmouth during the off season. Found that bleak and fascinating.

Unfortunately the story itself was too unlikely to be belie
Bree T
Main character Kate is on the run. It’s winter and she has retreated down to the Isle of Wight for peace, solitude and safety. Only her father, her brother and her best friend Helen know her location. It is a place she visited as a child, with her father and brother after her mother left. It is a place she associates with happiness, with rebuilding.

On her third day on the island, she watches on the shore as the authorities tow in the boat of a local woman, Alice Frewin. Although no body has been
An enjoyable read, but not as thrilling or suspenseful as the author's previous book, The House at Midnight. However, a protagonist who is easy to sympathize with, a realistic plot line, and the author's descriptive writing make it worth a read.
Aug 22, 2013 Rosie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this book most of the way through, until I realised I was only 20 pages from the end and the notorious Richard had yet to make his reappearance, which was inevitably going to happen.

Anyway, following the rushed and ridiculous revelation that he'd been dating Katie's best friend, he popped up a few pages later for a hurried confrontation, getting beat up and sent to jail in a heartbeat so that Katie and Pete could live happily ever after.

Very similar to Whitehouse's 'The Hous
Nicky Foster
Sep 16, 2014 Nicky Foster rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one big disappointment. The first third of the book seemed to hold a lot of promise - the main character is on the run from her ex and it gets you wondering what he's done and what a stinking baddie he'll turn into. Unfortunately the book just drags on and on with descriptions of how depressed she is and the walks she goes on! The most we get in the way of tension is a few nasty Emails from her ex. There was no cat and mouse, will he get her or not, it was just boring all the way throug ...more
May 15, 2011 Mira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very annoyed. This was a chick lit novel in disguise!!

Nothing really happened until the end.

If you've ever been to the Isle of Wight you'll recognise the descriptions and Whitehouse writes some pretty prose. T'was not for me though
Susan Mackie powers
I've read two of Lucie Whitehouse's other books, "The House at Midnight" and "Before We Met", and I have to say that I was disappointed by "The Bed I Made". As a therapist, the concept interested me: What happens when a woman falls for the wrong man, and he doesn't want to let her go? Kate, a thirty-something translator,falls in love with Richard, a man casually met in a bar in London(read: had a one night stand with). The connection between the two is immediate. Richard has a somewhat mysteriou ...more
Feb 23, 2011 harryknuckles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set on the Isle of Wight, where I live!!

"I haven't given up on you and I'm not going to. It's time to stop playing hard to get now."

When Kate meets a dark, enigmatic man in a Soho bar, she doesn't hesitate long before going home with him. There is something undeniably attractive about Richard - and irresistibly dangerous, too. Now, after 18 exhilarating but fraught months, Kate knows she has to finish their relationship.

Fleeing London for the wintry Isle of Wight, she is determin
Jan 08, 2011 Jeanet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
The book is so well written that for the first half of the book I was more reluctant to like Richard, the psycho, then Kate, the woman he's been terrorizing and even beaten. We know this already within the first few pages, but as the story moves on and Kate remembers the Richard she fell in love with. Richard is described as the kind of man every girl at some point in her life dreams of meeting. Well apart from the psycho bit.
This way Whitehouse sends her reader into the same dilemma that Kate
Aug 11, 2010 Naushina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Grace Harwood
SPOILERS CONTAINED HEREIN! My mum lent me this book because I'd just returned from a holiday in the lovely Isle of Wight (a most beautiful place) and I've got to say that the main thing I enjoyed in the book was revisiting the locations I am now familiar with through Whitehouse's prose; particularly being as we stayed in some eerily similar cottages (and encountered an equally eerily similar cat as the one in Whitehouse's novel) during our hols, in Yarmouth. (It made me question if the author ha ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Sian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
I absolutely loved this! I could not put it down. Very compelling read, I just had to keep reading.

I loved the character of Kate. Even though at times she came across a little weak, I actually thought she was a very strong character. She let Richard control and get into her head but as soon as it turned physical she got out of it. Richard's character was extremely well written, a very convincing bad guy and extremely creepy. I actually found I was holding my breath at the end.
Even though to me i
Jul 11, 2011 Felicity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what led me to picking this book up at my local library. I picked up a couple of authors that I recognised, another book that had a nice front jacket and then this.

I am so glad I did.

The other books fell by the bedside but this I did not put down until it was finished.

It was chilling, engaging, romantic, dangerous, lonely, intriguing... Everything you want in a novel. It's nicely written and the main character is easy to identify with. I felt on edge reading this book which is, I
Holly Robinson
Feb 28, 2014 Holly Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it that makes Lucie Whitehouse novels so addictive? Like many British writers penning literary Gothic romances or thrillers, Whitehouse is wildly successful at causing that tingle up your spine right from the first chapter and continuing to build that sense of impending danger, or even doom for the main character as the book progresses, until you're reading late into the night with wide eyes and a dry mouth. She really makes you feel the fear. Take a look at this description of Kate, the ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Zoe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the description of the book, I was expecting something pretty special! Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Far too much of this book was spent describing surroundings - mainly boats and sea views. Not what I wanted from a thriller at all. I managed to see it through to the end but was confused at how the story suddenly went from being a 'Village Hall and tea cakes' type of book to this unrealistic thriller. Not the worst book I've ever read but certainly not one to remember.
If you picked up this book thinking its a gripping thriller...then put it back. It's not, it's a boring chick lit with a thriller-ish ending. Bad, just bad.
Aug 05, 2015 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost didn't make it past the first five pages... I like wordy books (not much else you can fill a book with), but those words have to mean something. I don't just want '1001 Ways to Describe Bad Weather and Seaside Stuff'. Ugh. But I'm glad I kept going as there was a good story buried alive under all that... Not sure it was as 'believable' as the tagline on the cover suggested, but it was okay. It all got rather silly towards the end though (why did she never go to the police..?). A shame - ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Alyson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, but quite a long book which could perhaps have been reduced slightly, although the plot does makes you want to read on as she provides sufficient clues and intrigues into the characters and the background to where the story starts. Sometimes I think it got a bit bogged down in all the Isle of Wight location descriptions though, and, although it would obviously have spoiled the plot and story, I did lose a bit of patience with Kate for not having reported any of the incidents (attemp ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Leanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure that I should have liked this book as much as I did. The main character Kate met her now ex boyfriend in a bar 18 months ago and the book charts what happens after her break up. There are certain things about the book that either make the main character very stupid or have just been forgotten but they are missed out all the same. I won’t say what it is, partly to see if you find the same thing when you read the book or whether it does reflect the stupidity of the character.

Kate sets
Sarah Vincent
This is the first book I've read by Lucie Whitehouse, and I was very impressed by her writing. The prose flows smoothly, and there are some fine descriptive passages. I do like novels which have a strong sense of place, and in this case the Isle of Wight setting is beautifully evoked.

For me though, this was a bit of a mixed bag. The main problem being the antagonist, Richard. Much is made of Richard's attractions to start with. Kate states that the attraction is not just physical, but has much
Oct 12, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse only a few weeks ago and feeling largely apathetic towards it, I was keen for The Bed I Made to be different. I wanted a book that would grip me from beginning to end. The author succeeded in getting me interested, but I did wonder whether The Bed I Made was any different to her later novel. A woman who falls madly in love, only to find out her partner is completely different to whom she thought he was. Change the setting from London to the Isle of W ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Joodith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kate flees London after ending a relationship with Richard which has turned violent. She chooses the Isle of Wight as her refuge as this was a place she remembers from her childhood. Gradually she makes a life for herself, but then the text messages and emails start arriving from Richard.

Kate is not a particularly likeable character and I became quite angry with her for reading the emails that distressed her so much - why not just hit the Delete button immediately if you are so afraid? Why not g
Sarah-Kate Lynch
Feb 13, 2014 Sarah-Kate Lynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sorry but I am just an old-fashioned sucker for a book where the heroine has been unlucky in love and so escapes to an off-season island to walk on windswept beaches as she revisit the sins of her past and its dreadful consequences.

If I had the right sort of sins of my past, it’s exactly what I would do.

In the case of The Bed I Made, Kate has escaped her life in London for the wintry Isle of Wight, a place where she remembers life being happy and uncomplicated when she spent summers there as
Apr 04, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate has fled to the Isle of Wight to escape London and a relationship that went sour. It quickly becomes apparent that her relationship with Richard was not straightforward and that she has reason to be afraid of him. Kate is lonely in Cowes, but gradually gets to know people and befriends Peter, whose wife has gone missing in a boating accident. However Richard continues to send her increasingly threatening emails and it's clear that he will not be happy to let her move on with her life.

The bo
Marguerite Kaye
This was a re-read for me, and I'd say it was 3.5 stars. It's the sort of book that works better when you don't remember the plot, and sadly I remembered too much of it, and I'm sure that detracted from my enjoyment (I gave it 4 stars previously). It's a good story, it's well-written, it's suspenseful and it kept me turning the pages, but I have to say that it did fall a bit flat. I think partly that was to do with the first person narrator, who began to get on my nerves a bit. There were loads ...more
May 12, 2014 Meera rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another page turning thriller from Lucie Whitehouse, although I didn't enjoy it as much as her other two books. Kate is running away to the Isle of Wight, away from an intense relationship with Richard, but what has made her run? A local woman, Alice disappears, and Kate empathises with her and becomes obsessed with her disappearance and whether there were parallels between their situations. The author slowly builds up a tense and chilling atmosphere, but for me, the central 'bad' character turn ...more
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Lucie Whitehouse was born in the Cotswolds in 1975 and grew up in Warwickshire. She studied Classics at Oxford University and then began a career in publishing while spending evenings, weekends and holidays working on the book that would eventually become THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT.

Having married in 2011, she now divides her time between the UK and Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. She writes
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