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The Bed I Made
 
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Lucie Whitehouse
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The Bed I Made

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  560 ratings  ·  100 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 June 21st 2010)
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Blair
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
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
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...more
Evangeline
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...more
Misha
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.
harryknuckles
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...more
Jeanet
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...more
Naushina
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Sian
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...more
Holly Robinson
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
Mira
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
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...more
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
Joodith
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...more
Sarah-Kate Lynch
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...more
Meera
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
Katy Noyes
3.5 stars.

I wanted to like this more. But the lengthy descriptions and character thoughts on audiobook felt twice as long as on the page. I did enjoy the structure and the long build-up to a climax, but there did seem to be unnecessary description, especially as the situation unravels and you realise the danger our heroine is in.

Our heroine - Kate. Someone I couldn't quite root for. She's made the mistake of staying involved with a married man. Fine - she made a bad decision. It's when she refus...more
Rialto
This book is a slow burner. We learn about the main protagonist Kate, her life and affair with psychopath Richard, from flashbacks to her life in London, after she has fled to the Isle of Wight, a childhood haunt.
Lucie Whitehouse, the author of this book, kept me reading, and guessing, right to the thrilling end.
To be honest, I didn't particularly feel any empathy or liking, for any of the characters in this book, but the excellent storyline and menace throughout kept me reading.
The character...more
DubaiReader
Beautifully written.

I generally tend to avoid psychological thrillers but this fell into the mild category and wasn't scary enough to keep me up at night. Having been nominated as one of the TV Book Club Summer Reads for 2010, it was displayed prominantly in my local library so I thought I'd give it a go.
It was a good read, well written but only 4 1/2 stars due to the slightly rushed ending.

There were several threads to this story, firstly Kate's meeting and developing relationship with Richard...more
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The Bed I made, I would say will be in the genres New Adult, Chick Lit and maybe a little bit of a thriller.

Synopsis:
Kate meets charming Richard in a Soho bar. Even though they only first met, not knowing each others' names, Kate foolishly goes home with him and later, starts a long relationship.
(Kate: A very annoying person.)

After dating Richard for quite some time, Kate brings up moving in togethe...more
Jacqueline
After loving The House at Midnight so much, I was very disappointed by this one.
I almost made it to one hundred pages before the boredom set it. After that, I skipped to the last thirty pages and found I hadn't missed a thing. The main character Kate, a translator, was unlikable and unrelatable, and not enough of her back story was revealed to give her any kind of depth. Richard, who we knew was a bit psychotic, was threaded throughout the story in short flashbacks which completely contradicted...more
Felicity
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...more
Sian
I loved this book! I really liked the way the story was unfolded little by little always leaving a little to the imagination. I also liked the way I could picture the surroundings, that is a sign of a good writer. Going to read The House at Midnight straight away as Lucie Whitehouse is fast becoming one of my favourite authors!
Rosie
*Spoilers*

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...more
Liesbeth
Lonely 30 something woman in London meets charismatic man,and falls in love with him. He turns out to be a bit if a psychopath, so she flees to the Isle of Wight.
Very well written. Would probably have liked it more if I'd been to the Isle of Wight, which gets described in a lot of detail.
Good amount of tension, vaguely decent sub plot.
My main gripe is that I found myself getting increasingly irritated with Kate, the main character.
She nearly gets raped, but doesn't report it, just runs away.
Thre...more
Izzy Holmes
For anyone who knows someone or has been a victim of stalking from a partner this is a very creepy book.
Kate has been in an abusive relationship and decides to leave the man who has hurt her and flee to a new life in the Isle of Wight. She takes the bare essentials of what she needs and only tells her closest friend Helen and her immediate family where she is. Ashamed of what she has been through and the way that she accepted his behaviour she has to cover up her real reason for being on the isl...more
Sue
I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. If I could give it an extra half star, I would. I thought that Ms. Whitehouse's descriptive abilities were outstanding. In few words, she successfully captured the feel of the Isle of Wight in winter. The desolation, and the beauty, the wildlife and the water,and the incredibly claustrophobic feeling of being island-bound. Her characters were believable, even the innocent ones having a slight edge of danger around them. The tension built...more
Bonnie Hawker
An ok read. Found myself skipping paragraphs of repeating descriptions about the sea etc to get to the real guts of the story. Quick ending with no surprises really.
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I really liked reading The Bed I made by Lucie Whitehouse. I thought it was excellent. I seem to be able to get into Lucie's stories.
Rachel
Reading this now; it's definitely gripping and well written. One thing though, and yes I know it's fiction and not to be taken literally but it's irritating me in this novel (and has in similar stories) it's v v v easy to change your email address and mobile phone number!!!!!

Later that day (glad it's not dark yet) I've just finished the book. OMG I got so tense I sipped my wine faster and faster during the last 3 chapters! It was REALLY good, the pace was sustained throughout the whole book, her...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...more
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