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Before We Met

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  3,853 ratings  ·  538 reviews
Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark Reilly, a fellow Brit, and is swept up in a love affair that changes all her ideas about what marriage might mean.

Now, living in their elegant, expensive London townhouse and adored by her...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA (first published January 6th 2014)
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karen
so i'm kind of loving on all these british psychological suspense thrillers. even though they don't really stay with me for very long, i just really enjoy the journey.

i loved the first lucie whitehouse book i read, The House at Midnight, which was a kind of riff on The Secret History. if anything, this one is a kinda sorta spin on Gone Girl in that it exposes the secrets a marriage holds, and reminds us how difficult it is to ever really know someone, especially when it concerns the lives our be...more
Patrice Hoffman
Hannah lives a charmed life with her husband Mark up until he's MIA at Heathrow airport. After waiting for him for hours, hoping that his flight home from New York hasn't turned into a disaster, she finally goes home. The morning brings with it a host of problems unforeseen where lies once told are slowly unraveling. Lies that threaten their charmed life.

Before We Met is the novel by Lucie Whitehouse that has been compared to Gone Girl. I really hope that every new novel that features a married...more
Leanne
Before We Met was a perfectly fine book – I finished it, which is a feat (recently, I was wondering why I have so few 1 and 2-star ratings, which led me to the theory that I have a very low tolerance for following through with anything I find slow or irritating), and I was compelled to keep turning the pages. However, that's one of its only merits, as the premise of the book is not particularly imaginative, the characters aren't particularly complex or developed, and the writing is fairly averag...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When Hannah watched her parent’s marriage fall apart, it tainted the idea of a happily-ever-after. Seeing your mother became a raving lunatic, frantically searching through pockets, desk drawers, etc. for clues to an affair that may or may not be happening could do that to a person. Rather than focusing on love, Hannah has always been career driven. She’s made somewhat of a name for herself in advertising and has managed building a lif...more
Blair
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

Lucie Whitehouse's first two novels, The House at Midnight and The Bed I Made, are among my favourite books. I found them both completely unputdownable, believable and compelling, with brilliant, very real characters. So as soon as I learned that her third book was due out in January 2014, I had to get my hands on a copy of Before We Met as quickly as humanly possible, and you can imagine how excited I was to read this advance copy.

That said, howe...more
Diane S.
I have always thought that the publishing of different genres always comes in waves and am so hoping that the vampire/shape-shifter novels are on there way out. Though I know there are plenty of readers who still like them and after all we who don't (like me) do not have trouble finding something else. Right now it seems as if Historical fiction and since the success of Gone Girl, psychological fiction as well are being published in mass. Since these are my two favorite genres this makes me very...more
Brenda
Hannah Reilly had been living in New York for a number of years, working in a job she enjoyed and meeting up with friends on the weekends, partying on the beach and generally enjoying life. Hannah was a Brit, having grown up with her family just outside London; her mother and brother Tom still lived there, Tom now married to Lydia with two children. He was always on Hannah’s case to meet a guy and settle down, get married, have kids. So the weekend she was once again partying with her friends an...more
Bonnie
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hannah has always held herself back from love for fear of becoming like her acrimonious mother after suffering through the divorce from her father. Her uncertainties ceased to exist when she meets Mark; a fellow Brit and a friend of a friend. They fall in love instantaneously and they are married shortly after. A few months in...more
Alexandra
I waited weeks to get this from the library. Have heard fairly good things about it. But I have to admit, the majority of the time, I was SO bored. I kept flicking through the pages and wondering how long it would take me to get through the story. That's never a good sign. This is not a book you will get lost in. I kept wondering when the hell it was going to end and I was painfully aware that I was reading it (as opposed to feeling transported into the story). In short, it was a chore.
The whol...more
Jessica Jeffers
I don't know what's going on with my brain lately, but I've been reading a ton of marriage-themed novels lately. And they're not happy marriage books, either. They're books about married couples who cheat on each other and let the little day-to-day minutiae of life eat away at their relationships.

Before We Met is a bit of a marriage novel, but it bills itself as a psychological thriller and is meant to cash in on the comparisons to Gone Girl. It's about Hannah, a Brit who lived in New York for...more
Patricia
I believe one of the true pleasures of reading a good book is the anticipation, the wondering what is going to happen next. This book was sure a nail-biter in that regard. Hannah has met and married the man of her dreams. She's a woman who has real trust issues, but she believes she has found her soul mate in Mark. He's perfect, handsome, suave, ambitious, driven, and successful. But then slowly she starts discovering little secrets that make her doubt him. She doubts him, he soothes away her do...more
Gail
May 22, 2014 Gail rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
I really wanted to rate this book 3.5 stars but gave it 4 instead of marking it down.

It is an unremarkable psychological thriller and it filled a gap whilst waiting for the next R J Ellory book to come out.

I won't go into he details of the plot save to say we have a mysterious, lying husband, Mark, and his wife, Hannah, who takes to sleuthing to uncover his lies.

I did enjoy it and it held my attention, reading it in one day, but the outcome is completely expected, as is most of the plot if I'...more
Michael
Hannah Reilly has seemingly taken her chance at happiness with both hands. For most of her life she was a free spirit who had great friends and was not prepared to settle down for anyone. But then along came Mark and her defences were blown away. Having met through mutual friends he is everything she want's in a man. Handsome and successful with his own bussiness Hannah has hit the jackpot and after a whirlwind romance the two get married and settle down in London. Everything apart from being ab...more
Liz Wilkins
**4.5 stars**

Psychological Thriller

Coming January 16th From Bloomsbury.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the advance copy via netgalley.

A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage. Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home…

Oh goody. Anyone that follows my reviews in various places will know that one of my favourite things is a well written twisty tale, so I put my brain into gear, surrounded myself with chocolate and dived into this one wi...more
Cleo Bannister
Hannah sits at Heathrow airport ready to greet her husband of eight months, realising he is not on the flight she expected she waits for the next one to arrive from JFK. In the early hours of the morning she returns home worried and alone. Instantly I was able to imagine myself in a similar situation and measure Hannah’s behaviour to how I believe I would behave, in short sympathise with her. When she finally receives word from Mark, it is to tell her that he will be away for the weekend without...more
Danielle (is feeling overwhelmed)
Read more reviews at What Danielle Did Next

One of my favourite activities on a rainy Saturday afternoon (in Ireland there are many!) is to settle down and watch old thrillers and mysteries like Hitchcock and Agatha Christie. BEFORE WE MET was my literary equivalent when I picked it up and found myself enthralled by the story of Hannah and Mark.

Hannah and Mark met in New York and after a whirlwind romance, now live in London in Mark's luxurious house. Hannah, a successful advertising exec in NY,...more
Mandy
Apr 14, 2014 Mandy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a throw-away cheap ebook
Shelves: kindle
Before We Met is billed as a psychological thriller. Hannah and Mark have been married all of 5 months after a 3 month courtship (as it were) and amazingly, Hannah discovers that she doesn't actually know anything about her new husband other than the stories he's told her. Over the course of a weekend, she discovers that he's been lying to her all this time (5 whole months!).

The novel uses flashbacks to corroborate Hannah's memories but as a result, for the first two-thirds of the book, not muc...more
Rachael
I liked the idea of this book, more than the book itself. The story of a woman who is recently married to a man, and then slowly finds herself not trusting him, for various reasons.
For me, the big thing about this book, was the characters itself. I just couldn't get myself to really care about any of them. Usually I would find myself being caught up in the main character, which was the wife in this case, but I just didn't. Yes, I did care certain times when things happened to her, but I wasn't r...more
Karen
I love a twisty, tension filled psychological thriller and this certainly didn’t disappoint. From the moment that newly married Hannah is left waiting at Heathrow for her husband Mark to return from a business trip from New York, the reader is left in no doubt that all is not well. Mark’s initial attempts to explain why he wasn’t on the flight and how he lost his phone don’t entirely convince Hannah, especially when she finds out that his colleagues were expecting him to be somewhere else and sh...more
Anastasia Løgstrup Riebs
Before We Met Lucie Whitehouse

Do we ever really know who we're sleeping with?

For British nationalist, Hannah, the world is her oyster; from childhood, she's dreamed of living in New York City, and with a high paying career as an advertising executive, she's accomplished just that. She's confident, successful, and sexy, and while her friends have all married themselves off and begun families, Hannah's night has only just begun.

That is, until she meets Mark Reilly, devastatingly handsome, charming
...more
Melanie Zhang
I received this book in advance from Bloomsbury via the Goodreads Giveaway, in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank-you to them for that!

As far as thrillers go, I'll admit it: I don't read them very often, and I haven't read Gone Girl, which this book is supposed to be similar to. The premise - woman marries a man who seems a little too perfect to be real, and indeed, he is too perfect to be real - is an old one, and easy to spot from ten miles; I had a fairly good idea where the book wa...more
Christine
This is a fairly good psychological thriller to pass the time with, if you have a few hours to spare. It is pretty straight-forward, with no real surprises.

The story is of a newly married woman, who starts to delve into the past of her husband after he fails to return home from a trip. She has an odd relationship with him or so I thought. Strangely enough, she married the man, but is unable to talk to him. Secrets start to unravel. Talking takes place, with a bit of murder thrown in.
Jane
This is one woman’s testimony; her own compelling account of what happpened to her.

You might call it a domestic thriller ….

Hannah had been working in New York for some years, she was professionally successful and happily single, where mutual friends introduced her to a fellow Briton. His name was Mark, and he was the owner of a highly successful and rapidly growing business. They clicked, their relationship blossomed, and they were married within a matter of months.

It wasn’t long after that that...more
Beadyjan
What a cracking thriller!

Hannah is a lucky young woman, she has a rich, handsome, successful, loving husband Mark and lives in a fabulous luxury home in London. Although she had to give up her own career in New York when they moved back to the UK where Marks' company's based and has been unsuccessful in getting herself a new job everything else in the garden is rosy for her ... but not for long.

We meet her when she is at the airport awaiting Marks return from yet another business trip back to th...more
Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars - Rollercoaster ride!

What a thrilling novel -- full of suspense and ever-changing direction as Hannah tries to figure out if her loving husband, the wealthy and handsome Mark Reilly, is telling her the truth. And, if not, what secrets is he hiding?

Hannah waits for Mark at Heathrow; he's supposed to return from a business trip to New York. When he's a no-show, she tries to call and email him and receives no response. Worried that something untoward has happened and told that he...more
Gloria
May 05, 2014 Gloria rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Gloria by: Book Club Recommendation
Hannah marries Mark following a ‘whirlwind’ romance after they met whilst working in New York. Neither of them had talked at length about their perspective families.

They decide to move back to England and when Mark fails to return home following a business trip Hannah starts to have doubts about her husband fidelity.

She discovers her bank account has been emptied and Mark’s financial documents have disappeared. Hannah goes in search of uncovering what is happening to her life.

This book was a ‘bo...more
CeeAnne
I picked this one up because I was in the mood for some suspense, and it definitely delivered. This is a twisty-turny fast-paced story. Although some things were a bit predictable, overall it was not. The only reason that I am marking it four stars instead of five is because I expected a little bit more at the ending. However, when a story delivers so much throughout the entire book then I am sure it's hard to end with a big bang. I would definitely read this author again.
Daisy Chain Books
Meet Hannah, a thirty-something New York City dwelling career girl and complete commitment-phobe. At least that was the old Hannah, the Hannah before she met Mark Reilly. Nowadays Hannah lives in a beautiful London townhouse where her days consist of jogging and job-hunting. But Hannah is happy. She’s married to Mark. Yes, their relationship and subsequent marriage may have been a complete whirlwind, and she may have had to give up her job and relocate because of it, but Hannah is certain she m...more
Emiluz
I'm a huge huge fan of the murder-mystery-forensic-suspense-psychological thriller books.

And probably because I've read a lot of novels in that genre that midway through this book, I had already suspected a twist -- and guessed it right before the end.

The novel would have garnered a higher rating if not for the wordiness of the writing. But if you could get yourself past that, then this book is quite ok.

It started out really really slow, like a domestic drama, and slowly built itself into the pl...more
Bree T
Hannah has always been a commitment-phobe. She watched her desperate, clingy mother drive her father away and she’s always vowed to never be the same. Although from England, Hannah has been living and working in New York and she meets Mark, also English, through friends. After a false start, it is a whirlwind courtship and they marry after just a few months. Hannah spends the first few months of their marriage still living in New York whilst Mark is in London but then she packs up her life, resi...more
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About Lucie Whitehouse

885506 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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