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Before We Met

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,042 Ratings  ·  987 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2014)
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Mar 04, 2014 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Jul 08, 2015 Kelly rated it it was ok
Okay, ladies, we need to talk. The review space for this book is going to get the brunt of something it probably doesn't deserve, but is a good example and there there is something that I just don't understand that we need to clear up. Dudes, I suppose that you can offer your opinions, but I'm not sure that you'll have as many answers to all of my questions.

So I've read a lot of romance novels over the course of my life. Starting far too early, I've been reading the fantasies of grown-ass women
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
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
Jun 21, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok
It's hard to give a thriller with no thrills much more than 2 stars. This was very predictable. There was lots of filler. You could just read every tenth page and you really wouldn't be missing too much. I think I'm a pretty tough reviewer of thrillers. Lately I feel like I'm pretty bored and it takes a really good one to surprise me. I'm going to take that as a hint that I need to lay off the genre for a while (with the exception of a few sure-fire amazing writers. Linwood Barclay and Paula Dal ...more
Linda Strong
Apr 22, 2016 Linda Strong rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Hannah Reilly is happily married to Mark. She has the perfect marriage ... until the day her husband doesn't come home from his business trip.

Hannah begins a search ... and finds that everything he has ever told her has been a lie. His parents are not dead ... he did not meet his best friends in college .... and he has always refused to talk about his brother, Nick. On top of that, her bank account has been wiped out.

When Mark finally shows up, she confronts him with his lies. And he tells her h
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
May 10, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was ok
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.
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Diane S ☔
Jan 01, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
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
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
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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
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
Mar 21, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
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
Oct 16, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-and-freebies
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 Barnsley
Nov 11, 2013 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it
**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
Cleo Bannister
Jan 04, 2014 Cleo Bannister rated it really liked it
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
Crystal Craig
This book was just okay. It lacked something.

When I begin a book, I need to be pulled into a story, and, unfortunately, this novel didn't have the punch to do that. I never connected with any of the characters - though my attention was somewhat held just enough that I managed to finish; if that makes any sense. I'm sort-of all over with my review, but I want to express my feelings without being too negative. I won't be pushing this book at anyone, but at the same time, just because it wasn't fo
May 22, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it
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'
Apr 14, 2014 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  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
Feb 28, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
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If I could go back to Before We (this book and I) Met and choose something else from the shelf I probably would. Before We Met is the latest psychological thriller riding on the coat-tails of the success of Gone Girl, as the genre begins to come into popularity. I was a huge fan of Gone Girl so when I picked up Before We Met, I found myself walking to the counter of my local bookstore before I even finished the blurb

This book left me qui
Jan 29, 2014 Rachael rated it did not like it
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
Jan 14, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 01, 2016 i. rated it liked it
This book seemed to me like a cautionary tale for women in their thirties or older who may think that it is still possible to marry a nice guy who is not a psychopath and I didn't like that idea but I liked the book. It makes you want to read on until you find out what is going on.

I recommend this book to fans of mystery novels ,but if you have just started dating somebody who seems to be the one, just don't read it because you may end up asking him endless questions about his past , his school
Jun 16, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
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.
Jun 22, 2015 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hannah has always wanted to choose a different path than her mother did. She has seen her mother's bitterness and wanted nothing to do with this kind of life. Growing up outside of London, in Malvern, she wants to get as far away as she can, so she goes to Manhattan.

Shying away from commitment, as she pursues her advertising career in New York, she is totally unprepared for Mark Reilly, the handsome, charming Brit who makes her feel at home again. A whirlwind romance, followed by marriage and a
Mar 14, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: If you want a book to keep you preoccupied for several hours.
As I was in the middle of Before We Met, I was ready to give this a lower rating (3 stars). However, as I continued, I realize that I was letting my personal feelings towards the main character affect my judgement on the product. Now that I have finished the book, I have to give credit where credit is due regardless of my desire to smack my forehead and shake my head at the characters.

It did take me a while to warm up to the story. But I can see how the author, Lucie Whitehouse, was using the ti
Feb 28, 2015 Dana rated it liked it
This is the second book this year that has left me a little perplexed at the end of the book as to how much I liked the book. I thoroughly enjoy Mystery Thriller books but this one left me a little bit bothered at the end. I can't rate this 4 stars but think it is a bit better than 3 stars, so I give it 3 1/2 stars.

Don't be fooled by the pretty cover and mistakenly think that this book is a sweet and romantic chick-lit book. At times the storyline is sickeningly sweet and romantic but also has a
Kerry Crisley
Dec 20, 2014 Kerry Crisley rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club-books
Mark could have avoided this whole mess with a single phone call to his wife. Jeez.
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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,
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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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