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The Woman He Loved Before

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  4,335 ratings  ·  385 reviews
Libby has a nice life with a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her ? and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. Eventually Libby stumbles across ...more
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Sharon
Libby and Jack are involved in a terrible car accident where Libby has to be cut out of the car. Jack is uninjured but Libby is in a critical condition and suffers a bad head injury along with many cuts and bruises. After spending quite some time in hospital she starts to recover and eventually Jack is allowed to take her home.
The story flashes back to Jack and Libby's lives before the accident and we we discover how they met which was when Libby was purchasing her first car. Her first impressio
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Shaz Goodwin
What an absorbing read that tells of love, choices and the consequences of how the past affects the future! It reminds us that what you see isn’t always what you get!

The prologue is enough on it’s own to hook you in - as we know from reading the blurb, Jack was married to Eve before Libby and there are secrets. The prologue confirms that things might not be exactly what they seem. The minute you start reading the first page, you have a question that you need to know the answer to - which you kn
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Leah
I love Dorothy Koomson. The first novel I read of hers was Marshmallows For Breakfast a couple of years back. I thought it was an excellent read but it was incomparable to her novel released in 2010 The Ice Cream Girls, that was… there are few words to describe just how amazing The Ice Cream Girls really was. I then went back and read the book that made Dorothy famous, My Best Friend’s Girl and for the third book running, I loved it. Dorothy Koomson is just so talented at getting to the heart of ...more
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As always with Dorothy Koomson, I am unsure that she falls into the Chick Lit genre as her books always have an element of drama about them. Her books always seem to radiate true emotion and I always finish one of her books feeling sad that I have to wait for another. This book was no different and as I write my review I can't help but be annoyed that I will again have to wait what seems like forever for another one of her books.

This particular story seems at first glance to be a straight cut st
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Jenni
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Maria
Quando li o livro "A filha da minha melhora amiga" fiquei completamente conquistada pela escrita desta autora. Com vontade de ler todos os livros que eram publicados por ela... não consegui ler todos ainda, claro, mas dos que li alguns gostei mais que outros, o que acho ser normal, pois nunca se consegue agradar sempre.

Por isso foi com expectativa que peguei neste livro para o ler. O inicio foi o mais banal possivel, pelo menos para mim, mas a partir de certa altura, sentia-me tão empolgada em s
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Iola
Dorothy Koomson's early books were quite clearly in the chick-lit category, written from the perspective of a Black British woman. They were bright and upbeat yet more challenging than the usual chick-lit, stories of middle-class women facing difficult decisions, without some of the idiocy typical in the genre.

The Woman He Loved Before was different - while it still had an educated Black woman (Libby) facing difficult decisions, the backstory was much darker, much more challenging. Libby is marr
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Gemma (Passion for Novels)
Well, I'm a huge Dorothy Koomson fan anyway but this book is her best yet! The two intricate stories were told with such care and attention to the links between the past and the present.

Story 1
Libby, a woman who at the beginning of the novel is in a critical condition after being in a car accident. We then look into her past to establish the relationship between her and her husband. Jack, who links all three of the stories together and is to some extent a progtagonist to the events which take
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Chelle
Amazing book. Beautifully written. Think I may be a little in love with Dorothy Koomson and her books. :)
rubywednesday
This isn't a book I would ordinarily choose to read. But since my sister kept telling me to read it and I quite enjoyed another Koomson book, I was happy to give it a go.

I liked it...with reservations.

I'm not fond of some of the ways Koomson chose to tell this story. The switching povs were jarring at times. The diaries, while well structured, are not generally a form of story telling I'm fond of. And I loathe when a first person narrator refers to whatever secret a story holds and remains vague
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Paula pccst
Sendo fã de Dorothy Koomson, não poderia deixar de ler o seu novo romance: “O Outro amor da vida dele”. Com uma sinopse para lá de sugestiva, este livro revelou-se uma história viciante e de leitura compulsiva. Aparentemente centrado no casamento de Libby com Jack, Dorothy reserva-nos uma grande surpresa, a entrada de Eve na narração, a falecida mulher de Jack, que nos proporciona revelações surpreendentes sobre a sua vida desde adolescente até pouco depois do seu casamento. É aqui que a narraçã ...more
Betty
Koomson manages to dream up the most appalling human beings for her antagonists, and yet they are totally believable. Her psychological thrillers twist and turn, keeping you on the edge of your seat, as she explores the murky underworld of human emotions and motives.

What I like about her writing is the fine line she treads. Although this novel is centered about a woman who has worked as a prostitute, Koomson does not shy away from the details of what was involved, nor does she dwell on them. En
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Neide Parafitas
Libby tem (aparentemente) um casamento maravilhoso com Jack. Mas aos poucos vai-se apercebendo de que existe uma sombra entre eles, algo que está mal resolvido na vida de Jack, e sabe que está relacionado com a primeira mulher deste: Eve.

Por essa razão, Libby decide investigar o passado do marido e acaba por encontrar os diários de Eve. Poderão eles dar-lhe a resposta que procura??

Libby mergulha assim nas páginas da vida de Eve e descobre algumas verdades assustadoras que a fazem questionar se n
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Patricia Rodrigues
Este é o quarto livro que leio de Dorothy Koomson, sendo que já há uns anos que não lia nada da autora e nem sei explicar porquê.
Neste livro, conhecemos Libby que é a segunda mulher de Jack, e que após um grave acidente sente que precisa de saber mais sobre Eve, a falecida mulher de Jack.
A verdade é que Dorothy Koomson é exímia a transmitir-nos emoções e a fazer-nos sentir empatia com as personagens e este livro não foi excepção. É certo que é não me fez chorar como os anteriores livros que li d
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Cathy
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I assumed it would be chick-lit, but it turned out to be so much more. Very suspenseful and well written. Well developed characters. A real page turner.
Nikki
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This is the first novel I’ve read by Dorothy Koomson, and despite the synopsis, I had anticipated a fairly light read. What I got instead was a dark, incredible story that has easily earned itself a place as one of my favourite books.

As the story begins, Libby and her husband, Jack, have been in a car crash. Jack is OK, but Libby’s airbag didn’t deploy and she’s very lucky to have survived. While the crash could simply have been an unfortunate accident, there is an
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Deviki
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Filipa
4,5 stars

como visto aqui


Libby e Jack são um casal que tem tudo para ser feliz. Mas este casamento tem uma sombra, que impede que haja um verdadeiro compromisso pela parte de Jack. A sua primeira mulher, Eve, morreu de uma forma algo suspeita e Jack ainda não conseguiu superar a perda do seu primeiro amor, apesar de estar convencido disso.
Libby sabe disso e até certo ponto compreende, mas começa a ficar cansada da sombra e da tensão que Eve traz à relação que tem com Jack. Até que esta começa a
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Netty
I have leant this book to a friend and although she as never read any of Dorothy Koomson I would have preferred if she had read one of her other more stronger books - such as 'Best Friends girl'It's not that I disliked this book but I did find the plot a bit weak. I do admit to having this annoying habit of figuring out the end of a book and unfortunately this book was no different.

I initially loved both Libby and Jack. I enjoyed their banter. Libby and her front-line honesty and Jacks perplexi
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Sama Elkady
Dorothy Koomson never fails to satisfy my love for reading, she keeps writing the kind of books that everyone would read over and over again, her books are superb! Her writing is magnificent and the way she writes from different characters' perspectives gives her books a unique glamour. Her books aren't just my recommendation to every bookworm out there, her books are a constant reminder that a book is really worth reading and inspiring.
The Woman He Loved Before is no different than the rest of
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Uci
Jujur saja, saya mengira akan mendapatkan cerita yang 'sederhana' saat memilih buku ini. Seperti yang saya temukan saat menonton Message in A Bottle, yang sama-sama berkisah tentang wanita yang mesti bersaing dengan mendiang istri kekasihnya. Kisah yang menyayat hati, namun saya nikmati dengan bergelung di depan tv sambil terisak-isak sendiri. Message in A Bottle berpusat pada dua tokoh utama, saya lupa nama mereka tapi dalam film diperankan oleh Kevin Costner dan Robin Wright Penn, sementara sa ...more
Cata
4,5 estrelas

Dorothy Koomson não cessa de me surpreender. As suas personagem são tão reais que poderiam facilmente ser eu mesma ou alguém com quem me cruzo na rua no dia-a-dia. As suas qualidades, defeitos, receios, segredos, escolhas e fantasmas do passado enredam-se numa trama surpreendente que aborda temas difíceis e dolorosos de forma magistral.

Esta é a história de Jack, Libby e Eve. Gostei imenso destas três personagens e do que elas me transmitiram. Jack para mim representa a ironia da vida
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Abi Lowe
I was really looking forward to this book as I've thoroughly enjoyed reading 'My Best Friend's Girl' and 'The Chocolate Run' by Dorothy Koomson. This book has such great reviews but in my opinion, it isn't really worthy of them. All reviews speak of a huge twist at the end but as soon as the character that is involved in the huge twist is introduced, I guessed the ending already. If I hadn't have guessed it, I would have enjoyed the book much more but it all seemed a bit predictable to me. Also, ...more
Ema
Esta autora tem-me surpreendido, nunca pensei gostar tanto das suas histórias. Esta foi um pouco diferente, no sentido em que a morte e o assassínio são temas bastante presentes. Morri de medo pelas personagens e houve alturas em que me senti psicologicamente afetada. A vida da Eve perturbou-me de uma forma que nenhuma outra história o fez. Já li outros livros sobre temas fortes e complicados, mas nunca me tinha sentido tão perto de uma personagem, quase como se sentisse na pele dela... Não sent ...more
Karen
This book is brillant. It starts where Libby and Jack have been in a car accident. Libby is in a bad way, she has to be cut out of the car. The accident plays the main part of the book, because Jack (her husband) was married before her and his first wife died.

You get a run down on how Libby and Jack got together and he tells her a little bit about his first wife Eve. But when Libby gets home from hospital she starts wanting to know what happened to Eve and she keeps thinking about her and also J
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Gayle
I picked this up in the library thinking of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca (which I will have to read now - have only seen the Olivier film) as it centres on the relationship between a second wife and her husband and the impact of the death of the first wife on that relationship. I would not have been able to foresee how this story would unfold. You start off thinking one thing about the first wife and her life but then realise halfway through how wrong you were. Maybe there were a few too many twi ...more
Joana
Tinha grandes expetativas para este livro e até se cumpriram, no entanto tinha uma pequenina esperança de gostar mais do que Um erro inocente, mesmo sabendo que seria muito difícil. Na minha opinião, este livro não conseguiu superar o último da autora.

Tendo alguns pontos em comum, para mim a grande diferença é esta: no Erro, não desfazendo das personagens, o melhor foi o enredo, enquanto que neste as personagens superaram o enredo - estou a falar da Eve, que achei inesquecível, o Jack e a Libby
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Katie Q
You could be forgiven to thinking that this book will be very stereotype in the way it develops. Do not be fooled. It is a compelling and compassionate story that will keep the pages turning.
Delaney Diamond
I was a little leery about reading this book because of it’s length, but it was a fast read which I gobbled in only two days. It’s a combination between an interracial romance and a suspense—but outside of the categories, it’s simply good writing. The pacing was excellent, the twists, turns, and reveals kept me glued to the pages, and I read the entire thing with a heavy weight in the pit of my stomach because I was so nervous about the outcome. Like I said, good writing.

The story is about Libby
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Hello, my name's Dorothy Koomson and I'll try to make this bit that's all about me as interesting as possible.
I wrote my first novel called There's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate when I was 13. I used to write a chapter every night then pass it around to my fellow convent school pupils every morning, and they seemed to love it.

I grew up in London and then grew up again in Leeds when I went to u
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“I would rather have nothing than something that was only alright.” 15 likes
“He seems to have become a part of my life and I'm disappointed if I don't see him. If I get to the end of the day without seeing someone who reminds me of him, I feel as if a dull shadow has fallen over me.” 12 likes
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