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The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall
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Nov 01, 10

Read in October, 2010

Psychological thrillers are not usually my fare, these days. I have found, on the whole, that many have now become too predictable and transparent for my taste.

The Woman Before Me, however, manages to do new things with the genre - so much so that I'd actually be disinclined to call it a psychological thriller, at all. To my mind, it's a finely crafted piece of observation. A precise study of human need - of the lengths we will sometimes go to to be loved, and the steps we will take to punish those who deny us this - it nevertheless has form and pace. The characters are rounded and real. We teeter between sympathy and revulsion, understanding and shared sense of despair.

Excellent stuff!
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