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Before We Met

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  11,457 Ratings  ·  1,203 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
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2014)
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Ashley I would say it gets a bit more interesting around page 100 or a bit more later on. I found it boring as well and basically had to make myself read it…moreI would say it gets a bit more interesting around page 100 or a bit more later on. I found it boring as well and basically had to make myself read it to just complete it! I would recommend Gone Girl if you haven't already read it. It is much more interesting and thrilling lol!(less)

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karen
Oct 17, 2013 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
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Kelly
Jul 03, 2015 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
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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
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
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Lisa
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
Dannii Elle
What would you do if your husband did not return from a business trip to America when he was supposed to, with a string of explanations to excuse his absence? How would you feel if his assistant and business partner had thought you were away on a romantic trip to Rome together? For Hannah this is her current reality, and whilst she attempts to uncover this current mystery past secrets keep emerging that make it harder and harder to know exactly who she is married to.

This was a solid thriller, th
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Diane S ☔
Oct 22, 2013 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
F
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, dont-like, uk
This was another book that my receptionist in work gave me to read.
"because you liked Gone Girl"
It was nothing like Gone Girl.
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
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Alexandra
May 02, 2014 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.
The whol
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Larry H
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A number of times while I was reading Lucie Whitehouse's new novel, Before We Met, I thought to myself, this is kind of like one of those flicks on Lifetime Movie Network. You know the ones I'm talking about. But believe me when I tell you, that description isn't a bad thing, because this book hooked me completely from start to finish, even as I had an idea about how things would unfold.

On what seems like just a typical Friday night, Hannah Reilly decides to surprise her husband Mark by meeting
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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
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Kerry Crisley
Oct 19, 2014 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.
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

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
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Patricia
Oct 16, 2013 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
Linda Strong
Jan 20, 2016 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
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 08, 2013 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
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Karen
Jan 10, 2014 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
Jessica
Mar 19, 2014 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
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Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a tough book to rate! I ended up very gripped by the story, so I went with a 4 over a 3 (maybe it should be a 3.5?). The beginning was slow, and there were a few points in which I had literally no idea where the story was going--the momentum stopped for a bit but there were a million questions remaining. It ends up being twisty and with tons of shocks and twists. The entire ending is heart-pounding as it heads to the ultimate reveal. I recommend this book to psychological thriller lover ...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
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Michael
Feb 01, 2014 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
Cleo Bannister
Jan 04, 2014 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
Gail
May 21, 2014 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'
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Christine
Jun 10, 2014 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.
Maria Alice
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Foi a primeira vez que tive contacto com a escrita desta aurora. Posso dizer que adorei ficamos completamente presas até ao final do livro. O enredo é fantástico.
Jane
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
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
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Leslie
Mar 12, 2015 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
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Dana
Feb 03, 2015 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
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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.

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