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While You Were Gone (Thought I Knew You #1.5)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
A Companion Novella to the NYT Bestseller Thought I Knew You

Despite Karen Caughee’s intense focus on her music, her life is drifting out of its lane. Her alcoholic mother keeps calling from bars for early-morning rides, her boyfriend doesn’t think she gets him, and that Toronto Symphony Orchestra position she applied for ends up going to her friend, Amy. By chance, she mee
Paperback, 115 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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Aug 10, 2016 BookLover rated it really liked it
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Red Adept Publishing in exchange for a honest review.

This was an interesting read for me. After having read the first book, “Thought I Knew You”, I went into this companion novel knowing what to expect. I got to find out some of the answers to Claire’s questions from the first book and got a bit of a glimpse into Greg.

This story is told from Karen’s point of view. She is having a rough go of it when she meets Greg and she falls head over he
Cathy Lamb
Oct 22, 2015 Cathy Lamb rated it it was amazing
Loved "While You Were Gone." It's the sequel to "Thought I Knew You" which left us with the question of what happened to Greg, the husband.

In Karen Caughee's life, everything is a mess. Her job with the Toronto Symphony where she's a violinist, her mother who is an alcoholic, her boyfriend who you want to beat up because he's a jerk.

Then there's Greg, captivating and interesting, who you can't quite piece together, an accident, falling in love and the lies, deceits, cover ups and mysteries begi
Aug 25, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: A fascinating look at the other side of the story.

Karen feels like her life is suddenly falling apart. Last night, she retrieved her drunk, alcoholic mother from the bar at three in the morning, the night before her big audition. Thus, her audition for the principal violinist chair was a disaster, then later that night, her boyfriend breaks up with her. Just when she thinks she has hit rock bottom, Karen meets a wonderful man at the bar, but as she leaves in the cab, she
Laurie Carlson
I love this author’s writing a LOT! The way this author writes, she is 'very' talented! I read and reviewed Thought I Knew You and I loved the book! I gave it a five star rating, too, because it truly deserved it. I highly suggest reading that book first, in the order these were written. After the first book, this can be read, if so desired, as a follow-up. If not read that way, I know this book WILL take away from the first book, and very well may take a lot away from the first book if you read ...more
Sep 24, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is not your usual romance. Karen Caughee has had some really rough days lately. She’s a concert violinist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and lost her bid for concertmistress that she thought was a shoe-in. Her longtime boyfriend, a local music teacher, tells her there’s really nothing between them and admits he’s met someone else. Her dad left years ago and her mom is a somewhat functioning alcoholic who needs to be hauled home from the local bar on a regular basis. And Karen is the one ...more
Mary Fan
Dec 12, 2015 Mary Fan rated it it was amazing
WARNING: This review will be a bit spoiler-y to those who haven't read Kate's first novel, Thought I Knew You.

Let me start by saying I'm coming into this novella biased for a number of reasons. First of all, I'm a huge fan of Kate Moretti's previous works: Thought I Knew You and Binds That Tie. Secondly, I'm a sucker for books about classical music, and OMG THE HEROINE'S AN ORCHESTRA VIOLINIST!!! Thirdly, I like Kate's writing so much that I published her myself in Brave New Girls, the anthology
Aimie Runyan
Sep 01, 2015 Aimie Runyan rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Kate Moretti's since her first book, and was thrilled when I learned she was writing a novella to tell us Greg's story from Thought I Knew You. This novella is taut and engrossing, as is typical for Moretti's work, but it also gives us some background that allows us to see the story from the point of view of "the other woman". Karen is not a home-wrecking shrew, but rather a hard-working musician in need of love and support. Greg swoops in on the worst two days of her life a ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Anaïs rated it did not like it
This review was originally posted on Fifty Shades of Books

1out of 5Stars

*** ARC granted in exchange for an honest review ***

Karen Caughee has a world of problems on her hands: an alcoholic mother, a brother who doesn't care, a boyfriend who just broke up with her, and a failed violin audition as the above constantly preoccupies her.And the cherry on the icing:the car accident that happened during that same day, that leaves her with a broken arm and a broken leg.

With no family or friends looking
Aug 23, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
I was given an ARC of While You Were Gone from NetGalley for an honest review and this is this the review.
I had such mixed feelings for this book I don't know where to begin. I know it is a novella leading up to the main book and it was written to give more information on Karen and Greg's past but to me this book was written to make Greg look like a jerk and Karen a victim but I took it the other way. If you are going to pick a guy up at a bar, kiss him on the sidewalk drunk off your booty, then
Jun 25, 2016 LJT rated it really liked it
While You Were Gone by Kate Moretti is an engaging story that I enjoyed very much. It is about professional violinist Karen Caughee, and Greg Randolf, a trainer/lecturer that travels a lot for his company. While working in Toronto, Greg and Karen meet at a bar, where Karen is doing a nice job of drowning her sorrows. They leave together and Karen gets into a cab alone. A few moments later, there is an accident which puts her in the hospital. For the short-term, Karen's violin career with the Tor ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story about Karen, a violinist with the TSO who has lost her passion for music, she is fed up with being the only one dealing with her alcoholic mother (her brother never helps) and although she has a boyfriend, their relationship is rocky. Her life changes dramatically the day she meets Greg as this is also the day she is involved in a car accident and ends up in hospital. Throughout the ensuing few mo
Aug 26, 2015 JMV rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-review
Received from Netgalley for a honest review. While You Were Gone is a novella that shows the missing part of the book I Thought I Knew You. We get to learn about Karen and her take on what happen in Toronto with Greg. I feel for Karen and how her life was when she meet Greg. I diffently understand how Greg got catch up but still don't excuse him for what was done. You could read this novella alone but I highly recommend that you read Katie Moretti's first part to this story. This book gives away ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Hana rated it really liked it

first time reading this author & i will FOR SURE read more from her!
i like the writing style, i like the story and i liked the characters.

i didn't like the ending which seemed somewhat rushed (view spoiler) AND i noticed one thing...

this confrontation between Karen (the other woman) & Claire (the wife). the characters seem focused on each other & there is a really strong air of animosity between them... but none of
Nov 14, 2015 Holly rated it it was amazing
This is a excellent novella to Thought I Knew You from Kate Moretti!

It's the untold story of Karen's point of view of how she and Greg's love affair began. Karen is a violinist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra until fate would throw her for a loop and a 48 hour time period where everything goes wrong. She meets Greg during this time and he makes her want everything with him. I'm not gonna give too much away but at the end, she is truly happy with what she has and a future she never saw coming!!
Aug 28, 2015 Shari rated it it was ok
I didn't read the first book about Claire and Greg, so I had no context or background for this story. Reading this, I knew he was married, but I thought maybe the married couple had moved on and these two characters could be together. I did not like this book. I did not like either main characters. The story goes from one month of Greg being gone for good, to her her barely meeting Cal, to then two years later jump in time and being with Cal. I thought there was a malfunction with my kindle and ...more
Gina Wojcik
Aug 25, 2015 Gina Wojcik rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I was asked to read this book and give an honest review by net galley. I tried to give this book a chance, but found it to be a very slow start. I was bored with it, and it did not keep my interest. I will not read any more books by this author.
Aug 23, 2015 Alaina rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novella. I loved it and read it in no time because it was so good. It is not your typical romance but it is great. My full review is on http://bookreviewsandwallpapers.blogs...

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
Oct 06, 2015 Melinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This is a stand-alone novella based on Thought I Knew You. This was my first read from this author, and I expect more books are coming from this author.

Even though this is a story about a young lady in her twenties she has suffered a lot by the people in her life, even by the ones who are suppose to love her and protect her at a young age. Sometimes a child has to take on more responsibility than they should have to because a parent or parents are neglectful, addicted to drugs or an alcoholic, o
Sep 20, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. While this was a companion novel to Thought I Knew You I felt like it was a standalone book. Karen is in a place in her life where everything seems bleak. Dealing with her alcoholic mother in the middle of the night leads to her being less than stellar for her audition for the position at the orchestra she has been waiting her whole career. The day isn't over yet until her boyfriend decides he doesn't want ...more
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Jun 02, 2016 Emma obsessed book reviews bramley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
what a fab read, was really hooked, couldn't put it down. the story line contains many twists and turns which seem to creep up on you. the characters were well written and worked really well with the story line. the author has written a fantastic story which will leave you wanting more
highly recommended
Jayne Burnett
Oct 27, 2015 Jayne Burnett rated it liked it
Thank you to Net Galley & Red Adept Publishing for an ARC of this book. An enjoyable quick read. It re tells the story of Thought I Knew You from Karen's perspective.
Karen is single & plays the violin in an orchestra- she has just broken up with her boyfriend & meets Greg that same evening in a bar. He lies to Karen from the offset.
They have been having a relationship for a year when Karen discovers he is married. Greg tells her he will not leave his wife Claire. He leaves Karen's a
Katlynn Parsons
Aug 26, 2015 Katlynn Parsons rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Katlynn by: NetGalley
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While You Were Gone is a breathtakingly stunning account of a young woman's struggle with the pressures of a broken family, a failing career, and a new relationship.

Karen has let her love of music distract her from the turmoil of her home life for her whole life. Now she's passed over for a position she was 'made for' and an accident leaves her unable to even play for months.

A new relationship helps rebuild, but will it do
Sep 08, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Received via NetGalley and Red Adept Publishing in exchange for an completely unbiased review.
Also posted on Silk & Serif
I originally didn't realize that While You Were Gone was a novella attached to another of Moretti's works called Thought I Knew You. I actually had no idea until I was probably half way through when I started realizing that half of Greg's story was MIA. I wasn't particularly surprised by the subject matter of the book, early on you get an idea of what's actually going on
Charlotte Lynn
Sep 01, 2015 Charlotte Lynn rated it it was amazing
Have you ever finished a book and wondered what the rest of the story was? What happen to a character? In 2012 I read Thought I Knew You by Kate Moretti and was left with these questions about Greg. While You Were Gone answers these questions. Yet it does not tell the rest of the story as far as continuing where the first book ended. This book tells the rest of the story. It tells about the character, Greg, who was missing for a lot of the story. What was he up to? Where was he?

This is Greg and
Angel Hatfield
Sep 13, 2015 Angel Hatfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, reviews
Tig calls Karen to come get her mom Paula at the bar yet again. Karen played the violin and was auditioning for concert mistress. She had almost 20 years of training and the audition the next morning. Her boyfriend is Scott but only makes half-hearted attempts to see her lately after four years of being together. While at the bar, she meets a stranger and her life is about to change.
I loved the way Karen changed and grew and found happiness in many ways. All of the characters were well done. The
Kelly Akemann
Aug 19, 2015 Kelly Akemann rated it liked it
I had to get over the fact that Greg did a bad thing. Once I was able to do that (which goes against all my moral fibers), I liked the story. But I also felt as though I was missing huge chunks of a story here. There were backstories for sure but I felt I was missing big things within the story. I knew right away that he was doing naughty deeds but I still actually liked him a little. I felt that if this was a bit longer, I probably would have liked it more.

I received this story in exchange for
Susan Becraft
Sep 12, 2015 Susan Becraft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The real end!

I loved Thought I Knew You, as I have loved every book written by Katie Moretti, and was surprised to find its sequel. Having not felt left up in the air like other readers apparently were, I was not entirely sure a final conclusion was necessary. I was wrong! Wanting to reveal nothing about Thought I Knew You, I will say that this novella can stand on its own. It is more meaningful, however, knowing the details of the relationship between Karen, a concert violinist, and Greg, her s
Oct 25, 2015 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2015
While You Were Gone is billed as a companion novella to Moretti's NYT bestseller, While You Were Out and has a brief note at the beginning that explains the connection. The extremely short version of that is one of the characters in the first novel disappears and this story adds some perspective to what happened. I read the note and immediately forgot it. It's been a few years since I read the first book and I didn't go back and refresh my memory until I was done reading. It turns out that you d ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Ann rated it liked it
This novella is advertised as a companion to another book that I didn't read. It was pretty good as a stand alone story about a Canadian woman and her life with an alcoholic mother and a brother busy with his own life. She has boyfriend problems and career issues but she eventually finds her own solution.
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Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passa
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