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The Wife Before Me

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,995 ratings  ·  398 reviews
One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.

Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other.

Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published August 24th 2018 by Bookouture (first published August 22nd 2018)
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok

Okay, Tip Number One: If some dude picks you up at your mom's funeral and says that he came alive when you shared a glance over your mom's coffin...

...and you later learn that his first wife died in mysterious circumstances?

Maybe, just maybe, you give this dude a hard pass.

If he starts beating the crap out of you on page 10 and it doesn't stop for a few hundred tedious, repetitive, soul crushing pages? Maybe you believe your friends when they say they will help.

And lastly, if a book is
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 compelling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a captivating, page turning, dark, and disturbing read....

This book starts off reading like a romance... Elena is grieving the death of her mother so when she meets Nicholas who is grieving the death of his wife she feels as though she has found a kindred spirit.... Nick is compassionate and understanding... he is exactly what Elena needs to get herself through the grieving period... they have a whirlwind romance and soon Elena has moved in with Nick... but what
Sumit RK
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The synopsis describes this book as “A totally breathtaking page-turner about the darker side of love and what really goes on behind closed doors” and it delivers what it promises.

Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison at her mother’s funeral. Elena finds emotional support in Nicholas and both soon get romantically involved and start living together. But what seems to be a match made in heaven soon turns into a nightmare. Nicholas’s dark past and the mysterious disappearance of his first wife; Am
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
A dark and very disturbing physiological drama at its best.

The last book I read by this author didn’t grab me so well, and I’ve loved her previous books. This book sure made up for it.

There are varied reviews on this one and I’ve been hesitant to read it, no, scared to because I love this authors style of writing and how she breathes life into her many characters, and after her last book and a few trusted friends not enjoying it so much I was holding back.

I wish I had read this sooner.

Twists, tu
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Elena meets Nicholas at her Mother’s funeral, he is also grieving at the loss of his wife Amelia and seems to be the perfect gentleman. He is caring and sensitive to her grieving but is deadlier than a lethal snake and twice as dangerous!!

Boy this book was dark and had me at the edge of my seat several times, there are several twists and lots of secrets to be revealed.

The ending was fast paced and I found myself quickly reading it as I was desperate to see how it ended!!

A must read for anyone
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick thoughts: Elena and Nicholas are both grieving and have fallen in love. She lost her mother, and he lost his wife in a tragic accident. Only Elena learns she doesn’t know Nicholas at all, and it’s important to her to find out what happened to his wife. The Wife Before Me is a gripping page-turner and one that kept me up late to finish.

I received a gifted copy from the publisher.

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Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
'The Wife Before Me' is crime writer Laura Elliot's seventh psychological thriller, but unfortunately I did have quite a few issues with it, just as others did.

The plot begins like a romance novel, and i'm not a reader of the genre, so this was quite a surprise to me. It was a rather heavy-handed romance too, I feel the author laid it on thick! I am always willing to read a challenging and intricately plotted book, but there is a cut-off point. This book certainly became a little confusing and c
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: She tried to grip the edge of the bath and stand, but her fingers slid helplessly away. She was unable to struggle when he gripped her legs and pulled her down, shoved her head under the water. It roared in her ears, filled her mouth, blinded her. This was her nightmare, her memory, ready to claim her once again. She surfaced, gasping. She had to escape but her body was flaccid and she was unable to find the strength to push him away. He was smiling when he forced her down again. Blackn ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Amelia Madison’s car slid into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Although it appeared that she had escaped the vehicle, she was not a swimmer...her body was never found.

Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison at her mother’s funeral.

Excerpt of what Nicholas says a few months later: “ Do you remember that glance we exchanged as your mother was laid to rest? That’s when my heart began to beat again.”

Gag! I am not a reader of romance. I really wanted to skim through the courtship phase of
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Wife Before Me is a brooding read of which you can feel the tension growing through out.

At times this was an uncomfortable read due to the subject matter. From the outside Nicholas is the perfect catch. When we, as well as Elena, get to know him better, well my opinion of him soon changed. He certainly seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders having loved and lost his previous wife but appearances can be deceiving and like Elena, I was keen to know more about his previous marri
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Elena meets Nicholas at her mother’s funeral who is also recovering from his wife Amelia’s death.Soon Elena and Nicholas start dating and they move in together and that’s when Nicholas dark side is revealed. When the physical and emotional abuse starts Elena begins to wonder what actually happened to Amelia

The Wife Before Me is divided into three parts going back and forth between present ,past and present again.It is well written book with lots of strong characters on a difficult subject of dom
Mandy White
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
I really struggled with this book for several reasons - most of all that most of the story felt like so many other books that I have read recently. I have read a lot of great reviews for this book so I know that I am in the minority and I wish that I liked it more.

Elena meets Nicholas 2 years after the mysterious death of his first wife. They start dating and then move in together. That is when Elena sees the dark side of Nicholas - it is like he is different person. Domestic violence and mental
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...

This book was a gripping psychological thriller that pulls you in from the very first page and captivates you until the very last page.

In the very first chapter we are quickly introduced to Amelia who has a lot on her mind. She is quickly unravelling. Amelia is the first wife of Nicholas, a handsome and confident man who seems to be perfect in every way.

Flash forward to when Elena meets Nicholas. Elena attends her mothe
Rheama Heather
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Reeling from her mother’s death, Elena falls in love with Nicholas, a successful man recovering from his own tragedy - the drowning disappearance of his first wife. As the two survivors build a life together, Amelia’s lingering presence only seems to grow stronger. Will Elena ever have Nicholas all to herself?

There’s a core idea at the heart of this book that could have resulted in a thrilling read. Unfortunately, that simple spark is lost among superfluous characters (who all seem to have dead
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Wife Before Me is a great suspense book about a married couple Elena and Nicholas. Nicolas and Elena are still haunted by his ex wife Amelia. Exciting page tuner.
Sherri Thacker
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
The domestic violence is just too much for me in this book. I can’t stand the characters so I’m abandoning it at 25%. Just not for me.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hate when a man uses his fists to win an argument.

I hate when a man manipulates the woman to believe that she deserves it

I hate when a man likes getting his way around, undermining a woman’s confidence.

And I hate when a man uses the woman’s bank balance as his personal investment back-up.

And this book had all that, and the man not only found one such woman, but he got two of them to believe him. The story made my skin crawl. The physical abuse was atrocious leading one woman to drive her car i
Donna Hines
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Two years ago after the passing of Amelia the first wife we meet Elena Langdon who thought she met her knight in shining armour with Nicholas Madison. She had plenty on her plate at that time including the loss of her mom and as she grieved so too did Nicholas.
Now she's moved in with Nicholas but she may not know what she's in for nor what he's done to Amelia until letters are located.
Amelia's care was found at the bottom of the ocean near Mason's Pier . She died instantly.
Was this a plea for he
Aug 30, 2018 added it
PSA -- Ladies, if you meet a man at your mother's funeral and you find out that he has a wife who died under suspicious circumstances and her body was never recovered -- don't hook up with him!

Unfortunately, Elena Langdon did not heed that warning and got together with Nicholas Madison anyway. His wife, Amelia, looms as the third person in their relationship from the very beginning. But Nicholas is so charming and just insinuates himself into Elena's life, finally getting her to agree to a commi
Shawna P.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley-read
I have no clue what to rate this....maybe 3.5 stars because I am feeling confused.

Nicholas is a crap husband whose ex wife Amelia died after her car sank into the sea. Now Nicholas is married to Elena who is starting to have second guesses about her new husband. Here's the good about this book. The characters were very well written and you got to experience the feelings both women had. However....that's where the good kind of ends. I hate writing reviews that are less than four stars because I
Renita D'Silva
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's books. She is one of those authors whose books I pick up blindly, without needing to know anything about the book, knowing that whatever she chooses to write about, I will enjoy. Her books make me think while also transporting me to the world she has crated. And with every single book she ups her game! This is by far her best book and this is not something I say lightly as I have absolutely LOVED every single one of her books - they are exquisitely written. This author is at ...more
Erin Clemence
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel.

3.5 stars rounded to 4

One evening, Amelia Madison drives her car into the water, never to be heard from again. Two years later, her husband, Nicholas Madison, meets Elena, a woman dealing with the death of her mother, and the two bond over shared grief. Elena quickly realizes that Nicholas is not who he seems. He has a violent temper, and is able to manipulate anyone. Elena is now stuck in a violent, unh
The Wife Before Me has a fairly intricate plot along the lines of popular psychological domestic thrillers. A woman marries a man who may not what he appears on the surface and there is a mystery surrounding the fate of his previous wife. However, the writing was not executed as well as it could have been and I felt like it was trying to be too many things at once. The beginning reads more like a kitschy romance and then then it descends into detail of abuses and scams that felt like they should ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded down to 3 ( just wasn’t special enough to give 4 stars) I read this thriller really quickly because I found it an easy read and I did enjoy it . There was nothing ‘ new’ in this book and I often felt I had read this plot before , however it did entertain over the Christmas break .

Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up! RTC I love that a book that redeems itself in the second half!
Jenna | JennaStopReading
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Cats’ Mother
This tense domestic suspense thriller covers ground which has been well trodden in recent years - abuse by a charming psychopath concealed by an apparently perfect marriage, so if you read a lot in this genre, which I have this year, the basic premise will feel very familiar. There is a slightly unusual spin on things, however, which I liked once I worked out what was going on.

Returning to Ireland after the unexpected death of her mother after several years in Australia, Elena is distraught and
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced psychological thriller, which focuses on some of societies dirty little secrets. Bravo to Ms. Elliot for bringing these (too often) "behind closed doors" and "out of sight, out of mind" tragic injustices (Still) plaguing our nation into the forefront via one of her much read/far reaching novels. What a great vehicle for educating and empowering people to stand up and be heard.

Start to finish this one does not slow down and the brutally realistic depictions happening with/to the char
Donna Maguire

I am a fan of this author's book so I was delighted to see that she had a new book coming out and jumped at the chance of getting my hands on a copy! I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and the suspense that builds up in the story to what is a brilliant ending is superb!!

The author has crafted a very well written story with this one, I loved the characters and their interaction, it was completely on point and made the story for me. I loved the setti
Melissa In The City
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Loved it! Twisty..dark...full of lies and deceit.
I haven’t read a book yet with domestic abuse as the main storyline and I did cringe a lot but the story was so well written. Female characters were AWESOME strong women.

Thank you @NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
4 twisted dark stars ⭐️ 🌟🌟🌟
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Laura Elliot is the author of six novels, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister, published by Avon HarperCollins. Her novels, Fragile Lies, The Betrayal, Sleep Sister and Guilty are published by Bookouture. Her books have been widely translated and she has collaborated on a number of high-profile non-fiction books.

Aka June Considine, she is an author of twelve books for children and young adults. H

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