The Girl Before You
She was his.
She was perfect.
And then, she was gone.
If you liked My Lovely Wife, you’ll love this.
Alice has always been haunted by the women from her husband’s past. As a politician and now a TV personality, George Bell’s reputation as a ladies’ man precedes him. But when Alice falls pregnant, her unease becomes an obsession.
And there’s one ex in particular she can’...more
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Can we stop with these comparisons? These books are nothing alike. Not at all.
Alice is married to George who is a politician turned television personality. Charming and confident he seems to always attract the attention of women. He was known as quite the ladies man during his university days but he doesn't really like to discuss his past with his wife which leads her to believe that he's keeping secrets. Now that Alice finds herself pregnant she ...more
The book is told from numerous people’s prospectives with different timelines. This can be either very confusing or very clever, but with this story it works perfectly.
Alice is married to George a television presenter who was formerly a politician, she has always known he was a ladies man and has often wondered about his previous relationships. They met at ...more
George Bell is an MP and now a TV star. He has a reputation of being a ladies man. His wife Alice finally falls pregnant and becomes obsessed with one of Georges exes - Ruth, a read haired beauty ...more
Alice has always been haunted by the women from her husbands past. As an MP and now a TV personality, George Bell's reputation as a ladies' man precedes him. But when Alice falls pregnant, her unease becomes an obsession.
This is a dual timeline story about Ruth's disappearance. The story starts of slowly before picking up its pace. Roth had went missing some time ago. People tell us about her that she went to Uni with her. We also hear from her sister Naomi. They tell us how ...more
However, I feel ...more
‘The Girl Before You’ by Nicola Rayner published by Avon Books and Out NOW ( published 27/6 )
All the way through this book I felt I had read it before, I hadn’t! and that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good, it and the themes just felt ‘familiar’......
I am not sure if the tag line ‘This Years Girl on The Train’ helped, this is distracting and also quite an accolade to live up to!
Anyway the story is....rich and privileged uni kids, excessive drink, drugs, sex and all the woes that came with ...more
I love books that look back to college or university days it's one of my favourite types of dual timeline to read and this one was really very clever - different interactions and motivations and in present time a wife who starts questioning everything she thought she knew about her husband...
There's a stellar cast of strong female characters and a thought provoking underneath to it all plus the plotting is taut and effective and ...more
I was eager to start this as I read that it's along similar lines to Girl on the Train and yes it was, especially at the beginning. But what I discovered with this was the story was a bit too slow for me. It was still good but I'd rather have had it been more fast paced as I found my attention drifted quite a few times. It read more like a drama/woman's ...more
This is a dark and twisty novel that kept me guessing. I didn't predict the ending, and I felt invested in the characters. I do have one downside to this novel though, and that is simply that it was incredibly difficult to keep track of who was who for a good chunk of the book. I found myself flicking back to the beginnings of chapters, and previous chapters to help me keep track of ...more
While I'm not the biggest "Girl on the train" fan I decided to give this a try cause the synopsis sounded good but, oh boy, was this boring. A psychological thriller with absolutely no thrills.
The story is told through three different POVs and alternates between the past and the ...more
Review was originally posted here to Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.
The Girl Before You, not to be confused with The Girl Before, was not at all what I expected it to be. At all. Which, to put it bluntly, is a brilliant thing to note. The Girl Before You was highly addictive, if not a little generic and slowly paced in terms of modern ...more
The Observer compared this book to «The Girl On The Train» by Paula Hawkins but in my opinion, it didn’t live up to this comparison. It's definitely not The Girl On The Train and it's definitely not a book I will reread at any point.
The reason why it took me so long to ...more
However the whole book is centred around Ruth, the magnetic redhead, who is feisty, wild and ends up missing. Presumed to have died by drowning, nothing is clear cut ...more
This is the case for Alice, when she see’s a girl on the train who bears a remarkable resemblance to her husband George’s ex girlfriend Ruth, who he dated in his first year at St Anthony’s University.
This shouldn’t make Alice upset right? Wrong! The issue is that Ruth mysteriously disappeared whist they were at university, believed to be dead when seen swimming in the ocean on the night she disappeared.
Apparently this is supposed to be like The Girl on the Train and leave you gasping at the end. I don’t understand how thrillers are suddenly compared to their predecessors like there are no longer original ideas to be had in regards to the genre. It’s a disappointment because I really enjoy thrillers, but I’m put off at times by the lack of originality.
This is a split POV book about three women. ...more
I would not call this a thriller because it's not thrilling at all and barely a mystery. It reminds me of the equally slow-paced The French Girl by Lexie Elliott but with less beautiful prose.
Firstly, there were too many character names (note that I didn't say 'characters'). Because the story wasn't gripping or engaging to keep me turning the pages, I kept losing track of who's who and ...more
This was not the page-turner I was expecting it to be. I was hoping for a great domestic thriller after reading the synopsis but it fell a little short for me. It was an overall okay read but at times I felt like the story was getting repetitive and I was reading the same thing over and over again.
This story is told from three different points of view and goes back and forth ...more
This was a slow burn and had enough twists and turns to keep experienced thriller readers guessing.
I would recommend checking it out.
She was his. She was perfect. And then, she was gone.An addictive and twisting psychological suspense, perfect for summer.
If you liked My Lovely Wife, you’ll love this.Alice has always been haunted by the women from her husband’s past. ...more
The story became more interesting as the book went on and I found myself seeking it out instead of school ...more
"The Girl Before You" was a very well thought out and engaging story and was edgy enough to keep my interest. With absorbing characters and intriguing themes it was definitely worth the read and for me, the elements all cleverly tied ...more
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars.
The story is told from the perspective of 4 women: Ruth, Naomi, Alice, and Kat. Each chapter is told by a different character, sometimes in the present and sometimes in the past. I like the writing style, it was easy to follow and you could see how each person read the situation differently. At times I felt that I was reading without getting anyway closer to the resolution, which ...more
This didn’t get going for quite some time and the alternating narrative was confusing at times, especially at the beginning.
When it does pick up it offers some decent twists. The writing and characters were good. There was a lot going on in this story. Some of which didn’t seem necessary or really add to the plot.
The ending? I’m a bit torn about that one. Decent, but a bit open ended which isn’t my favorite. It was interesting and I was curious how it would play out, overall ...more
The story was good. It was one of those tales that hint more and more at a single thing until finally revealing it. The story of what happened to Ruth, and for that matter Kat, Naomi, and Alice are fairly familiar to women, especially in college. Nothing ground ...more
Disjointed and did not flow well. This is the second time I have read this book and it does not get any better. Saying that I am sure other readers of this genre will enjoy it more. Just not for me.
I would like to thank the author, Avon Books UK and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.