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The Woman He Loved Before

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,242 ratings  ·  538 reviews
Libby has a nice life with a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her ? and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. Eventually Libby stumbles across ...more
Published February 3rd 2011 by Hachette Audio UK (first published 2011)
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Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Libby and Jack are involved in a terrible car accident where Libby has to be cut out of the car. Jack is uninjured but Libby is in a critical condition and suffers a bad head injury along with many cuts and bruises. After spending quite some time in hospital she starts to recover and eventually Jack is allowed to take her home.
The story flashes back to Jack and Libby's lives before the accident and we we discover how they met which was when Libby was purchasing her first car. Her first impressio
"Vivi uma vida e embora tenha conhecido muita dor, também conheci muito amor. Algumas pessoas podem viver muito, muito tempo sem nunca chegar a viver essa experiência. Tenho muita sorte.
“I have lived a life and even though I knew great pain, I also knew great love. Some people can live a long, long time without ever experiencing that. I am lucky.”
- Eve

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"O meu riso era fácil, escapava-me dos lábios, vindo do coração. E o dele também.
“My laughter was easy, it fluttered from my lips, having
Shaz Goodwin
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What an absorbing read that tells of love, choices and the consequences of how the past affects the future! It reminds us that what you see isn’t always what you get!

The prologue is enough on it’s own to hook you in - as we know from reading the blurb, Jack was married to Eve before Libby and there are secrets. The prologue confirms that things might not be exactly what they seem. The minute you start reading the first page, you have a question that you need to know the answer to - which you kn
"I would rather have nothing than something that was only alright.”
― Dorothy Koomson, The Woman He Loved Before

Dorothy Koomson..she knows how to write.

I have already read about four of her works and really did like all of them. Reading The Woman he loved before did not change this.

This is a poignant and beautifully written novel about Libby and Jack. They are married and Libby works as a beauty technologist. But her whole life is changed after a car accident that leaves Jack fine but Libby very
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love Dorothy Koomson. The first novel I read of hers was Marshmallows For Breakfast a couple of years back. I thought it was an excellent read but it was incomparable to her novel released in 2010 The Ice Cream Girls, that was… there are few words to describe just how amazing The Ice Cream Girls really was. I then went back and read the book that made Dorothy famous, My Best Friend’s Girl and for the third book running, I loved it. Dorothy Koomson is just so talented at getting to the heart of ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
Amazing book. Beautifully written. Think I may be a little in love with Dorothy Koomson and her books. :)
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british-author
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Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel I’ve read by Dorothy Koomson, and despite the synopsis, I had anticipated a fairly light read. What I got instead was a dark, incredible story that has easily earned itself a place as one of my favourite books.

As the story begins, Libby and her husband, Jack, have been in a car crash. Jack is OK, but Libby’s airbag didn’t deploy and she’s very lucky to have survived. While the crash could simply have been an unfortunate accident, there is an air of mystery surrounding the
Jul 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
Dorothy Koomson's early books were quite clearly in the chick-lit category, written from the perspective of a Black British woman. They were bright and upbeat yet more challenging than the usual chick-lit, stories of middle-class women facing difficult decisions, without some of the idiocy typical in the genre.

The Woman He Loved Before was different - while it still had an educated Black woman (Libby) facing difficult decisions, the backstory was much darker, much more challenging. Libby is marr
Gemma (Passion for Novels)
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well, I'm a huge Dorothy Koomson fan anyway but this book is her best yet! The two intricate stories were told with such care and attention to the links between the past and the present.

Story 1
Libby, a woman who at the beginning of the novel is in a critical condition after being in a car accident. We then look into her past to establish the relationship between her and her husband. Jack, who links all three of the stories together and is to some extent a progtagonist to the events which take
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really engaging and absorbing read. The way Dorothy Koomson has interwoven Eve’s story with that of Jack & Libby is very well done. The characters are very well-developed and the plot, although quite dark in places, is interesting and unpredictable. Even quite close to the end of the novel there were several directions the story could have taken. I think the relatively small cast of characters creates an intensity to the plot and a definite feeling of tension.

4-5 stars
The Reader
A Tesco-value version of Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca"
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dorothy-koomson
I have leant this book to a friend and although she as never read any of Dorothy Koomson I would have preferred if she had read one of her other more stronger books - such as 'Best Friends girl'It's not that I disliked this book but I did find the plot a bit weak. I do admit to having this annoying habit of figuring out the end of a book and unfortunately this book was no different.

I initially loved both Libby and Jack. I enjoyed their banter. Libby and her front-line honesty and Jacks perplexi
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This isn't a book I would ordinarily choose to read. But since my sister kept telling me to read it and I quite enjoyed another Koomson book, I was happy to give it a go.

I liked it...with reservations.

I'm not fond of some of the ways Koomson chose to tell this story. The switching povs were jarring at times. The diaries, while well structured, are not generally a form of story telling I'm fond of. And I loathe when a first person narrator refers to whatever secret a story holds and remains vague
Adjoa Andoh- what a wonderful narrator, she really made this book come alive for me. So many characters so, many voices needed and they were all easily distinguishable.

A love story between two women, Eve and Libby and Jack.

Eve is Jack's first wife who apparently had an accident and died- for a while he was a suspect. Then Libby comes along 3 years later and they fall in love and marry. Pretty perfect life, but Eve is always there in the background as Jack still loves her. He even has a cupboard
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Koomson manages to dream up the most appalling human beings for her antagonists, and yet they are totally believable. Her psychological thrillers twist and turn, keeping you on the edge of your seat, as she explores the murky underworld of human emotions and motives.

What I like about her writing is the fine line she treads. Although this novel is centered about a woman who has worked as a prostitute, Koomson does not shy away from the details of what was involved, nor does she dwell on them. En
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
the story is written in more than one narrative which makes you step into each character's shoes with more ease.

Is it just me or have other readers found the author's notes at the end of the book describing how writing this book has made her look at beauty from another perspective, really interesting. I enjoyed the last two pages just as much as the rest of the book.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I assumed it would be chick-lit, but it turned out to be so much more. Very suspenseful and well written. Well developed characters. A real page turner.
It's more like 3.5 stars

This was an interesting story. I liked the fact that she was told through different people Libby, Jack and later the diaries of Eve.
I particulary loved the two final twists, they were unexpected.
Overall i enjoyed this book.
4.5 Stars
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I wasn't sure if this book deserved five or four stars, it is something in between. But without any doubt I can say that after reading her 5th book, Dorothy Koomson became one of my favourite writers. I just love her style of writing, emotions that she's bringing up and transferring to reader. It is interesting that in every problem she present to us some of the real life problems and crimes that are common in every day life. From abuse, mental or physical, prostitution, murders, ...more
Vikki Patis
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been a huge fan of Dorothy Koomson since watching the TV adaptation of The Ice Cream Girls, and then picking up the book. I've been lucky enough to read and review several of Koomson's latest releases ahead of time, but I saw this audiobook while searching for a new one, and immediately knew I'd enjoy it.

For those who don't know, Koomson's books are rarely what they seem. I always think her books are wrongly categorised - put into the romance section, perhaps, without giving any idea of wha
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you actually kidding with this book Mrs Koomson???

I keep promising myself not to read her books when I have lots to do and then I don’t and I am up at 3:40 in the morning finishing a book when I have to be at work tomorrow!

Anyway, the story is engrossing, sad, powerful..just everything I love about her books. I really thought I had all the connections down. I was certain I could predict the end. On some things I was pretty close.

There is absolutely NO way you are going to see the ending comi
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2020
I was struggling through the first few pages so I just skimmed the book. I was seriously considering to DNF it but I got curious of the ending so I just read them (while thinking I'll DNF this book). The ending seemed interesting, so I decided to read this book again from the beginning to know how did it go through the end.

I think overall I liked the plot of this book. I'm okay with the characters, I don't love them or hate them. I liked the plot twist at the end. But unfortunately I really can'
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, book-club
Reading this book embodies the old adage of not judging a book by its cover! WHOA! After reading the first few chapters, I honestly thought it was going to be stereotypical chick lit with some spicy sex scenes thrown in for good measure. BOY, WAS I WRONG!!! This work turned into a psychological, rollercoaster of a (dare I say) thriller that was impossible to put down! HIGHLY recommend!!
Lori Sears Maxwell
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 and I don't give many of those! Great book.
Natasha Adams
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second half of this book was so gripping. Great twists and a satisfying ending
Esma Hmima
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honestly I was surprised by this book , I liked the characters I was hooked from the beginning I wanted to know how she died and I enjoyed the story From A to Z
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Delaney Diamond
I was a little leery about reading this book because of it’s length, but it was a fast read which I gobbled in only two days. It’s a combination between an interracial romance and a suspense—but outside of the categories, it’s simply good writing. The pacing was excellent, the twists, turns, and reveals kept me glued to the pages, and I read the entire thing with a heavy weight in the pit of my stomach because I was so nervous about the outcome. Like I said, good writing.

The story is about Libby
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Hello, my name's Dorothy Koomson and I'll try to make this bit that's all about me as interesting as possible.
I wrote my first novel called There's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate when I was 13. I used to write a chapter every night then pass it around to my fellow convent school pupils every morning, and they seemed to love it.

I grew up in London and then grew up again in Leeds when I went to u

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