The Book Post #11: Before We Met, Lucie Whitehouse

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Before We Met, Lucie Whitehouse
It feels like I haven’t posted a book review in ages, which is weird because I seem to be reading loads recently. Today’s post is about a book I finished just before Christmas, Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse. Before We Met follows Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and  S.J.Watson’s Before We Go To Sleep in the “marriage thriller” genre that has been so popular in the past couple of years with book readers and Hollywood writers alike.
Although Gone Girl wasn’t my favourite read ever, I think the questions these kind of books raise about relationships, marriage and how well you can REALLY know someone are so interesting and after hearing good things about this one I decided to give it a go.

The story follows the life of Hannah, a former marketing executive who was living it up in New York before she fell in love with, fellow Brit, Mark and moved back to the UK, where she found herself being made redundant and at a standstill with her career while Mark’s company flourished and he became increasingly rich and successful. I think this sets the story up nicely as it leaves Hannah in a position where she is increasingly leaning on Mark not only for emotional dependence but also financial dependence. This means that when cracks start to show in the truth of their marriage, as they do pretty much from the off, the helplessness and vulnerability that Hannah feels, as she begins to doubt Mark, is heightened to the max.

One of the problems that I had, however, was that I didn’t particularly like Hannah. I mean don’t get me wrong she was okay, but that was it – she was just okay. I didn’t feel a massive attachment to her, which means I didn’t feel as empathetic as I could have when her life begins to unravel around her.
I also really didn’t buy into the whole Mark as the perfect husband stuff. He was too rough around the edges good looking WHILST also being the perfect gentleman WHILST also being a hopeless romantic WHILST also being super frickin’ rich and successful – who’s buying that really?

That being said, I did feel interested in what was coming next – and it definitely kept me reading to try and work out what exactly was the secret that Mark had been hiding.  Whitehouse definitely builds the suspense well with her use of twists and turns and there is always the hint that there is something more sinister than an affair going on, which is Hannah’s first suspicion.

As the novel draws to it’s close, I think the big reveal was probably just that little bit too obvious, but I do appreciate that it must be difficult in such a popular genre to come up with a plot twist that no one has thought of and although the main twist was on the cards, there were a few surprises in the sub-plots that I definitely didn’t see coming!

If you are a fan of this genre, then this will probably tick all the right boxes for you, and if you aren’t a fan of reading at all then don’t worry because I think this ones got the big screen written all over it! For me, it wasn’t a bad read but it didn’t blow my mind either, a solid 7/10 I reckon.

Have you read any of the “marriage thriller” type genre? What do you make of it?

Charlotte x
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  1. This sounds like a good read but I always feel so disheartened when I don't like the protagonist in the story. I'm a new follower and cant wait to see what else you're reading <3

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  2. Charlotte Lucy Philpotts16 February 2015 at 22:53

    I totally agree, I think it's really hard to love a book without loving the protagonist! I'm reading my first ever Phillipa Gregory book now so I'll be posting a review of that once I've finished. Thanks for the link, I entered the competition - fingers crossed! x