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

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

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

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