The Woman Before Me

The Woman Before Me

A Thriller

Book - 2013
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Emma has everything Rose lacks: a faithful husband, beauty, and a healthy baby boy. Rose meets her in the hospital after her own baby dies from premature birth, and when Emma's child dies in a suspicious house fire shortly after, the obsessive and unstable Rose is the primary suspect.

Now, after almost five years in prison, Rose is up for parole, but probation officer Cate Austin must first decide whether this accused murderer can be released or if she really is a threat to society. The answer seems obvious at first, but as Cate delves deeper into Rose's disturbing past--a suicidal mother, a distant father, on her own at a young age--the probation officer becomes entangled in the inmate's dark world.

Winner of CWA Debut Dagger Award and the Luke Bitmead Bursary, The Woman Before Me is a poignant psychological thriller that explores relationships, dysfunctional families, and the penal system with depth and sensitivity that culminates in a shocking conclusion. Did she really do it? Where does the line between love and obsession lie? Can justice be served?

Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, c2013
ISBN: 9781611458350
Branch Call Number: F DUG
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 22 cm

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SuzeParker
Sep 12, 2014

I'm not sure The Woman Before Me qualifies as a thriller, but it is an interesting psychological study into how some people grow up damaged when they don't feel loved and valued by the people who brought them into the world. Ruth is such a person: lost, manipulative, selfish, jealous. She's a mostly unlikeable character, yet I couldn't help seeing the little girl inside who was still looking for love and acceptance. The story itself offers a decent mystery, wrapped in Rose's sadness.

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Dmyres89
Jan 28, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in reading. The plot pulls you in and keeps you captured. I couldn't put this book down at all.

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