Libby has a nice life with a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But over time she is becoming 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 some startling truths about Eve, and is soon unearthing more and more devastating family secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved. . .Tense and moving, The Woman He Loved Before explores if the love you want is always the love you need – or deserve.
©2011 Dorothy Koomson (P)2011 Hachette Digital
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"Expect the unexpected."
Wasn't expecting such a spine chilling listen. As Libby, the second wife found and read the diaries of Eve the dead first wife I thought I could guess where this story was going...how wrong I was, much to my delight! The narration was brilliant, the delivery added to experience, I am sure had I been eye reading I would have given excited animated voices which would have been very wrong.The ending, again not the expected gave me great satisfaction, a quiet justice. I recommend this listen to everyone, didn't even come close to guessing.
"fantastic fantastic brilliant fantastic"
This story started gently, but, a la Ms Koomson style, you really really will not be disappointed-trust me-you won't need to wait long for the tension to start!
I loved Eve so much and think she was such a strong character.
I could not pull my ear plugs out-the house has never been cleaner, and the garden no tidier...
The narrator was perfect for this stort-which was not long enough.
Well done Dorothy Koomson
I loved this book. The narrator was excellent - her expressions and the accents and voices she used added so much to an already addictive story. The two main female characters were very likeable and the story moved at a fast pace with no let up. I didn't want to stop listening and was sorry when it was over. Thought provoking, sweet and sinister all in one book!
"Excellent, but somewhat depressing!"
Clever, excellent, depressing!
Eve, she was so well drawn. I felt I knew her and wanted to save her.
This is the second book I have listened too narrated by Adjoa. She is a bit if a genious. Her range of tones and ability with a wide variety of accents is the best I've heard.
No, but it moved me and made me feel very sad for the women who really go through the experiences depicted. It was so cleverly written that it drew the listener deeply into the world of the characters - aided of course by the excellent narration.
"Read it, you'll love it"
I don't tend to read love/rom-com stories (which i thought this may be) but there was something about this and I'm so glad I gave it a go. It's very well written, it builds up incredibly well and there's some side plot without distracting from the main story. I love how she layers the characters and story up. I did not want to sleep as I was so desperate to hear what happened next. Eve is an incredible character, strong and believable. It's a very human story, I know it could all happen but is still shocking to have the details held up for you to examine.
Well I was expecting just a gentle romance story - but this book is much better than that. The characters were so real and the things that happened to them. The narration superb - she really brought everyone to life, especially Eve. As the story moves on so does the tension. A few twists in the story towards the end. I really didn't want to stop listening to this one and forever had my earplugs in, I even fell asleep listening. If I had read it in book form I would describe it as unputdownable!
"Not What I Expected"
The first few pages of this book were a bit of a disappointment. Girl meets handsome man- man is rude to her- girl decides to ignore man- man pursues her till she goes out with him .....yawn. So far, so Mills & Boon, but stick with it, because the story soon turns into a fast paced thriller with some shocking and tragic twists that come as a complete surprise.There are parts that are uncomfortable to listen to, but Dorothy Koomson must have done some intense research into her characters because the story is totally absorbing and believable. I couldn't turn it off.
Beautifully read (except for the voices of the older men and women which I found slightly annoying). Highly recommended, can't wait to try another by this author.
This story is gripping,not a single boring moment. After a whirlwind romance Libby marries Jack. He is a widower and his previous wife , Eve, died three years earlier under suspicious circumstances. Libby discovers Eve's secret diaries and the tragic story of Eve unfolds.
"KOOMSON AT HER BEST"
The Woman He Loved Before is a story about an ordinary girl whose life takes an extraordinary turn. It is about a woman literally haunted by her partner's first wife.
Apple Tree Yard, by Louise Doughty. Both are about the rapture and rupture of relationships.
This author/narrator match is one made in heaven. Ms Andoh is brilliant at articulating Ms Koomson's characters.
"An interesting story"
Yes I would. The story has enough twists and turns to keep you listening and wondering what will happen.
Libby, she had a strength to her underneath her vulnerability.
She is so clever to produce different accents and subtly different voices.
No, I liked a daily dose.
I recommend this book and probably got more out of it on audible than I would if I had read the story myself.
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