The Wife Before Me: A twisty, gripping psychological thriller

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One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found. 

 

Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other.

 

Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of.

 

And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia.

 

Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone. 

 

Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.

 

A totally breathtaking page-turner about the darker side of love and what really goes on behind closed doors. This book will have you gripped from the very first page until the dramatic final twist. 

 

Read what everyone is saying about The Wife Before Me:

 

Wow!  What a novel! If you read only one suspense book this year, make sure it’s The Wife Before Me. Electrifying, tautly written, and heart-stopping… It was so real, so powerful, I had to put it down a few times and walk away to let my emotions settle.’ NetGalley Reviewer

 

‘I couldn't put this book down, it really is that good… I honestly can't rate this book highly enough. 5 stars just isn't enough.  Book of the year for me! Don't miss this one.’  NetGalley Reviewer

 

‘Laura Elliot has done it again - another twisty suspenseful thriller!  Keeps you on the edge of your seat with many turns and surprises.  The Wife Before Me is a pulse-pounding thrill ride from beginning to end!’  NetGalley Reviewer

 

‘Wow!  I read multiple books at once and had a hard time swapping to the others when I started this one!  Starts with a bang and ends with one too!’  NetGalley Reviewer 

 

‘To say I thoroughly enjoyed it is an understatement. If you are looking for a psychological thriller that will get you thinking and guessing all the way through the book, this one is for you. I love Laura's writing and I have to say she excelled herself with this one. It will bring you on a rollercoaster of emotions and right up to the end you can't call it.’  NetGalley Reviewer

 

‘This was a nail-biting, gripping, too-close-for comfort compelling read that I could not put down. This book is an absolute winner.’  Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Built up in intensity with brilliantly described scenes that left me racing through the book to find out how the story would finish.’  NetGalley Reviewer

 

 ‘A gripping thriller which will have you reading way past your bedtime! I enjoyed the book and the twisting plot…An engrossing thriller I thoroughly enjoyed.’ Escape With A Book, 5 stars

 

‘WOW! One of the best reads of the year! I was entertained throughout the entire book. The characters come to life and are brilliantly portrayed. Excellent writing - I truly loved this book! A definite MUST READ!  NetGalley Reviewer

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Bookouture
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Published on
Aug 24, 2018
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Pages
350
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ISBN
9781786816146
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
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Six years later …

Karl’s life is in ruins. His marriage is over, his family destroyed. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, husband and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda’s world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call and in a heartbeat, she is plunged into every mother’s worst nightmare. 

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Read what everyone is saying about Guilty:

 

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‘This is a very well written psychological thriller’.  Strong Reviews

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Teacher Pippa wants a second chance. Recently divorced and unhappy at work, she uproots her life and moves to the countryside, determined to make a fresh start. But Pippa soon realises: your troubles are never far behind.

 

When Pippa meets blue-eyed Ryan Marks, he is funny and charming. He is haunted by his past – but insists he is a changed man.  

 

He might just be the answer to all of her problems. And Pippa can tell the truth from lies. She’d know if she were in danger. Wouldn’t she?

 

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What readers are saying about The Proposal:

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Eve and Gregg were the perfect couple, with the perfect marriage... which has become the perfect lie.

Gone is the charming, attentive Gregg - instead Eve wakes up each morning beside a manipulative and sinister man who controls his wife's every move.

So Eve flees her immaculate marital home to keep herself, and young son Jack safe. Yet no matter how careful she has been, she knows Gregg will be relentless in his pursuit of his missing family. And that one day, when she's least expecting it, he will find them...

What was Eve's greatest mistake?

Marrying Gregg? Leaving him? Or leaving him alive...?

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A perfect divorce. A new flame. And a deadly obsession.

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But freedom comes at a price …

While Nadine and Jake begin to untangle their lives from one another, Jake embarks on a passionate affair with a beautiful woman, Karin Moylan. What he doesn’t know is the dark history Karin shares with Nadine.

As lust spirals into dangerous obsession, Jake must break free from Karin. But he must also ask himself how well he ever really knew Nadine. What secret is she hiding? The truth, when it is revealed, could destroy them all.

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No one saw her leave.  No one knows where she is.

 

One thing is for certain…Seth is about to discover he doesn’t really know the woman he just married. And his nightmare is only just beginning. 

 

A totally gripping psychological thriller that will keep you reading until the very last jaw-dropping twist.

 

Read what everyone is saying about The Wife’s Secret:

 

‘What a book!!!! Had me gripped from the first page right through to the last page.... could not put it down but didn't want it to end either! A fantastic read!’  NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

 

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‘This book had me at the first page…As with Kerry’s other books you don’t know ‘who done it’ until the end. Written by one of my favourite writers, Kerry does not let us down; this is possibly the best stand alone book he has ever written, I just couldn’t put it down. I’d highly recommend this book!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Shocking, gripping and heartbreaking….it will keep you hooked until the very last page.  Trust me, you will not be able to put it down.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

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