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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A BOSTON GLOBE BEST BOOK OF 2017
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A SOUTH FLORIDA SENTINEL BEST MYSTERY NOVEL OF 2017
AUTHORS ON THE AIR 2017 BOOK OF THE YEAR

"Mesmerizing, gripping...the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense." -- Harlan Coben

Sometimes the person you thought you knew best...
Turns out to be someone you never really knew at all.

The crash that killed him
Two years ago, Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first, everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane's note: I wish we were dead together.

A girl to blame
From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die?

The secrets she should forget
Most of all, she must find out who has just written her an anonymous message: I know what really happened. I know what you don't remember...

Don't miss Jeff Abbott's most chilling thriller to date--perfect for readers of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, or The Woman in Cabin 10.

PRAISE FOR JEFF ABBOTT
"One of my favorite writers."--Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author

"If you like Harlan Coben, read this book. Taut, twisty, and elegantly-written, with an ending you won't see coming."--Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of The Perfect Neighbors

"Jeff Abbott is a master...I am, and always have been, a devoted fan."--Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author
‘I was gripped from the first few pages and found myself hooked on a rollercoaster ride up to the last few pages … I read it in pretty much one sitting, I just needed to know how the book was going to end’ Donna’s Book Blog

It begins with a phone call. It ends with a missing child.


On a warm summer’s morning, thirteen-year-old school girl Constance Lawson is reported missing. 

A few days later, Constance’s uncle, Karl Lawson suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy created by journalist Amanda Bowe implying that he is the prime suspect. 

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. 

An utterly compelling psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Sarah A. Denzil’s Silent Child.   

Read what everyone is saying about Guilty:

 

‘Guilty was such a great book. It was filled with so many twists and turns…It was well written and definitely made you wanting more with every page turn.’ Oh My Lit

 

‘Guilty is one gripping psychological thriller with a well-constructed plot and realistic and believable characters…Incredibly thought-provoking, it'll make you question everything.’ Novel Deelights

 

‘A mesmerizing psychological thriller…and will leave you completely fulfilled with a flawless ending.  Guilty is the first novel I have read by Laura Elliot and it will NOT be my last.  I found Guilty to be impossible to put down, the characters are intoxicating, and the story compulsively addictive.’ Books and Smiles

 

‘A great thriller that is full of suspense and tension.’  Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘This book is a raw, edge-of-the-seat page-turner. The story is told in four parts, all of which lead into each other beautifully.’  Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘This tense psychological thriller grips you tight from the prologue and adds layers of tension with each page you turn…Laura Elliot has skillfully crafted an excellent novel. Her writing style keeps you flipping pages at a frantic pace. Goodreads reviewer

 

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

‘Best book of 2018!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I was totally blown away’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Couldn't turn the pages quick enough’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Omg!... my heart was pounding’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘All the stars! Every single one!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
 

The first thing you should know, dear reader, is that I am dead…

 

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?

 

From Amazon chart bestseller S.E. Lynes, The Proposal is a page-turning and utterly gripping thriller about the lengths we will go to for someone we love. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.

 

What readers are saying about The Proposal:

‘A chilling psychological book that kept me saying “what”, “oh man, I didn’t see that coming.” Exceptional.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Shocking, thought-provoking and downright chilling… it made me turn the lights on and check behind the door on more than one occasion… I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Will have you thinking twice before opening your home to anyone at night… I wanted to hide under the covers like I did when I was a child with a flashlight… powerful and compelling.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘This book. Seriously…  I will be thinking about it for a long time. I laughed, I cried, and tensed up to a ball of “what the fuck is going on… I need to know NOW.” Unique. Chilling.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Brilliant!!!!!... I read this SO fast!!! A great read. You will not want to put this one down. HIGHLY recommend!!! Suspense, drama this book has it all!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I am shocked, dumbstruck, gobsmacked, speechless and trying desperately to find the right words to give this book the justice it deserves… wow! I loved it! It is unlike anything else I have read before… If you only buy one psychological thriller this year then make sure this is the one, you won't be disappointed!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A deeply twisted story… I couldn't stop reading this book!... The story was so addictive, I read 70% in one sitting, and even now I just want to reread it… a psychological thriller that's dark and twisty and addictive.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘IMMENSE!!… When you read as much as a lot of us do, it is refreshing to come across a book that just seems different in such a fabulous way, this one will stay with me for that reason, very addictive reading!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This truly is a page-turner and often a "flip back" and reread a page to make sure I really did just read that! The Proposal held my interest to the very end and it was a great ending.’ Goodreads reviewer

Previously published as Beneath the Skin

‘I was gripped immediately’ KATERINA DIAMOND, author of THE TEACHER

‘I didn't want this book to end.’ ELISABETH CARPENTER, author of 99 RED BALLOONS

Three women. Three secrets.

Antonia is beautiful and happily married. Her life is perfect. So why does she hurt herself when nobody’s watching?

Sophie is witty, smart and married to the best-looking man in town. She likes a drink, but who doesn’t?

Olivia is pretending to be a happy wife and mother. But her secret could tear her family apart.

Their lies start small, they always do. But if they don’t watch out, the consequences will be deadly.

‘I loved Beneath the Skin. It's so beautifully written and kept me hooked right to the end. Caroline England knows her wonderful cast of characters inside out. I didn't want this book to end.’ ELISABETH CARPENTER, AUTHOR OF 99 RED BALLOONS

'I loved this book. A clever, glamorous, observational, page turning read which pulled me in right from the start until the pivotal, and most satisfying end. Beneath the Skin transcends the ordinary crime genre, taking it to another level.' AMANDA ROBSON, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OBSESSION

‘Beneath the Skin is a startling debut. It slowly put me under its spell, until I was absolutely beneath its skin. With characters that pulsate off the page, complex relationships, and dark mysteries, this novel follows the lives of four couples. Their dramas are revealed slowly, patiently, and beautifully, until the breath-taking climax. I can’t recommend this enough.’ LOUISE BEECH, AUTHOR OF HOW TO BE BRAVE

‘Four couples with interlocking histories; eight individuals, all with secrets that are ready to explode. Set in the lush heartland of the Cheshire countryside, this is a tautly elegant psychological thriller, razor-sharp and utterly believable. I loved it.’ SARAH JASMON, AUTHOR OF THE SUMMER OF SECRETS

His name is Michael Carmody. He is a writer and a father. His son is lying in a coma, fighting for his life.

Her name is Lorraine Cheevers. She is an artist and mother. An illicit affair has destroyed her marriage.

Michael is desperate to find the couple who left his son for dead, a victim of a hit and run.

Lorraine is desperate to start a new life for her and her daughter.

Michael and Lorraine are about to cross paths – damaged souls, drawn to one another.

They don’t know that their lives are already connected.

They don’t know the web of lies surrounding them.

They are each searching for the truth. But when they find it, it could destroy them both.

Fragile Lies is a gripping tale of love and betrayal, which will entice fans of Liane Moriarty, Lucie Whitehouse and Jane Shemilt’s Daughter.

Note: previously published as ‘Deceptions.’

Read what everyone is saying about Fragile Lies

‘Fragile Lies has a little bit of everything, love, tragedy, infidelity, lies and secrets…The characters are quite complex and I think this added a real edge to the book; they felt very well thought out and I loved how the author weaved their separate stories together. Excellent plot, interesting characters and plenty of intrigue.’ Dot Scribbles

‘The reader is immersed into a story that tells of decades of love, betrayal, deceit and frailty with a dark undertone, all of which makes for a truly riveting read…I can promise that it is a book that will not disappoint…I for one was hooked into it and savoured the delicious twists and ending with relish and satisfaction.’ 5/5 Book Addicted Housewife

‘A wonderful story incredibly well told, full of secrets, love and illusion, lies and revenge, which will keep you gripped well into the early hours…’ Being Anne Reading

‘Dealing with passion, adultery, deception and tragedy, and how the past has a way of creeping up on you…a really intriguing page-turner with a surprising twist.’ Evening Echo

‘This page-turner is gripping, all the more because it presents the dilemmas of betrayal with brutal honesty.’ Irish Independent

‘This well-crafted and compelling story traces the deceits which begin unnoticed but end in the destruction of friendships and lives.’ The Irish Times

‘A gripping tale of adultery and illusion.’ Evening Herald

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