Available to buy in just a matter of days is the latest story by Irish novelist Laura Elliot, an enthralling psychological thriller, The Wife Before Me.
When Elena Langdon’s mother passes away, she briefly meets the enigmatic Nicolas Madison. As the weeks pass, further encounters with Nicolas, who is grieving the loss of his wife Amelia, lead to friendship, a mutual attraction and then romance.
The connection and attraction between Elena and Nicolas grows as Nicolas pursues her and Elena is soon persuaded to sell her property and move in with him.
Never feeling quite good enough living in the perfect Amelia’s shadow, Elena’s initial curiosity turns to suspicion and the charismatic Nicolas is soon exposed as a violent bully in scenes reminiscent of those in Sleeping With The Enemy.
Details of Amelia’s life are revealed fully when the story is told from alternative viewpoints and it reflects not the perfect life Elena once believed it to be but a carbon copy of her own terrifying existence with Nicolas.
Elena is desperate to uncover the truth and to sustain her fragile grip on reality as cruel Nicolas continues to destroy her and manipulate others against her. Will she ever get to the bottom of what really happened to Amelia and will anyone believe the reality that Nicolas has tried so hard to conceal?
I really enjoyed this book. There’s a couple of interesting twists as it reaches it’s climax, one of which I really didn’t see coming which gave the story an unusual and eerie twist. I give it four stars rather than five purely because I found some of the domestic violence too explicit and harrowing for my personal reading enjoyment.
In summary a shocking, gripping, twisty read with the mother in law from hell thrown in for good measure.
With thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this advance reading copy. The Wife Before Me is available from 24 August 2018