Before I Find You by Ali Knight #BookReview

About this book…

Maggie is a husband watcher. A snooper, a marriage doctor, a killer of happy-ever-afters. She runs her own private detective agency specialising in catching out those who cheat. And she’s very good at it. Until Helene walks through her door.

Helene is a husband catcher. A beautiful wife, a doting stepmother, a dazzling presence at parties. She counts herself lucky to have married one of the most eligible men in town – Gabe Moreau. Until she sees something that threatens her little family of three.

Alice is a perfect daughter. Apple of her father’s eye, a kind stepchild to Helene, a tragic daughter of a dead mother. She lives a sheltered but happy life. Until she finds a handwritten note on her father’s desk: ‘You owe me. I’m not going away.’

All three women suspect Gabe Moreau of keeping secrets and telling lies. But not one of them suspects that the truth could result in murder . . .

My review…

Having enjoyed Wink Murder recently whilst on holiday I was overjoyed to get a copy of Before I Find You. It follows one of my favourite plot devices where you know that something devastating has happened but the storyline flashes back to before “the incident” and we watch the characters in their everyday lives as the pointers start to appear and the tension builds up. I love books like this and so settled down to read it in one session as it’s a book that needs to be read in big chunks (that won’t be a problem as it’s quite a page turner!)

The reader is introduced to three very different women here and we follow the events from their points of view. I quite liked Maggie, the larger than life private investigator who seemed very at home in her work life but also in her personal life and the two may well be connected due to something in her past that is only hinted at. When Helene approaches her to watch her husband, there is a tension between them but this I put down originally to the nature of her request. Helene is a beautiful woman more used to husbands leaving their wives for her than being the one cheated on. But she knows that her husband is hiding something from her. So what secret is Gabe keeping? And then there is Alice, Gabes daughter, and I also warmed to her straight away. She has lead a very sheltered life, protected from everything by a father who lost her mother and wants to keep Alice safe. But Alice is starting to realise that secrets are being kept in her happy household and thankfully (or possibly NOT for the women connected to Gabe!) she’s curious enough to look into their perfect home life further.

There is a big build up to “the event” here where the characters are gradually unwrapped and a slow and evenly spread trail of breadcrumbs is scattered for us to follow. So I was amazed at how fast the twists and turns came towards the end…and there were plenty of them! Just when I thought things couldn’t get anymore tangled, there was another twist to shock the reader!

I loved the family dynamics here and it was the interactions between them and Maggie that kept me on my toes throughout, unsure as to who I should trust or what secrets they were keeping. And the London settings also kept it feeling real with a current vibe and a use of underlying social issues in the city.

An enjoyable and gripping thriller!

Meet the author…

Ali Knight has worked as a journalist and sub-editor at the BBC, Guardian and Observer and helped to launch some of the Daily Mail and Evening Standard‘s most successful websites. She lives with her family in London.

Visit Ali’s website to find out more about her and her psychological thrillers at http://www.aliknight.co.uk and follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/aliknightauthor.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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