BEFORE I FIND YOU by Ali Knight
Published; November 1st 2018, Hodder Books
Maggie is a husband watcher. A snooper, a marriage doctor, a destroyer of dreams, a killer of happy-ever-afters. She runs her own private detective agency specialising in catching out in those who cheat. And she is bloody good at it.
Helene is a husband catcher. A beautiful wife, a doting step-mother, a perfect home maker and a dazzling presence at parties. She has landed herself with one of the most eligible bachelors in town – handsome property developer Gabe Moreau.
Alice is just a teenager. A perfect daughter to Gabe, a kind stepchild to Helene, a tragic girl to a dead mother. She lives a sheltered but happy life, until she finds that handwritten note ‘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 these lies could end in cold-blooded murder . . .
This book has a very intriguing start. Starting off from Maggie’s point of view we know she has been injured badly in some way but with a woman hanging over her we don’t know the reasons or the detail as to what has happened so you have to keep reading. A good way to get a reader hooked from the start.
Written from the point of view of three women, Maggie who is a private detective, Helene who hires her and Alice the step daughter of Helene and Daughter of the man Maggie is hired to investigate. The first thing I noticed is that some chapters written from the point of view of 2 different people will tell the same situation but they never quite matched so you know some or both people were lying. This was very clever of Ali because you knew you were never quite getting the whole truth. Also it added to the story knowing what each woman was thinking.
Each character comes across as a little bit crazy and nothing is quite what it seems. Alice especially seems very troubled and if she was my daughter I would be a little bit worried about how she reacts to people and situations. I definitely would not class her as normal.
There are lots of twists and turns in this book and you cannot predict what happens. Nothing or nobody are as they seems, even the person I thought was supposed to be out heroine turns out to be harbouring a whole heap of secrets. I did not have a clue how Ali was going to cross the i’s and dot the t’s but boy does she bring it all together for one fantastic ending.
If you like thrillers and books that are so unpredictable they make your head hurt, then this book is for you!!
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