The Wife Before Me – Laura Elliot

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.



My review

All that glitters is not gold …

My first book by this author and I have to say it was confusing, but in a good way. Some chapters were written by a certain person and I had an inkling of whom it was, but it took a while before I was certain about it.

The book is divided in 3 parts. It starts in the present, takes you back to the past in order to clarify some things and brings to the present again to unravel everything.

I have to say I had my suspicions about a few things and it seems I was right about them at the end. Did this disturb me? No, not at all, because there were enough things left that I did not see coming.

It is, without a doubt, a gripping story and sometimes I felt like shouting ‘get away’. Fortunately, I was never in this kind of situation, but I can imagine that the fear of leaving becomes bigger than the fear of staying. 4 stars.

Thank you, Laura Elliot, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Laura Elliot has written six novels which have been widely translated. Under the pseudonym June Considine, she has written twelve books for children and young adults. She has also worked as a journalist and magazine editor.

She is a full-time writer, living in Dublin, Ireland, where she lives with her husband, Sean. After serving on the Board of the Irish Writers Centre, she established WORD, a group that connects professional writers. She is also one of the founder members of the Freedom to Write Campaign, which advocates on behalf of imprisoned writers around the world.