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Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Typically when you’re reading a suspense novel, you’d brace yourself for the “Aha!” moment; the moment when your mouth drops open due to the surprise revealed in the story. It’s usually the point in the story where I can no longer put the book down. I MUST finish it. The thrill taking over, the need for answers.
In Ruth Dugdall’s The Woman Before Me, there was no “Aha!” Yet from the very first page I could NOT put this book down. I turned page after page until the story was open fully in front of me. All the pieces of a large puzzle coming together quickly as the book neared completion.
“My file is in her lap and my fate’s in her hands.”
Rose’s tragic childhood shaped her into the woman she’s become. The woman who’s currently sitting tight in prison waiting for her probation officer Cate to approve or deny her an early release. Cate must reopen the case, visiting and re-interviewing Emma, who just happens to be the ex-wife of Rose’s current partner, and Emma’s husband, seeking answers that may have been missed previously. As the case unfolds, Cate is left to decide if Rose deserves a chance at living a normal life or if she still considers Rose to be a threat, keeping her locked away.
“My life before you met me, made me what I am.”
It’s not very often you read a suspenseful story that you haven’t already read before. The Woman Before Me is unlike any other. I was eager to find out if Rose truly was responsible for the fire that caused the death of Emma’s son, Luke, or if she had simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time.