Title: The Woman He Loved Before
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Release Date: Out Now
She’s out of his life, but is she out of his heart?
Libby has a nice life with a great job, a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But she’s becoming more unsure of Jack’s feelings for her – and if he is over the mysterious death of Eve, his first wife.
When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve.
Eventually Libby stumbles across some startling truths about Eve. As she begins to unearth more and more devastating secrets, Libby becomes frightened that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved. . .
The book starts out with a car crash, with the main character Libby on the edge of death so naturally I was hooked from page one. Libby is having flashbacks from when she met Jack and parts of their relationship, while flicking back to present day. I didn’t know if she was seeing her life flash before her eyes while dying and I just had to keep reading to make sure she was okay! I’ve read all of Koomson’s other books and loved them, The Woman He Loved Before may be a new favorite!
It is written in first person, from a few of the characters POV’s weaving the web of a fascinating different kind of love triangle. You hear from Libby, her husband Jack and finally half way through his late wife Eve. As I learned the heartbreaking story behind the mysterious Eve I found myself feeling so much sympathy for people who I never thought I would. This book touched me and will stay with me for a long time. I could almost say it has changed me and the way I judge people. It was impossible to put down because even while you are reading from a characters POV you still don’t know what the next twist is going to be.
Libby is one heck of a heroine and very lovable. I don’t want to say too much about the discoveries Libby finds out about Eve, as part of the brilliance of the book was the surprise, but I will say I’ll never forget her and the story Libby unravels.