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 . .
Before I Find You was utterly gripping, a proper page turner and beautifully written.
We have three different viewpoints going on – that of Maggie, a Private Detective who specialises in catching out cheating spouses, Helene, a wife who believes she is being cheated on and Alice, step-daughter to Helene who has a close and almost obsessive love for her Dad. Gabe Moreau, an enigmatic man, is the focus of all three women for different reasons throughout the story…
It is a clever and twisted tale, which is genuinely unpredictable – themes of family, parenthood and hidden secrets, with a slow burning intense prose that eats up the reader- before I knew it I was half way through, caught up in the lives of these fascinating, nuanced characters and dying to know what was what.
I liked this very much because it didn’t take the path of least resistance and burn through twists and turns but rather was subtle in it’s plotting, offering random insight into each of the characters, obfuscating their realities and intentions so you are never really sure what they might do. This adds to the unpredictability of it but also to the addictive nature of it, so the secrets when they are finally revealed are thought provokingly emotive.
Overall a really excellent read. I look forward to more.
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