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Before She Knew Him
Before She Knew Himbrookiefair (6)
Happy I tried something new! (Some spoilers ahead...)

I've always been consistent in the types of books I pick out and read. Typically sticking to YA, fictional love stories, or non-fiction historical books (hello JFK!). This one had me hooked from the summary. I have a total 'hang over' over this book right now. From mental illness, to marital problems, to murder this book covers all its topics in a suspensful manner.

While the book is in third person, you do get to read into each of the character's minds. You are in the loop the entire time, always knowing things before other characters.

There are some predictable portions of this book- which tends to happen when you read a lot- but there was also a lot of unexpected twists! I loved every part of this book and the ending was AWESOME as well!

One part of the ending confused me ---just when was it suppose to be that Hen and Dustin Miller met in the bar and went back to his place? Isnt he suppose to be a much younger kid? The timeline confused me! Any ideas?

Tawni (6)
They met a few months before he was murdered. He was in college already and old enough to drink. I think it said he was 22-23 when he died. Hen was in her mid thirties, so there's a definite age difference there!
Ange (6)
I found that part a bit confusing also!
Pierre1812 (33)
Hen and Dustin met a few months before Dustin was murdered. Hen went to a bar to sketch some people while Lloyd was away. Dustin was younger kid when he raped Courtney, that was his relation to Matthew. But when Hen met him, while younger than Hen, he was already in college I believe.
Before She Knew HimPierre1812 (33)
Mixed feelings. Spoilers ahead.

Mixed feelings about this one. There are parts of it I really enjoyed, Hen was a great main character and I thought that her past struggles with reality and depression were approached in a very appropriate way. My favorite part was when her twisted and messed up relationship with Matthew started to happen, their talks were really unexpected.But that’s pretty much it, I really enjoyed those two aspects enough to make me rate this as a like rather than a dislike.

Every other character was completely disposable and one-sided. Lloyd and Mira were wasted characters for me. Lloyd’s betrayal while hinted at earlier on, still felt out of place. I also wasn’t crazy about how Mira and Hen both had opportunities to cheat but decided not to, it all felt way too convenient in a way. Almost everything seemed to convenient and just fall into place though. Also, what was the deal with Matthew’s parents? It felt forced and weird and just... ugh... the bathing suit? Forcing the mom to eat on the floor in front of her kid? It never really gets explained or resolved, it felt like weirdness for the sake of weirdness.

Also wasn’t a fan of the twist. And when Matthew is describing killing Dustin, he mentions restraining his head to the headrest and then putting a plastic bag over his head, that’s physically impossible! If Dustin’s head was duct taped to the headrest, he wouldn’t be able to place a bag over his head.

In the end, I was kind of hoping for one more conversation between Hen and Matthew, or even Mira.

brookiefair (6)
I think the information pertaining to Matthew's parents was placed to give the reader a back ground into why he is the way he is now. I agree--- very weird.
Before She Knew HimStacilyn (3)
Wow...SO GLAD I started with this book!

The March book selection was my first with BOTM. I am so happy that I chose "Before She Knew Him." I literally finished the book in a little under 48 hours - I couldn't put it down! It grabbed me from the very first page and wouldn't let me go. Even once I finished, I was still thinking about it! The jacket info states that this is a first for this author. I can not wait for another of his books. I am now starting the second book (The Silent Patient - BOTM January 2019) that I received in my March box. I am hoping it is as good as this one!

brookiefair (6)
Im so happy I got this one as well! Not my typical type of pick. I have a total "Hang over" from this one!
ShannaDavis (6)
I also loved Before She Knew Him, & The Silent Patient! Happy reading :)
Before She Knew HimTawni (6)
LOVED!!! - **MAJOR Spoilers!!

Okay, WOW! I absolutely LOVED this book! Could not put it down. I didn't even remotely see that ending coming. I have an infant and a toddler, and I finished this in 2 days. Definitely a favorite from BOTM!

Looking for a little clarity or opinions here - did Mira know about Matthew's alter ego Richard? It said throughout the book that Mira didn't like Richard. When she came home abruptly and found Matthew's office disheveled, she assumed Richard had been there. So if Richard died during infancy, then Mira had never actually met him face to face - unless of course she had, in which she would know her husband wasn't well. And if that's the case, then why was she so shocked when the neighbor accused her husband of murder? See what I'm saying?

The only other explanation is if she simply didn't like him because of the way Matthew talked about his brother. But wouldn't that be super odd, to have never met your husband's brother that he sometimes talked to?

Let me hear your thoughts on that!

brookiefair (6)
I believe that Mira was aware of Richard. I was a bit confused, but when she says how she thinks Richard slept in the office makes me think she was aware. I think she knew who her husband was-2 personalities that were both violent. She was in denial in her own mind, wanted her life to carry on. Matthew also says he knows Mira doesn't like Richard- so this also leads me to believe shes 'met' him and has tried to get Mathew help. Maybe thats why he only 'calls Richard' when Mira is out of town..
VictoriaCadence (4)
Hi Tawni. I think Mira did know about Richard. In her scenes, she is always battling with the voice inside her head. She knew from the start that Matthew killed Jay, but I think she just tried to suppress it because she did not want to acknowledge that he was crazy. I really believe Mira knew about Richard/Matthew's split personality condition. He states that Mira hated when Richard was around which makes me think that she discovered the truth and wanted her "Bear" to be with her. I finished the book in 3 sittings. It was good and the twists shocked me for sure, but it really freaked me out. Also, everything just fell into place too easily IMO.
Tawni (6)
It definitely freaked me out a bit too. I was thinking she must know about the split personality if Richard was to never be around Mira and for her to dislike him so much. I think I'm going to read the book again to get a better context for that relationship and see if I pick up on anything else I might have missed. I flew through this book!
Pierre1812 (33)
I wasn’t too crazy about this book. I really enjoyed parts of it, but as a whole it was a bit disappointing for me. That’s an excellent point you bring up and it’s my biggest problem with twists is that it all has to make sense at the end... the fact that Richard was aware of everything and he was never around Mira made sense, but when you have Mira’s viewpoint saying “Richard must have slept here” it just doesn’t really work... at least not for me...
Stacilyn (3)
Wow! Tawnie... great question!! Now that you mention it, I am wondering the same thing (whether Mira knew about "Richard" or not). I will now go read some of the replies to your question to see what other think about it. Great review btw. Almost exactly the way I am about to write mine...finished in two days, couldn't put it down etc, etc etc...lol
Before She Knew HimTawni (6)
LOVED!!! - **MAJOR Spoilers!!

Okay, WOW! I absolutely LOVED this book! Could not put it down. I didn't even remotely see that ending coming. I have an infant and a toddler, and I finished this in 2 days. Definitely a favorite from BOTM!

Looking for a little clarity or opinions here - did Mira know about Matthew's alter ego Richard? It said throughout the book that Mira didn't like Richard. When she came home abruptly and found Matthew's office disheveled, she assumed Richard had been there. So if Richard died during infancy, then Mira had never actually met him face to face - unless of course she had, in which she would know her husband wasn't well. And if that's the case, then why was she so shocked when the neighbor accused her husband of murder? See what I'm saying?

The only other explanation is if she simply didn't like him because of the way Matthew talked about his brother. But wouldn't that be super odd, to have never met your husband's brother that he sometimes talked to?

Let me hear your thoughts on that!

Ange (6)
I agree! how did she think that Richard had slept over in the office or wherever it was. Like its weird that she dint like Richard but is that just from what Matthew has told her about him that made her not like him? or did she meet the other personality of Matthew. ugh lol
Before She Knew Himcotoole813 (1)
Waiting...

How long does it take to usually receive your BOTM order? I ordered on March 1st.

Tawni (6)
It's always pretty slow for me. It takes at least a week to get to me from when I place my order.
CaitlinJaime (1)
It typically takes weeks for mine to arrive...
KristineCoumbe (27)
It seems to change monthly. I ordered mine on the 28th. It was shipped om the 2nd and I received it on the 7th. Weirdly when I looked at the tracking which was sketchy this month I should have gotten it on the 6th. I also think it depends on where you live in the USA. I am in the upper midwest and it can be 4 to 6 days to arrive.
lissajacobs (9)
There is a tracking number when you go to your box and that order, or in the email they send you saying it shipped.
Pierre1812 (33)
Depends on the postal service really. The fastest one I got shipped on the 2nd and got here on the 5th, but one time it shipped on the 1st and it didn’t arrive until the 12th...
Before She Knew Him (1)
Eye-catching Cover

I just received mine today, a few days earlier than I expected! I can't wait to start reading it! What does everyone think about the cover? I think the bright yellow and black really draw your attention to it, and the shadow on her face creates a suspenseful tone before even reading the inside cover.

brookiefair (6)
Love the cover and love the colors of the book with out it!
michelemrogacki (6)
I received my books on Wednesday, started reading Before She Knew Him on Thursday and finished Friday night. It drew me in. I had to finish, but was disappointed in the end! I don't want to give it away, but it got a little too gruesome and then obvious for me.
Tawni (6)
Really? I disagree on the ending, I was not expecting any of the ending. I really enjoyed it!