Review. Another masterpiece from Dorothy Koomson A must-read that will have you gripped *****’ The author has crafted another wonderful tale that has the. The Woman He Loved Before is my seventh novel and it’s probably the novel that has had the greatest personal impact on me. The Woman He Loved Before. Dorothy Koomson. Grand Central, $ trade paper (p) ISBN

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The Woman He Loved Before

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Ths using our website you agree to our use of cookies. We can notify you when this item is back in stock. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The Woman He Loved Before. Description Libby has a good life with a gorgeous husband and a home by the sea.

But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has beforee loved her – and if he is over the 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.

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But in doing so she unearths devastating secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved. The Best Books of Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Looking for beautiful books? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Review Text Another masterpiece from Dorothy Koomson. A must-read that will have you gripped ‘ Heat show more. About Dorothy Koomson Dorothy has two degrees, is a journalist and has written for numerous women’s magazines and newspapers, including the Guardian, New Woman and Cosmo. Our customer reviews I couldn’t put this book down and read it in a day! Koomson always writes with skill and this was no exception.

The subject matter was gritty and gripping and there were twists and turns galore. I’d give it 5 stars but must be critical, and The Chocolate Run is just an incey bit better! The way it’s worded, the way it rolls off the tongue, it seems as if Jack is some kind of evil person. Or perhaps that’s just me. It all seemed very creepy, so I was pleasantly surprised that the plot of the novel wasn’t necessarily what I thought it was going to be. Although I must admit, I never stopped wondering when ‘Evil Jack’ was going to show!


For some strange reason, I was truly sitting and waiting for him to be evil. The plot of The Woman He Loved Before is hard to define; it’s hard to discuss without spoiling it because despite my thoughts on the synopsis, I didn’t have a pre-conceived notion of what the book was going to be about, what was going to happen.

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Aoman thought that was an excellent way to read the book, though, as because Dorothy’s books are so mysterious and can turn on a dime, it’s best to start reading her novels without knowing any major plot points; it just works better. What I knew from the outset about the book was such: Libby is married to Jack; Jack odrothy married to Eve; Eve died.

That was the sum of all my befor, except for my inexplicable worry about Jack being evil but that was conjecture. I thought the book managed to keep its pace really well. Libby’s current situation is a surprise, and how Libby happens upon learning more about Eve is even more of a surprise. I mean, the prologue really set the book up properly, and be warned, you won’t be able to read the prologue without wanting to read the rest of the book.

I’ve never read a more chilling, more enticing prologue. The book is then written from three points of view: Jack’s portions of the novel were short and sweet, but they offered a good insight ooved Libby and into Eve.

Libby’s portion of the novel was the longest, obviously, and it was intriguing to see how despite feeling as though Jack did love her, she always had the nagging feeling about Eve, always wondered if he loved her Eve more. I found Llved part of the book truly fascinating. Eve’s story is the one that really gives the novel its backbone. It sets it all up for the ending, it explains everything that happened, and it was the koomeon for everything in the book, basically.

It’s like it all began and it all ended with Eve. I found the characters to be very fascinating, Dorothy Koomson is a wonderful character writer.

Libby was just the right side of sympathetic. Her love for Jack was real and palpable and I did feel sorry for her that she always felt she was second best. Much like her, I could understand completely why she was desperate to know everything there was to know about Eve; who wouldn’t be in her position?


Like I already mentioned above, I did expect Dkrothy to be some kind of monster but I was pleasantly surprised to find actually, koomsob wasn’t that bad a person.

I mean, it’s not entirely his fault that he loved Eve as much as he did, and despite Libby’s reservations and despite Jack’s wonderings too, I did believe he loved Libby on some level and I felt sympathy for him, too. Eve, though, was bdfore far the most fascinating character. Her live, how she lived it, was compulsive reading. There’s part of me doroghy understands her life choices, understands everything she went through but there was a part of me – a very large part of me – that was disgusted with it all.

I think Koomson balanced it nicely, but it did still make me feel slightly uncomfortable, just through the choices Eve had to make. The Woman He Loved Before was an excellent read. Usually I’m fairly good at ‘making’ the endings of novels. I didn’t rorothy this one.

I had no idea that twist was coming, although when it was revealed there’s part of me that did say “Well it had to happen, didn’t it?

The Woman He Loved Before – Dorothy Koomson

Although the novel was brilliant, I do have to question a few points. I know it’s fiction, so Koomson has creative license, but at the beginning dororhy the book there are some police mentioned, they come to see Libby in fact and after that, they disappear. I found that baffling. The reasons they gave for coming to see Libby tell me they wouldn’t have koomsoh it up and I found it very strange that that particular plot line wasn’t put to bed properly. Either Koomson wiman have given it its due or she should have scrapped it because the way it was, was nonsensical and it felt unfinished.

Apart from that, this was another gripping, excellent read. It must be draining to write a book like this; I was drained just reading it. I’m happy I read it though, Koomson is a master storyteller and I can’t befoe for her next novel.

Her books are absolute must-reads. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.