The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Legend Press
Rose Wilks is obsessed with baby Luke, but he is not her son, is Emma Hatcher's son, a woman who she envies and follows secretly... but when Luke dies and she is convicted with manslaughter she is ready to face sentence, but she will always say that she is not guilty. Ready for a travel through the mind of Rose?
"Creeping across the threshold, I listen to the silence of the sleeping house. These middle hours, between three and four in the morning when deepest sleep can be reached, make the kitchen seem larger and emptier that in daylight. Different. Although the difference is me. This time I'm saying goodbye."
This book was not what I was expecting in the beginning, it's not that I didn't enjoy the read and surprised with the twists that were waiting at the end of the book, but I thought it would be more based on the case of why Rose is in prison not her life. But after reading the book, I suppose you can not understand Rose acts if you don't know her past, they are intertwined.
This is not just the story of Rose, maybe it's the story of all the women (and men) that had lost their way to live and try to find the same passion somewhere else, even if they harm someone, their need to love is so big that they can't think of the consequences of their acts.
We meet the probation officer too, Cate Austin, that is moved by the story but doesn't trust that Rose has remorse of her acts... she will have to make a harsh decision, giving the conditional to Rose or make her stay in prison for more years... A death of a newborn is not easy to forget or to accept, but Rose has some secrets on her own... what will Cate decide? I was expecting to know a little bit more of Cate, I´ve seen that this book will be a series, so I hope we will learn more about both of them, it's always nice to know how the years treat the characters you liked!
I recommend you to read this book if you are searching for something different, it's not a psychological book where everything is centered on the case, it's a slow burn story, that has more layers than you can expect and a difficult story to tell, but nicely written.
Ready for The Woman Before Me?