Before Elena Langdon's mother is lowered into her final resting place, she senses someone staring at her. As Nicholas Madison offers his condolences to Elena, she's captivated by his handsome looks and charm. Still grieving the death of her mother, she learns Nicholas is also grieving the death of his wife. Soon their relationship blooms and they become inseparable.
Elena is so happy to have fallen in love with a man who's so thoughtful and attentive to her every need. However, when she inquires about his dead wife, his personality turns frightful and grim.
The Wife Before Me is dark and disturbing. There is nothing unique about the story line which I've read many times however, the author saturates the pages with lots of unforseen situations which kept me turning the pages for more. At times some of the scenes were so brutal causing my body to wince.
As the story is told in different perspectives, it smoothly moves from the past to the present. I was able to understand and get a feel of the characters as they expressed the mindset they were in at that time.
Betrayal, manipulation and lies drip on every page in The Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot. Because the subject matter in this book is quite disturbing, I did enjoy it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Elliot's books.
Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for an ebook ARC in exchange for my honest review.