Thank you to Legend Press for the blog tour invite, as well as a copy of Ruth’s book. Here is my review:
They came for me, just like I knew they would. Luke had been dead for just three days.
Rose Wilks life is shattered when her newborn baby Joel is admitted to intensive care. Emma Hatcher has all that Rose lacks. Beauty. A loving husband. A healthy son. Until tragedy strikes and Rose is the only suspect.
Now, having spent nearly five years behind bars, Rose is just weeks away from freedom. Her probation officer Cate must decide whether Rose is remorseful for Luke s death, or whether she remains a threat to society. As Cate is drawn in, she begins to doubt her own judgement.
Where is the line between love and obsession, can justice be served and, if so… by what means?
What does TWG think?
I have to admit that, although whilst hearing of this author before now, I had never sat down with one of her books. Trust me to choose my first one with an extremely hard theme!!
Despite the fact that ‘The Woman Before Me’ contains themes which could distress some readers, I thought that the entire storyline was approached in such a realistic, relatable, and extremely powerful manner. Hats off to Ruth Dugdall for writing such an emotive storyline and keeping it real. Whilst I understand that readers who have dealt with loss like Rose, may feel that this storyline is too close to home, I appreciate how realistic the author has kept the subject, despite the fact that I found myself struggling to read certain parts. People seem to forget that storylines in books are often based on real life events and, if an author can’t project a little piece of reality into her characters, there really is no point in continuing, is there?
For me, the pace of this book was absolutely spot on. There were no pregnant pauses, or chapters where I felt like I was twiddling my thumbs waiting for the storyline to pick up again. Every page just seemed to flow in such a flawless manner and, as weird as this sounds, it made it such a joy to read as I found myself becoming incredibly invested in Rose’s situation and her life. If there book was a slow burner, I really don’t think I would have lost myself in the storyline.
Overall, I found ‘The Woman Before Me’ to be such an addictive, intense and highly compelling read which not only kept me guessing, it also allowed to me ignore everything around me. Yes, the storyline has multiple dark themes, and yes, they do make for an uncomfortable read. That said, I cannot fault the way in which the author has executed the storyline at all.