One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.
Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other.
Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of.
And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia.
Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone.
Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.
The Wife before Me by Laura Elliot first reads like a romance novel. Elena and Nicholas meet and sparks are flying everywhere. Never mind the fact that they met during the burial of Elena’s mother. Their courtship is filled with a lot of romance though there are also a couple of red flags. It doesn’t take long for Elena to realize that she has married a monster. Nicholas is abusive, deranged and there is mystery surrounding his first wife’s disappearance.
There are many uncomfortable moments in the story. Chapters detail the abuse that Elena went through in the marriage. There are a number of characters that I naturally disliked like Nicholas and his mother who simply refused to see her darling son for who he really was.
I flew through the first section of the book but then, things slowed down after the narrator switched in the second section. The plot also had quite a number of supportive characters whose names and stories I couldn’t keep track of. There were also switches (narrators) that made it hard to immediately realize who was narrating the story.
In the end, the few niggles impended my enjoyment of this story although I still couldn’t help but read it until the last page. I enjoyed the tension in the narrative and the sort of mystic ending.