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Today I am reviewing The Woman Before by Jennifer Moore, published by HQ Digital.


A perfect home

When Fern and Paul move into the large, old house on Crenellation Lane, with beautiful high ceilings and a luscious garden, they think they’ve found their dream home. After the devastating loss of Fern’s twin sister, it will be a fresh start and somewhere to raise their first baby.

A destructive obsession

But as soon as they arrive, Fern starts having terrifying nightmares about the woman who lived there before. When the woman showed Fern around, they bonded over their pregnancies. Now, Fern can’t let her go. Does she have something to do with the strange things happening in the house? Paul fears his wife has relapsed, obsessing in the same way she did with her twin.

A fatal secret

Fern questions the neighbours about the previous owner, but nobody wants to talk. It’s like the woman never even existed. Refusing to give up, Fern uncovers a shocking secret and now suddenly her whole family is in danger…

“Once you’ve met her, she won’t let you go…”

After the loss of her twin sister, pregnant Fern and her husband Paul, decide to move for a fresh start. But right from the get go things are not right. Who is the mysterious woman that Fern meets when inspecting their new home and plagues her nightmares and what are the secrets that their new home is hiding within its walls.

The Woman Before is a hauntingly atmospheric psychological thriller. I really enjoyed this book and its foreboding vibe throughout. Moore does a great job of building the tension and suspense and has delivered quite the edge of your seat addictive read with a few surprises.

I really enjoyed Moore’s style of writing and the way she drew me into the story. As a first foray into adult fiction, already an established author in children’s books, Moore has done a great job with this book and I look forward to reading more from her in this genre.

Thank you to Jennifer Moore, HQ Digital and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Woman Before, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google read Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Jennifer Moore is a freelance writer, novelist and children’s author. Her debut adult novel, The Woman Before will be published in July 2022 with HQ Digital (Harper Collins).

Jennifer was the first UK winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition and was previously shortlisted for the Greenhouse Funny Prize. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including The GuardianMslexiaThe First Line and Short Fiction.



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