Friday, 9 March 2018

#BlogTour: The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall @RuthDugdall @Legend_Press #NewEdition #TheWomanBeforeMe

This edition published on 1st March 2018. Legend Press is reissuing some of its most popular titles in a decade of publishing. The Woman Before Me is one of those. This new edition has behind the scenes essays by the author. My thanks to Imogen of Legend Press for inviting me on to the blog and for providing a review copy.

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?
New Edition includes exclusive material and author Q&A

My Thoughts:

I was really excited to be contacted by Legend Press to be asked to read this book on its reissue, they are hoping to bring it to a new audience and I guess that I am a prime example of that as rather embarrassingly, I haven't read any of this authors books before. 

The Woman Before Me is the first book in the Cate Austin series. Cate is a probation officer who has been tasked with deciding if Rose is fit for release from prison after a five year sentence. Rose has been inside for the death of her friend Emma's baby. Rose keeps a black book where the reader manages to learn something of Rose's life before the tragedy.

The Woman Before Me is thrilling and disturbing and I loved every page. I was constantly surprised by the twists and turns offered up by the author. Although written 7 years ago this book is just as current in today's market than if it were written yesterday.

Bold and daring in its writing Rose is one of the most unreliable characters I have ever come across. At one moment she was gaining my sympathy and at another my fury. 

Tackling many themes such as loss, justice and punishments, truth and lies. We also get to learn a lot about prison life. 

I found this book to be very sad and that undertone ran throughout, the twists and turns in the plots were plausible and kept me engrossed. I would now read the other books in the series for sure. 

Accomplished book. I won't forget it in a hurry. 

About the Author:
Author of 'The Woman Before Me' (2010) 'The Sacrificial Man' (2011) 'The James Version' (2012) 'Humber Boy B' (2015) and 'Nowhere Girl' (2015)
Ruth studied a BA (Hons) degree in English and Theatre Studies at Warwick University, and then an MA is Social Work at UEA. She worked as a Probation Officer for almost a decade, working in prisons with numerous high-risk criminals. Ruth's debut novel The Woman Before Me (Legend Press, 2010) was informed by her experiences. Ruth's professional background gives her writing authenticity and credibility. Ruth's second novel The Sacrificial Man was published in 2011.

Ruth is the winner of the CWA Debut Dagger and the Luke Bitmead Bursary and has been longlisted for the New Angle Book Prize and People's Book Prize.
Website www.ruthdugdall.com Twitter: @RuthDugdall
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