Blog tour: Before I Find You by Ali Knight
Hello there, and welcome to my stop on the Before I Find You blog tour.
Sorry for the radio silence over the past couple of weeks: we’ve moved home and trying to get WiFi installed has been a nightmare, so it’s been a blogless fortnight for me. Luckily they should be coming to install on Friday, so I will be back and blogging more regularly throughout the rest of the year.
I’m using my partner’s mobile data to get this post up, so it’s going to be short and sweet (and less polished than my blog tour posts normally are!) but I’m going to share a bit about Before I Find You before I give you some of my thoughts.
Maggie is a husband watcher. A snooper, a marriage doctor, a destroyer of dreams, a killer of happy-ever-afters. She runs her own private detective agency specialising in catching out those who cheat. And she’s very good at it. Until Helene walks through her door.
Helene is a husband catcher. A beautiful wife, a doting stepmother, a perfect home maker and a dazzling presence at parties. She counts herself lucky to have married one of the most eligible men in town – Gabe Moreau. Until she sees something that threatens her little family of three.
Alice is a perfect daughter. Apple of her father’s eye, a kind stepchild to Helene, a tragic daughter of a dead mother. She lives a sheltered but happy life, until she finds a handwritten note on her father’s desk: ‘You owe me. I’m not going away.’
All three women suspect Gabe Moreau of keeping secrets and telling lies. But not one of them suspects that the truth could result in murder…
Before I Find You is Ali Knight’s fifth novel, but it’s the first of hers which I’ve read. I was instantly intrigued by the premise: Maggie sounded like a version of Jessica Jones (well, without the superpowers!) while the family dynamic between Helene and Alice – both of who suspected the behaviour of the head of the family – had a lot of potential.
Unfortunately, it took me a while to get into Before I Find You. Maggie’s acerbic attitude was refreshing, but Helene and Alice were so similar that at times I found myself getting confused by which one we were following. Alice is a bit of a spoilt brat, but she’s lived such a sheltered life that her sudden confrontation with reality causes a dramatic shift in character which kept me turning the pages.
Meanwhile, Helene is the catalyst for the entire story – if she hadn’t seen a seemingly intimate exchange between Gabe and a woman at a gala, none of this would have happened – but her chapters for the middle of the story became unengaging. This is the problem when you have three viewpoints which all have their own interesting storylines: I was racing through every other chapter, but struggled to motivate myself to get through a couple of them.
It’s difficult to review a book like Before I Find You without giving spoilers, because I think the story is more successful when you don’t know what’s going to happen. What I can tell you is that there are going to be twists which you’ll never see coming, and you’ll have your heart in your mouth towards the end of the book. It helps that there’s a scene at the beginning of the book which the entire story leads towards – you’ll constantly be asking yourself how the characters find themselves in that situation.
Maggie is a very strong character, and the Blue and White detective agency has a lot of life left in it, so I hope that Ali Knight decides to revisit the agency in one of her future releases. I can’t see any plans for a sequel just yet, but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.
Thank you again to Hodder and Stoughton for allowing me to be part of the Before I Find You blog tour. Hopefully I’ll be more active again from next week, so I’ll see you then!