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Book Review – The One Before by Miranda Smith @bookouture #BookReview #BookBlogger #mystery

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Quite a twisted mystery, especially in the last few pages, where the unexpected occurances made it an exciting reading. A smooth flow to the prose captured my interest as author Miranda Smith made the truth so compelling.

This was a pure mystery where Madison, a newly engaged woman, came back to Cooper’s hometown to start a new life. Gossip soon hit her about his ex-girlfriend’s disappearance. A mother wanted justice for the loss of her daughter.

I was quite surprised that as the pages turned, I couldn’t seem to put down my kindle even for a second. The story started like a small town read with gossip and petty rumors and one influential family holding the pursestrings. But it later became a maze where unopened mysteries came to light.

I didn’t know what I was investigating when I started reading, and that was when the author pulled the rug from under my feet as she brought in a new mystery but so well connected to the main plotline.

My niggles worked into my reading. Madison was an investigating journalist. She did tell me that many times, but I hardly saw her investigating. The mid section felt a bit slow. Then the prose picked up to a shattering climax.

The last few lines of the book touched my heart as Madison looked back on who she was. So well written. An engrossing read.


Rating: 4 out of 5.








I love him. I trust him… But what if I’m wrong?

Whisper Falls is a fresh start for Madison and her fiancé Cooper. The safe, quiet town on the shores of a beautiful lake is the perfect place to spend the rest of their lives.

But then Madison learns that Cooper’s high-school girlfriend Celia disappeared after a party. Three days later, her body was found in the lake.

And the town thinks it wasn’t an accident.

Madison loves Cooper, but she can’t help wondering. She has to know the truth.

But if she starts asking questions, what other secrets will be revealed? Will she meet the same fate as the woman who came before her?


Publication Date: November 2020

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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17 thoughts on “Book Review – The One Before by Miranda Smith @bookouture #BookReview #BookBlogger #mystery Leave a comment

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this one Shalini! Lovely review, you’ve made the story sound really gripping and unpredictable. I’m in the mood for a good thriller as I’ve not read one for ages, so I’ll definitely be taking a look! 📚❤️ X x x


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