Before I Met You is the second book I have read by John Nicholl and it has some crazy, dark scenes. On the surface, this book is about a young woman who was assaulted when she was just a little girl who grows up and decides to take justice and revenge into her own hands. She starts pretending to be nine and ten years old again, luring these creeps into her web the same way a spider does a fly. The things she does once they arrive expecting a little girl with their promises of ponies, secret fun, and everything else under the sun will shock you to your core.
There were times I had to look away from what was happening in the book because of how detailed and shocking it was. But then, of course, I had to look back and carry on so that I could finish. So looking away really did nothing for me except give me a second to breathe and regain composure. On one tiny, small hand (like the one from Scary Move 2, perhaps), I did feel a teeny tiny bit of sympathy for the men who went from predator to prey. But only because they were, in fact, so helpless, pathetic, and lost. I was mostly cheering her on but then I started feeling kind of dark, too. I think this book may be the reason I woke up two nights in a row around 2AM all hot and paranoid. This book did something to me after reading certain scenes.
In the end, though, the aforementioned torture scenes were most of what this book had to offer. The police an detective scenes were pretty average and I felt myself rushing through them to get back to HER point of view so I could see who was next in line to be judged and executed. There was nothing wrong with Nicholl’s writing, I just was not as entertained with all the investigating work and what not as I was in the previous book of his I read, Portraits of the Dead. The ending of this book is also quite sudden and I found myself thinking, “Well, that’s that.”
This book gets a 3 out of 5 for me and Nicholl continues to be an author I want to read more of – and lucky for me there are some more books of his out there calling me name! Thanks to NetGalley and Bloodhound Publishing for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!