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The Woman I Was Before
Big Little Lies meets Little Fires Everywhere in this intense, emotionally gripping novel about a woman trying to escape her past and start a new life with her daughter — until an accident unleashes all of her secrets.
Of all the emotions single mother Kate Jones expects to feel as she walks into her brand-new house on Parkview Road, hope is the most surprising. She has changed her and her daughter’s names and moved across the country to escape the single mistake that destroyed their lives.
But Kate isn’t the only woman on the street starting afresh. Warm, whirlwind Gisela, with her busy life and confident children, and sharp, composed Sally, with her spontaneous marriage and high-flying career, are the first new friends Kate has allowed herself in years. While part of her envies their seemingly perfect lives, their friendship helps Kate to leave her guilt behind.
Until one day, everything changes. Kate is called to the scene of a devastating car accident, the consequences of which will test everything the women thought they knew about each other and themselves.
"It's been a long time since I read a whole book in 24 hours but there was no way I was putting down The Woman I Was Before. No one writes complex, painful family love like Kerry Fisher. Real and raw but funny too. Loved it!"—Iona Gray, award-winning author of Letters to the Lost
"A compulsively readable novel about family skeletons."—Publishers Weekly on The Silent Wife
"A wonderful, poignant, heart-breaking, heart-warming story of families and secrets, of hidden strength and unexpected friendship. Brilliant! Very highly recommended. Cannot wait for Kerry's next!"—Renita D'Silva, Pushcart Prize-nominated author, on The Silent Wife