'My name is David James Forrester. I'm a solicitor. Tonight, at 6.10, I killed my wife. This is my statement.'
In Melbourne's inner west, David sits in his car, dictaphone in hand. He's sick to his stomach but determined to record his version of events. His wife Elle hovers over her own lifeless body as it lies in the laundry of the house they shared. David thinks back on their relationship – intimate, passionate, intense – and what led to this terrible night.
From her eerie vantage point, Elle traces the sweep of their shared past too. Before David, she'd enjoyed a contented life – as a successful filmmaker, a much-loved aunt and friend. But in the course of two years, she was captivated and then undone by him. Not once in those turbulent times did she imagine that her alluring, complex husband was capable of this.
Dark, atmospheric and gripping, What Came Before is a stunning literary thriller about the risks you take when you fall in love.
About the Author
Initially trained as a lawyer, Anna George has worked in the legal world as well as the film and television industries. She studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, and has written feature film scripts. She is currently working on her second novel, which is set on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.
'This took my breath away. Brilliantly structured, captivating and able to hold my attention right to the surprising ending, it takes a complex subject and helps us understand the motivations of those involved.' Geelong Advertiser 'A relationship to rival that of Gone Girl's Nick and Amy, in so many ways ...This is a complex novel, full of complex characters. Its twists and turns make it hard to decide which side to take, much like Gone Girl. What this one has, however, is an essence of reality, which probably makes it scarier still.' Sunday Canberra Times 'Anna George has a delightful way with words and dispatches the story with style and class ...Her knowledge of what makes a good story comes together to kick this book into a superbly delivered page turner. Readers will feel they are in good hands.' Bendigo Weekly 'This debut bodes well for Anna George's future writing prospects.' Sun-Herald
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 25th March 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.4 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1