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The Woman Before Me

The Woman Before Me

A Cate Austin Novel

Ruth Dugdall

  • awardWinner, Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, United Kingdom
  • awardWinner, Luke Bitmead Bursary Award, United Kingdom, 2009
  • awardShortlisted, People’s Book Prize, United Kingdom, 2011
  • They came for me, just like I knew they would. Luke had been dead for just three days. 

    Rose Wilks’ life is shattered when her newborn baby Joel is admitted to intensive care. 

    Emma Hatcher has all that Rose lacks. Beauty. A loving husband. A healthy son. Until tragedy strikes and Rose is the only suspect. 

    Now, having spent nearly five years behind bars, Rose is just weeks away from freedom. Her probation officer Cate must decide whether Rose is remorseful for Luke’s death, or whether she remains a threat to society. As Cate is drawn in, she begins to doubt her own judgment. 

    Where is the line between love and obsession? Can justice be served and, if so… by what means?

    Read Ruth’s interview with the West Australian.

    Ruth Dugdall
    About the Author

    Ruth Dugdall is a British crime writer. She worked for almost a decade in the criminal justice system as a probation officer, specialising in the most extreme crimes when she was seconded to a high security prison. The Woman Before Me is Dugdall’s crime fiction debut and is the first Cate Austin novel. The Sacrificial Man is her second Cate...

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    2 July 2012
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    Praise for Ruth Dugdall
    andThe Woman Before Me

    ‘Dark, disturbing and authentic.’

    ‘Impressive in its unflinching realism, this is a dark and haunting psychological thriller that possesses both depth and sensitivity.’

    ‘Authentic… diverting.’

    ‘Just when I thought I’d got it sussed, I’m proved wrong. This is a clever and suspenseful story told in an engaging style.’

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