NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.
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Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.
The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.
Praise for The Girl Before
“Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.”—Lee Child
“The Girl Before generates a fast pace. . . . [J. P.] Delaney intersperses ethics questions on stand-alone pages throughout the book. . . . The single most ingenious touch is that we’re not provided either woman’s answers.”—The New York Times
“J. P. Delaney builds the suspense.”—Vanity Fair
“Immediate guarantee: You will not be able to put this book down. . . . Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will realize that there’s not only more where that came from, but it’s also more thrilling.”—American Booksellers Association
“This is going to be the buzziest book of 2017. We may only be a few weeks into 2017, but we’re calling it early: This year, The Girl Before will be that book. The upcoming novel by author J. P. Delaney has all of the makings of a sexy murder mystery that is sure to hit the bestseller chart, and it already has the movie deal to prove it.”—InStyle
“Delaney has created a genuinely eerie, fascinating setting in One Folgate Street. . . . The novel’s structure, volleying back and forth as first Emma and then Jane begin to question their improbable luck, is beautifully handled. The pages fly.”—USA Today
“The house has a dark past and a landlord that’s anything but welcoming.”—New York Post, one of the must-read books of the week
“The Girl Before is deservedly anointed the ‘top girl’ of this season’s suspense novels.”—The Washington Post
“The Girl Before is a cat-and-mouse game that toys with our expectations and twists our sympathies. At times almost unbearably suspenseful, it keeps us guessing from the first page to the very last. Don’t miss it.”—Joseph Finder
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Really good book!! 55
1. I am so glad to see that this book is being made into a film. Can't wait! 2. This book was SO very good. I could rave on and on and on about it, but I wouldn't want to become cumbersome--Edward wouldn't like that--(insider), so I'll just say that if you enjoy thrillers that build LITERALLY as you turn each page, this book is for Y O U! 3. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because of the drop at the end of the book and the ending itself! I wanted more, but am satisfied with what I got when it all comes down to it. 4. This review is in the form of a list because Edward would like it neatly arranged, just so. :) 45
I loved the book. It is well written by a very gifted writer. Stay with it. The book asked many questions. It left me with a question of my own. How shall the young remain sinless?/Psalm 119:9 Who wants to remain sinless 00000 Obeying God's Word Fill in the circle that best suits you. Who wants to be sinless far left. Obeying God's Word far right. 55
This book is such a page turner! A must read. 55
Loved the description of the architectural philosophy of Monkford. Also very good character development of him. Really kept me turning the pages. Great format of 2 women's story's in alternating chapters. One criticism, which I have encountered on another book lately, (The Weight of Blood)...slowly builds suspense until the key plot revelation...then it seems hurried to the end...as though they've run out of ideas. Definitely worth reading regardless. 45
When a book can pull you in so much you are playing out the movie in your head and picking out the characters, I'm already waiting patiently for the next novel. Loved the plot and the way the author pulls you along, right till the very end, and still you really have no clue what the end really looks like. Thoroughly enjoyed this one! 55
This book starts off really good but gets progressively worse; the plot was not well developed into the suspenseful Page turner I expected. When you get close to the end it feels like the author got in a hurry and just wanted to be done with it It had potential to be a good thriller but I felt really cheated by the hurried ending. Don't waste your time, too expensive for such a big disappointment 25
It was a page turner for sure. I can't wait to see it come to life on the big screen 45
The Girl Before is a mind-blowing psychological thriller of the strangest and eeriest proportions. A thriller where architecture, asceticism, minimalism (that puts Marie Kondo to shame), murder, and twisted romance vie for attention. A narrative that is shared by two residents of Edward Monkford’s controversial architectural masterpiece; one past resident and one present… one dead resident and one living… two intertwined and sometimes unreliable narratives that ramp up the suspense. As a psychological thriller, I love The Girl Before. I dropped my rating from 4 stars to 3 due to the fact that the romance between the two women (at different times) with Edward Monkford is so twisted and dark. It is the “modern” thing to do but as a Christian, I was turned off by it. I finished the story because I really wanted to know the ending as I was pulled whole-heartedly into the mystery. I recommend that The Girl Before only be read by adults. Those of you adults who love a good psychological thriller and are willing to deal with the bizarre sex will likely love it. As a reviewer for NetGalley, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher. Review by Zoe at the blessed and bewildered blog (find all of my reviews by searching for blessedandbewildered) 35
The book stars with a great premise and draws you in, but midway through it gets tedious. By the end, I was like WTH? 35
The book was Very suspenseful!! It kept my interest throughout the whole book. 45
Honestly, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended it!! 55
At times predictable. If one can overlook the holes in the technology it's not a bad read. If one can overlook the holes on the psychology it's better. 35
I finished this book because I had to see if it got better. Many reviewers gave it high ratings, I would beg to differ. It was a compilation of recent best sellers, at best. I got super annoyed that the character Emma's chapters always had " Simon states" or " I say" it was hard to distinguish dialogue from other content. I would save your money. 25
Boooooooring! Really wish I hadn't bought it. 15
I thought it was good. A lot of suspects so it wasn't easy to figure out. Made me think about minimalism and what's required in one's life. 45
Definitely a page turner. So many unexpected events it keeps you wanting to read more! Totally worth it. I can't wait for the movie that follows. 45
Incredible!! Finished in two days. Hated to see it end. 55