The Girl Before

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.


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

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Fantastic read5 star

Completely obsessed. I couldn’t stop reading! 55

Bohman ;)


It's gonna be hard to find a new book to read after this one!!! 55

Cut wood

It kept my interest.4 star

Very interesting. Though The Who done it was a little in satisfying. 45


The Girl Before5 star

This book was exhilarating and heartbreaking. It is written in such an intriguing way, it jumps back and forth and I couldn’t put it down. Amazing work. 55


Not worth the $$$2 star

It was terrible. Can’t believe the good reviews for this book. Save your money! 25


Easy Read3 star

A super easy to read book, but not the five star thriller that I was hoping for, with a somewhat weird ending. The book kind of started to remind me of 50 Shades and I really wasn't into it. The good thing is, it's strays away from The Girl on the Train and A Woman in the Window (so no alcoholic who can't remember a crime like all the other thrillers coming out). There aren't really any likable characters in this book except for Jane, but then towards the end, you kind of stop liking her too. There were a couple of twists that really surprised me and that's mostly what I look for in a thriller. Wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, but it was also easy to keep reading with spare time. 35


Couldn’t put it down.5 star

Absolutely thrilling. 55


The Girl Before1 star

This book started out as a good read! It quickly tumbled as one of the worst books I have read! Too much vulgarity and unnecessary sex descriptions! Further it degrades women. It pictures us as needy and unable to stand on our own two feet! In my opinion a waste of time and money! 15


The girl before5 star

Really good book. 55


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v good4 star

I want to give it five stars but I can't, the idea and way the book was written was pristine but it took 200 pages for something exciting to happen. I would recommend 45


Terrible Ending3 star

The book was a page turner! I couldn't wait to see what would happen on the next page. Finally, it wrapped up and the bad guy was taken down and all was good. Then the author decided to tack on six extra pages of garbage in what seemed like an attempt to terribly entice you to read a possible sequel. If a sequel happens, I'll pass. Poor ending! 35


Don't waste your time or money2 star

This book is a pitiful attempt for something similar to Girl on the Train or Gone Girl. I agree it does have many twists and turns but all of which leave nothing but loose ends. There's really no plot and nothing ever comes together in the end. For me I had to force myself to finish it, definitely wouldn't recommend it at all. Don't waste your time and money on this one. 25


The girl before4 star

Great book, but the ending would've been so much more thrilling if Jane was showing her house with Toby in tow ;) 45


Vulgar and unsettling1 star

I never write reviews and don't love the idea of bashing someone's hard work but this is the first book I have ever returned . It started so promising but unraveled into total needless filth that made me uncomfortable to read. 15


Intriguing!5 star

Double play on psychosis. Delaney can't hide identity behind absolute craftsmanship. Superb read. A total page turner. 55


Over 400 reviews 4+ stars but I can't read them??!1 star

Why is the link to read reviews disabled? 1 star for that. Weird. 15


Interesting story ruined by raunchy material4 star

I originally loved this book - at least until the author chose to put random sex stuff throughout the book just for shock value. Is this book really well written? No. Is is shocking and addicting? Maybe. I honestly feel the author should rely more on talent then this low ball crude material. Seriously, it felt so forced and odd. Not for kids for sure. 45

Courtney from Concord,NC

Different5 star

I found this novel GREAT. I tend to enjoy the typical thriller book, quick to read, and with a twist. This satisfied all my requirements! Had a nice twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. Plus, the setting for this was very unique and creative, in my opinion. 55

Zoe @ Blessed and Bewildered

fantastic psychological thriller BUT… bizarre sex3 star

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

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