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The Girl Before

by JP Delaney

The Girl Before by JP Delaney
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2017
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, 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.

EMMA
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.

JANE
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.

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"Starred Review. The tables turn, and turn again, and the ending is guaranteed to both astonish and satisfy the reader." - Booklist

"Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters' secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed." - Publishers Weekly "With hopelessly fake characters and far too many red herrings and reversals, 1 Folgate St. is a house with no load-bearing walls, collapsing under the weight of its own materials." - Kirkus

"Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning - a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense." - Lee Child

"Riveting! One of the most compelling page-turners I've read in years. Twisty, turny, and with an ending not to be missed!" - Lisa Gardner

"I was instantly gripped and held captivated by the pace and elegant writing. I devoured it." - Peter James

"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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Dorothy L. (Manalapan, NJ)

A Very Good Read
I was intrigued by this book from the opening page. I kept wanting to find out what was going to happen next. I think there were similarities with Fifty Shades of Grey with the controlling characters of Christian and Edward and their manipulation of women. But I think it was a better book in terms of writing and development. I think it is important to read it consistently and over a short period of time because if you don't, it is confusing when you resume reading after a gap. I liked the ending and I would definitely recommend this book.

Carole P. (Framingham, MA)

The Girl Before
The premise of this book is a bit creepy. Two woman, two different times. Connected by a mysterious building and their desires to create new lives for themselves. When applying for an unusual apartment they are asked to do one thing. " Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life." Because if you are the lucky applicant that is all you may bring with you. You have a list of many things you may not do. If you don't agree, you don't get the apartment.
This premise sounded unusual and a bit creepy. It is , but not in the way I imagined. The writing is good, the two women interesting. However, the real story was really not about the living space. It is about the women. It is a very unusual book and I do recommend it. Not so much a thriller or mystery, but very suspenseful.

Carol G. (Little Egg Harbor, NJ)

The Girl Before
Fast pace reading and very hard to put down. Love psychological thrillers and the end was not disappointing. Unexpected twists made the story even more compelling. One would be remiss not to read this book. Looking forward to more books by this author.

Mary S. (Bow, NH)

If you want a suspenseful, page-turner book, look no further.
Two women's lives share the same path without them knowing each other. Sounds tricky to write so the reader can follow, but the author makes it easy. Plus, along the way, the author throws in quirks and unexpected turns in the plot so you have to keep reading to find out what happens. Such a crazy premise: the house - whose design is so minimalist that it would seem uncomfortable to live in - is the glue that binds all together and somehow it works. If you like the suspense/mystery genre you should read this book.

Susan L. (Alexandria, VA)

The Girl Before Surprises
There is a reason this book went to auction and had its movie rights snapped up by Ron Howard. It is beautifully written, tautly paced and full of intrigue. It hooked me on page one and kept me guessing, incorrectly, until the end. Wonderful thriller with an architectural setting. I highly recommend it.

Candace F. (Lincoln, NE)

The Girl Before
This is one of the best books I've read in awhile. The story was very unique to anything I've ever read and it held my interest until the very end! I usually don't read psychological thrillers but it may be my new genre.The way the author went back and forth from Emma to Jane was a little bit confusing at first but I really liked the way the author went back and forth with short, very descriptive chapters and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The ending was a surprise I didn't see coming and although the author could have ended it many ways I loved the choice of ending. I will highly recommend this book to friends and my book club. It was well written and leaves you wanting more. I think this will be a great book for discussions!

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The Girl Before is the first psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written best-selling fiction under other names. It is being published in the US in January 2017, with subsequent editions in over 30 countries. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.

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