Book Review: The Girl Before

Book Review: The Girl BeforeThe Girl Before
by J.P. Delaney
Pages: 320
Published by Ballantine Books
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller
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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.

EmmaReeling 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.

JaneAfter 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.

My Takeaway 

Imagine living in a house where you are only allowed to take a few personal items…The Girl Before is a clever psychological thriller filled with unique twists and an unexpected ending. For the most part, I found the novel attention-grabbing, but a little repetitive at times. The chapters alternate between the two protagonists (Then: Emma and Now: Jane), each telling the story about their lives and strange experiences while living in the same “perfect”, but extremely strange house. Emma and Jane fall in love with the house as well as its designer and owner. Delaney’s writing is immaculate, sharp and filled with remarkable details. I was able to picture the house, setting and characters vividly. I enjoyed the book because the story line was distinct and unlike anything I’ve ever read. A movie is in the works and being directed by Ron Howard see trailer below.

​I would like to thank NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC of the novel in exchange for my honest review.

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