The Girl Before: A Novel by Jp DelaneyThe Girl Before: A Novel by Jp Delaney

The Girl Before: A Novel

byJp Delaney

Paperback | January 24, 2017

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This instant New York Times bestseller, in the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife and Gone Girl, is 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.
The Girl Before is the first psychological thriller from JP DELANEY, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. It is being published in thirty-five countries. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.
Title:The Girl Before: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.2 × 6.3 × 0.91 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385686919

ISBN - 13:9780385686914


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed the format of the storyline Short paragraphs, alternating between "then" and "now"/"Emma" and "Jane." It was a clever way to keep the reader focused. I thought the plot was very creative and, of course, the ending was a total surprise. Yes, the story is something between the Gone Girl and Fifty Shades of Grey, but still a very good book.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WHOA. THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST INSANE BOOKS I'VE EVER READ. I-N-S-A-N-E. By insane, I mean mind-warping and messed-up and super-cool. It was interesting and had the coolest concept I have ever read about. And you can tell that it's a popular one due to the fact that it is actually becoming a movie (thanks to Universal)! I would have given this a pure five-star rating if the ending was more clear. This book left me guessing, aching for more, and aching for my questions to be answered. It seemed rushed and it just did not provide me with fulfillment, you know? Most of the time, I feel like the purpose of books and the reasons for books existing is to entertain audiences and, by the end, provide some sort of closure. This, sadly, did not, which is why I had to deduct a star from the rating. HOWEVER: this was still a great, pretty awesome read I totally recommend to everyone. What J.P. Delaney basically writes about, in a nutshell, is about the house on One Folgate Street. It's a psycho house, in case you were wondering. And how do we know this? Because of the rules. Yeah; there are like 200 CRAZY rules that come with living in the house. And they're not your typical "NO PARTIES" kinds of rules: THESE ARE MESSED UP, control-freak kinds of rules. Two protagonists, which J.P. Delaney switches between (Emma and Jane), both experience the horrors of the home and deal with the owner, who is creepy too. Let's just say that this entire novel has some creepy vibes. The romance (if that's what you can call it0 was weird though intriguing and I am just really interested in seeing more literature by the author. IT'S GOING TO BE SO GOOD. I CAN'T WAIT. The Girl Before really made me question everyone I know, to be quite honest. XD It's just a book that shows how we really do not know the people we interact with. There's mystery to everything and the situations we put ourselves in may have consequences. *A review copy was provided by the publisher via BookExpo America in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This was a very suspenseful read with a unique plot. I will be sure to pick up the next book by J.P. Delaney!
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I found this book to be pretty screwed up, in a good way. I got hooked right away and I just kept going because I needed to know how it ended. This was quite different from some other books I recently read and I loved it just for that alone.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Predictable Not worth the read, amusing at parts with some good writing but it feels like someone mixed a bunch of bad ideas together (50 shades meets girl on the train)
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting in parts I liked the concept and the applicant questions sprinkled through the book were interesting to think about. At times I felt like the book was moving slowly or the characters didn't particularly interest me. It's a decent quick read but not the most memorable.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's only okay I wish I enjoyed this more. It began very promising, but by the end I was more bored and let down than entertained. Sadly, I believe this will be one of the instances when I like the movie better than the book, as the idea and setting are great. I found that the characters in this were quite 2-dimensional - not only because they have to be in order to keep the suspense going and because psychological thrillers with ‘Girl’ in the title require unreliable narrators and insane character revelations, but also because they just weren’t fleshed out. I think that if this novel spent just a bit more time going beyond the superficial with these characters, it would have been immensely better. It has an extremely intriguing plot going for it, and the descriptions of the house are pretty interesting as well. However, I didn’t enjoy the way it wrapped up, and while there were maybe one or two moments where a twist was dropped that I genuinely didn’t expect, this book didn’t hold me captive otherwise. I appreciated the excerpts of the application survey questions that often divided the chapters and I enjoyed seeing the symmetry and differences between the alternating perspectives. The first half is good, and the second half isn’t but it also wasn’t a chore to read. I sped through it fairly quickly to see what the author would through at us next, but ultimately I just wish this book had a greater impact.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting read The writing style peaked my interest for this novel, and I am so glad that I purchased it for my kobo. It is surprisingly easy to follow and suspenseful enough to keep you reading and not wanting yo put it down. It is a nice length and keeps you on your toes the whole way
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh This was a fast paced book but I didn't enjoy it at all, I felt a lot of the writing was done for shock value.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. Storyline was awesome. Once I picked it up .. could not put it down till i was done.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great storyline Loved the storyline.. it kept me wanting to read more. Only gave it a 4 star as i found it a little predictable. I enjoyed how the stories of the two girls were bounced back and forth and each time you switch a character you found out more!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was OK, but kinda dark for my taste. General story was exciting enough. If you're looking for a quick easy read but nothing spell-binding then this is for you.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fast mystery I'm a big fan of the fast mysterty type book, and this was pretty much the same kind of book I read over and over. The ending as pretty predictable, but I don't regret sticking around for it.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful This book was recommended to me, and I would definitely recommend it again. Great plot and relatable characters. I was hooked!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful This book was recommended to me, and I would definitely recommend it again. Great plot and relatable characters. I was hooked!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth it took a while to get through the start. but I'm glad I stuck with it
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome setting <b>The Girl Before</b> alternates between the perspective of two women: Emma and Jane. The girl before, and the girl now. It took me a bit to get into the format of this book, and to keep both storylines/ladies straight. But once I did, I got into this creepy story in a big way. The house at One Folgate Street is available for rent for a great price, but it does not appeal to every prospective renter. There is a strict contract, an abundance of rules and an extremely sterile environment. It does appeal to Emma, then and Jane, now for different reasons. Each woman ends up a tenant of the house, and as such each also becomes involved in various ways with the owner - Edward Monkford. It is revealed quite early on that Emma dies and Jane becomes determined to find out just what happened to her. The plot kept me guessing until the end. I really liked the setting of One Folgate Street; it is an eerie place which almost becomes another character in the story.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read A bizarre plot, but I couldn't put it down! Loved the chapter format and the way it made you think.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Addicting I couldn't stop reading this book - it was done in less than two days. You're hooked early on and the chapter format keeps you tearing through the pages.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW This book grabbed my attention right from the beginning; however, there is a pretty dark story at the beginning, but the storyline was very captivating. I loved how the author switched back and forth between the two girls. It was definitely a page turner and I just wanted to know how it was going to turn out!! If you are into suspense, thriller, mystery and a little dark... this is the book for you!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read this book was a good read. It was fasted pace but it always kept you on your toes wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hooked From Page One This book surprised me. It did get a little weird in some parts, and a lot of it was a bit far fetched, but I really enjoyed it. I read it in a day as I could not bring myself to put it down. The house really held my attention as many thrillers don't include something that bizarre. I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting A good read for the weekend.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bizarre It started off really interesting but then took a strange turn. Not the story line I was expecting. A quick read though, but left me a bit disappointed.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining This book kept me entertained, but wasn't as great as I was hoping it would be. I preferred many of the other books it was compared to. Still worth a read, I just think it was too hyped up.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Not bad, but it seemed to be a cheap imitation of Gone Girl. At the end, I just felt like I wasted my time.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent An intriguing storyline and definitely keeps you engaged; however, I found some parts seemed "odd". I was still left wondering a lot about Edward...
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Liked It I couldn't put this one down. Sometimes it was hard to keep track of what happened to which girl because the story flips back and forth between the two but it was still a good read.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Girl Before I understand why so many people enjoyed this novel. It can be gripping in places, you'll probably find yourself sufficiently hating or loving certain characters, and the ending isn't a disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed the read while it was happening, but I can't say I'll keep this book around forever. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read It was a great read, kept me interested and guessing until the end.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was hoping for something along the lines of Gone Girl or The Girl On the Train, but instead found this to be not nearly as well written. It was suspenseful at times - but the depiction of the two female characters was shallow and disappointing in the end.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diabolical One of the best books that I have recently read. A true diabolical thriller!!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I borrowed this book from a friend, but I have get my own copy so I can read it as often as I like. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent#plumreview I read this book in one day because I just couldn't put it down. Unique story and ending.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! I loved this book! I haven't been able to put one down like this since Gone Girl! It a different twist which was unpredicted and welcomed!!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Messed up but good This book was messed up but addicting to read. Didn't want to put down this book because I wanted to know what would happen next.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not really a thriller fan I have to say that this book kept me reading even though I'm not really a thriller fan. You can spot the ending of most of them a mile away. However, this one was better than I expected and the plot twist was totally unexpected.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. It's a shame so many people seem to focus on a small section of the book (the sex, in which the scenes are few and far between and are used to show, and not tell you, about the personality of the characters involved) and blow it way out of proportion for what it offers. The characters are very solid, the plot is intriguing, and it does what it sets out to do. I love how intense the red herring is. It's almost too obvious to not be true, though I wish one of the mysteries wasn't "yeah turns out he was telling the truth". That being said, the story is really well told and everything falls into place well (though one of the characters seems to turn really suddenly in personality as the hints to it were minor up until then). In regards to the sex, don't compare the book to Fifty Shades of Gray just because you find the sex similar and don't agree with it - like I said, there are just a few of those scenes and most of them are vague mentions of it. The women in question take part in questionable actions to show not only the personality of their partner and themselves (yes, it is creepy that one of them calls him "daddy" but keep in mind that there are people like that in real life and you not liking it doesn't make it inaccurate - it is a good representation of real life no matter how delusional all parties are or how much you hate it). I'd really recommend reading this if you want to see how well the pieces fall in to place throughout the novel to tell you the compelling story of two women and the house that changed them. I certainly never had problems turning the pages even though the foolish women were quite similar narrative wise (until the end of their story lines), so you can definitely expect to be interested for most of your read. I could have done without the vague ending, but I'd prefer to focus on what the story accomplished with what we were given instead.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This was such a unique and interesting read, I could not put it down. For a lot of it I had no idea where the next turn was going to be, and the story kept getting deeper and darker. Great read for anyone who loves a good mystery/thriller
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Could not put this down. The tenses in which it was written just pulls you deeper in. Loved it !!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Kind of Read! No one can say this book is like another you have read. Completely unique in it's story and plot, this book really surprised me and pulled me in right from the start. I would definitely recommend to all Girl on the Train and Gone-Girl fans. You don't want to miss this one!
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had me reading late into the night! AMAZING. It's been a long time since I've stayed up late to finish a book... and this is exactly what's happened here! First, I'll comment about the believability of the story. It's fiction. Suspend your disbelief, and you'll love this novel. If you can't just go along with it.... maybe this book isn't for you. I agree, who would actually agree to something like this.... but you never know. So just go with it. There are so many twists and turns, I kept flipping pages, ignoring daily life... you get the idea. You find out bit by bit about the various characters. Everything is weaved together so wonderfully. A few subtle writing techniques I found interesting too. The chapters alternate between 'then' and 'now'; all the 'now' chapters have quotations around the speech like we're used to, but the 'then' chapters don't. It took a couple chapters for me to even realize this, that's how engrossed in the story I was. I read on the jacket that this is being made into a movie... I must say, that has me pretty excited!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great story that keeps you guessing I loved the style of this novel. Delaney carefully crafted a story had many overlaps between the two "girls," but it never got repetitive. Well done.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring I was so excited to read this book, I thought the book was going to be very compelling and keep me guessing but I found myself bored and just trying to get through the last few pages. The double narrative was done poorly and I found myself having to take a minute to remember which girl I was reading about because of the repetitiveness and overlap of their stories.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Borrowed this book from my friend and planning to buy my own copy, so I can reread it again. Super thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable but forgettable I did enjoy reading from each womans perspective however I knew halfway through ho Emma dies nad by who.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepily entertaining In the currently overheated housing market, buyers are paying crazy sums of money over the asking price for listed houses. They seem willing to pay almost any price for what they deem their perfect house. Author J.P. Delaney, aka Tony Strong, takes this concept a step further in The Girl Before. Jane thought she had found the perfect house even though she had to go through an elaborate interview process and follow a rigid set of house rules. As she found herself loving living there, she started to learn about Emma, the previous tenant. The little clues were starting to build up indicating that living in this house was not all it had promised to be. I enjoyed the way this story if told in alternating chapters between the present with Jane and the past with Emma. Several times I got mixed up with whose time I was in and that served to make the book even more creepy than it already was. I don't think I could ever comply with the owner's minimalist lifestyle rules, though I did appreciate the thought processes by which the two women came to accept and then thrive within them. Once they stripped away the surplus belongings, they both learned a lot about themselves. It certainly did make for an interesting thought experiment as I considered what I couldn't live with out and what I could easily part with. I enjoyed following along with Jane as she tried to understand her landlord. Each time I felt I had a handle on him, there were new revelations that set me back. This book kept me guessing at the truths up till the end. It was creepy and had me looking over my shoulder at bumps in the night, but it was also reassuring with the new strengths that Jane found within herself. A very good read, #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay, not great. It is not the best book I have read, but not the worst either.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very promising but ultimately a bore This book had a great premise & was very interesting for the first few chapters but then it started to fall flat. It felt like reading the same story twice, the two characters are hard to tell apart because they sound the same and to be honest they are difficult to like or sympathize with. The ending was very predictable. Overall not a very enjoyable read. Wish I hadn't wasted the time.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Good reading.. Thrilling .. Ending was unexpected
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little repetitive Overall the story line was very interesting. Spoken in two different perspectives, but sometimes it was like reading the same chapter twice. The ending was very thrilling and unexpected until the end.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad this was not my favorite but it was a decent read.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did Not Enjoy This book was awful. I appreciated the different POVs, however the story was lazy and I saw the twist coming. You could tell this book was written by a man in the way he wrote the two main characters, who are women. He used rape as a plot device in a terrible way and also incorporated an odd story for Jane. Jane, who is so plain, was so uninteresting to read about. All around, this book was a chore to get through and I think the movie will be the same.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. Very easy read. The storyline goes back and forth between two women, one the previous resident of One Folgate Place, the other the current resident. Their lives so similar, yet so different at times. Love, hate, deception, and mind games abound in this novel. The author keeps you guessing until the very end of the book. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it!!!! so good, the story is catchy so you can't put it down!!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from See for yourself! From the moment we learn of the house I was intrigued! Not what I expected for an ending but I hope there is more books like this one.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed... I was super excited when I bought this book, and it was great until the last couple of pages. I was very disappointed with the ending, I was actually hoping for more of a twist. It's a fairly easy read because the chapters arent too long, but I found that because it jumped from one girl to another so quick sometimes it was hard to follow who was the "then" and who was the "now"; especally when the stories were at a similiar point in time. Overall, good storyline, but I guess I was just expecting a bit more. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Really loved this book! The characters, the plotline, the dialogue. The writing was amazing and intriguing and complex. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl Before It was really good and very addictive. I had a hard time putting it down. The only downside to this book was the last couple of chapters. I felt that it wasn't the best way to end the book and the author could have done a lot better. It was still a really good read.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent book This was a great book. Kept you in suspense right until the last few pages.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this book
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Thrill ride! Highly recommend for those that enjoy books that keep you on your toes
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from twisted Don't know how to write a review about it. "One Folgate Street. You can make your surroundings as polished and empty as you like. But it doesn't really matter if you're still messed up inside. And that's all anyone's looking for really, isn't it? Someone to take care of the mess inside our heads?" To sum it up, I finished the book within two days. I couldn't put it down the moment I started reading. There are mainly two characters, two protagonists in this story: Emma and Jane. But the main character (without any narrator) is One Folgate Street -- yes, the house in which both the women lived at different times. I'd say, its a great psychological thriller, its twisted, its insane and its more pathetic of the characters living in One Folgate Street. You're not normal if you decide to live in such a perfect house. No one is perfect in this world and when a house demands you to be perfect in every way, twists your mind to meet its're insane also. In the entire story, I kept accusing one character to be the villain but to my surprise, the story twisted so much in the end, it left me breathless. At times I felt like being locked up in One Folgate Street, where everything is made of stone, each nook is pristine, me sitting inside a giant, secured fortress, a finest piece of architecture, but still feeling scared. It's hard to review this book. There will be readers who would dislike a few things. I also did. But then I believe if a book keeps you up all night, makes you flip pages after pages, until you finish it -- it deserves five stars.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Only OK! An easy read. The story is good but a little weird. The ending was terrible...
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great a fun book with a nice story
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from page turner finished this in two nights and i am a slow reader
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good beach read - quite addictive a solid 3.5 star read. This book reminded me of Fifty Shades of Grey - although better written (a lot less sex, and certainly less explicit sex), with a more interesting plot, and better developed characters: but the same sense of control between man and woman, the same isolation, the same coldness between Edward and both Emma and Jane is comparable. Emma and Jane both live in the same house, 3 years apart - and this book very quickly draws a parallel between both women. It's fast paced, with untrustworthy narrators - and the final twist actually took me by surprise. Usually when I read a book told by multiple narrators, I always want another opinion thrown in - in this case I really felt that Emma and Jane were able to bring the story together so completely that I didn't need a chapter told through Edward's voice, or one of the other characters. Recommended as a beach or light read. Nothing out of this world, but enjoyable with a surprise ending.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for the beach! This book has had a lot of reviews. Both high and low. I loved it. It had everything I needed and wanted in a book. It was a suspenseful page-turner. I couldn't put it down right until the last page. And after I finished it I felt satisfied. The plot was a rapid build and the climax didn't let me down. One of my favourite things about the book is how quick each chapter was. Two or three pages at most. And so I could easily say 'after this chapter' if I needed to put it down. It would be the perfect book to bring on a vacation (it's currently packed in my sister's bag on it's way to Cuba).
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected This book was awful. I appreciated the different POVs, however the story was lazy and I saw the twist coming. You could tell this book was written by a man in the way he wrote the two main characters, who are women. He used rape as a plot device in a terrible way and also incorporated an odd story for Jane. Jane, who is so plain, was so uninteresting to read about. All around, this book was a chore to get through and I think the movie will be the same.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall a good read Story was pretty good, although I had a hard time connecting with one of the main characters. The ending was very good and all in all an enjoyable quick read.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scary scenarios . . . J. P. Delaney's "The Girl Before" is a suspenseful novel from beginning to end. Told in alternate chapters by Emma and Jane, two women who have resided in the same home, albeit at different times, the reader is captivated by the stories of each character. I began reading it one evening and finished it the next, finding it very difficult to put down. If you enjoy books of this genre, you will enjoy "The Girl Before".
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!!! I was hooked right from the first page to the very end. I couldn't book the book down. This is truly a psychological thriller that left me thinking even when I had finished the book. I mean the end...! It's so a must-read. I can't say anything more than that, because I don't want to spoil anything. I just know I didn't want it to end. I was on the edge of my seat reading this phenomenal read.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I couldn't put the book down. Great ending.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I read this book in a day! I couldn't put it down. It's well-written. It's a psychological thriller at its finest.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected More This book is a page turner but it did end up reaching a bit with the story and I didn't love the ending. An easy quick read though.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ending Keeps you wondering all the while.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps you on your toes Couldn't put the book down! Never saw the ending coming
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A page turner Oh, there was lots of buzz around J.P. Delaney's new release The Girl Before. Did it live up to the hype? Yes it did - I raced through it in two days. One Folgate Street in London, England, is a architectural wonder. It is minimalism to the extreme. Stone, glass, white on white, no doors. And much is controlled by the Housekeeper - a computer program that takes its cues from the bracelet that the inhabitants wear. And who lives there? Only those chosen by the architect - after undergoing a rigorous application. And acceptance of the many rules of the house - no mess everything must be out of sight, no photos, no colour and much more. "Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life." After a break-in, Emma see living in the house as safe, a sanctuary against danger. After her divorce, Jane sees the house as a clean slate, a new start. Emma lived at Folgate before Jane. The Girl Before is told in alternating chapters from Jane and Emma - now and then. When Jane learns of the previous tenant's death, she becomes consumed with finding out more - even though she is discouraged by the enigmatic Edward, the architect/owner. The reader is privy to the events during Emma's time in the house. And knowing what we know, the tension ratchets up as Jane seems to be following in her footsteps - and into danger...... I felt like I should be on Emma and Jane's 'side', if you will. But as the book progressed and more of their personalities and their (questionable) choices are revealed, I found I didn't overly like either of them. But I still desperately wanted to know what next. Edward - well, he's in his own category. And I'm not too sure why either of them find him so appealing, but hey, this book wouldn't be the same without him being this way. Control, it's all about control with this guy. In his life and in his house. Super creepy. Gentle readers be warned - there are a few somewhat graphic sex scenes. Just get yourself past accepting that anyone would actually move into a house such as this with crazy rules and you are in for a deliriously addictive, psychologically twisty turny read with a nice little gotcha in the end.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Delicious! Wow this was unexpected find! Soon to be a major Motion Picture (Ron Howard). A must read!
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unpredictable! Twisted and suspenseful! I did not expect the ending!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't Blow Me Away (3.5 star rating) I liked this book, but I can't say that I loved it. After reading so many great thrillers, I had high hopes for this one, but I was just a little disappointed with it. This was a very quick and easy read because the chapters are so short, but if you want to read a truly gripping thriller, there are so many better options (Claire Mackintosh and Paula Hawkins, for example). #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating I enjoyed reading this novel as it was interesting and out of the usual books I have read in the past.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Riveting it is not I bought this book, because of the reviews on the back of the book. Dazzling, startling, riveting, really, riveting. Did you read this book?. Sure, it got my attention, the first 50 pages but it seems to slow down after that and become boring, it tries hard but just lacks the lustre.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I couldn't put this book down. I really liked the whole book, it's unique in its own way, I haven't read a plot like this one before. I didn't see the ending coming and I also found that the second reference to the title was really interesting. At First you think you understand the character Emma, but then you realize she's nothing like what you first thought. It was a really good read.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent amazing read , suspenseful!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Addicting but expected a little more When I read "psychological thriller", I guess I expected a little more 'crazy' and a deep character development. This book tries to give that but I still think it lacks a little bit of depth - it tries hard, but doesn't really get there. It's almost like "Girl on the Train" meets "Fifty Shades of Grey". That being said... it's a simple read and the general plot is interesting.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I bought this book about 3 weeks ago and I couldn't put it down. It intrigued me from beginning to end. If you love psychological thrillers - this is the book for you!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it What a great read - definitely couldn't put it down! Classic thriller that will have you want to yell and shake the characters!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting thriller Such a good read, the plot was very well written
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Great read - love the intricacies of the story
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a thriller an exciting and thrilling read
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SO GOOD I loved this book - especially because it's an excellent thriller and i loved gone girl so this isn't a surprise. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Addicting Read, Bizarre Plot I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t love this book. It is very fast paced and kept me flipping the pages, but there was too much crazy for this to work for me. Jane, mourning the stillbirth of her daughter, is looking for a fresh start and a new place to live. She steps into the house at One Folgate Street and is immediately taken back by its minimalist beauty. This house is truly special, and the rent fits her tight budget. The house, however, comes with stipulations. The architect, Edward, has compiled a lengthy list of rules you must comply with to live there – everything from no flat pack furniture to no books (?!?!). After the interview process, Jane learns that her application has been accepted and she can move into the house immediately. Before long, Jane starts to have questions about Emma and Simon, the previous tenants. It’s no surprise that both Jane and Emma have relationships with Edward, and this is where my struggle begins – the women behave recklessly and allow themselves to be vulnerable, all the while ignoring blazing red flags. Additionally, the big twist wasn’t really a big twist at all. Multiple reviewers have described this book as 50 Shades of Grey mixed with Gone Girl, and I have to agree – there’s plenty of sexual domination and mind games in this one. This is a fast paced thrilled, and I’ll admit that I couldn’t put it down. If you’re looking for a quick and fun read and can put aside reality to immerse yourself in this world, then go for it! If you prefer a more complex thriller, give this a pass.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing thriller! Loved this book, couldn't put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent This is a classic thriller. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING Amazing read, finished in a couple days. Could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good awesome release hard to put down good read
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read read this in one night... i stayed up until 5 am!!!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting After my read, I have some seriously mixed feelings about this book. I found myself feeling equal parts mesmerized and strange while I was reading. I liked the narration. Te novel is narrated with alternating viewpoints from tenants at One Folgate Street: Jane, the present tenant and from Emma, the woman who lived there previously. This technique kept me glued to this book. The segmented chapters are short and sweet and use the right amount of hook to carry the story along. As the women’s experiences begin to mirror each other, things become creepy really quickly. I also liked the throwback to gothic literature; I have always been a fan of classic gothic fiction and this novel certainly resonates with this genre. From the massive, sterile house to our female protagonists threatened by a powerful, tyrannical male, this one had moments where it read like Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho. I really liked how this one gave a modern twist on the gothic novel and combined it with the domestic thriller genre that has swept 2016 by storm. However, I didn't like that this one gave me a Fifty Shades of Grey vibe. Edward Monkford was Christian Grey to me. The novel had moments where sexual domination took the lead and the actual story took the backburner. I have a very hard time taking a book seriously when the character, which is supposed to be the antagonist, is consistently referred to as “Daddy”. I feel like I would have enjoyed the book much more if this part of the book had taken on a smaller role. Regardless of my feelings about that portion of the book, I cannot deny that this one kept me up, late into the night, to finish. I was consumed by the plot and need to find out what happened. It already has the movie rights sold, so I will be intrigued to see how this will play out on screen.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent thriller and drama amazing read all wrapped up in one
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! After a violent break in, Emma desperately hunts for a new place to live. A place that makes her feel safe and secure. Not one of the places she views meet those criteria until she sets her eyes on One Folgate Street. The house is beautiful, sleek, minimalistic and above all else, secure. The only stipulation is the numerous rules that the architect/owner enforces all tenants to comply to, maintaining all control of the house. It was designed to alter the occupant, and it does. After suffering a personal tragedy, Jane is in need of a fresh start and she finds it with One Folgate Street. She is instantly captivated by the house and it's reserved owner Edward Monkton. Upon moving in, Jane discovers the untimely death of its previous tenant. As she tries to unravel the truth behind the mysteries of the past, she unknowingly follows the same patterns, choices and terror of the girl before. The Girl Before promises to be an enthralling psychological thriller that had me thinking it was yet another "Girl" book comparable to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Where I enjoyed Girl on the Train, Gone Girl on the other hand, was an infuriating predictable mess of crazy gone wild, so it could swing either way. All I have to say is wow! This story captivated me from page 1 and didn't let go. I simply couldn't. Put. It. Down. It's a whirlwind ride that keeps us guessing. Just when you think you have a grasp of the story and figured things out, the author throws another wrench into the plot and it's a complete game changer. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-05

Read from the Book

I. Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life. THEN: EMMAIt’s a lovely little flat, the agent says with what could almost pass for genuine enthusiasm. Close to the amenities. And there’s that private bit of roof. That could become a sun terrace, subject of course to the landlord’s consent.Nice, Simon agrees, trying not to catch my eye. I’d known the flat was no good as soon as I walked in and saw that six-foot stretch of roof below one of the windows. Si knows it too but he doesn’t want to tell the agent, or at least not so soon it’ll seem rude. He might even hope that if I listen to the man’s stupid patter long enough I’ll waver. The agent’s Simon’s kind of guy: sharp, brash, eager. He probably reads the magazine Simon works for. They were exchanging sports chat before we even got up the stairs.And here you have a decent-sized bedroom, the agent’s saying. With ample—It’s no good, I interrupt, cutting short the charade. It’s not right for us.The agent raises his eyebrows. You can’t be too choosy in this market, he says. This’ll be gone by tonight. Five viewings today, and it’s not even on our website yet.It’s not secure enough, I say flatly. Shall we go?There are locks on all the windows, he points out, plus a Chubb on the door. Of course, you could install a burglar alarm, if security’s a particular concern. I don’t think the landlord would have any objection.He’s talking across me now, to Simon. Particular concern. He might as well have said, Oh, is the girlfriend a bit of a drama queen? I’ll wait outside, I say, turning to leave.Realizing he’s blundered, the agent adds, If it’s the area that’s the problem, perhaps you should have a look farther west.We already have, Simon says. It’s all out of our budget. Apart from the ones the size of a tea bag. He’s trying to keep the frustration out of his voice, but the fact that he needs to riles me even more.There’s a one-bedroom in Queen’s Park, the agent says. A bit grotty, but . . .We looked at it, Simon says. In the end we felt it was just a bit too close to that estate. His tone makes it clear that we means “she.”Or there’s a third-floor just come on in Kilburn—That too. There was a drainpipe next to one of the windows.The agent looks puzzled.Someone could have climbed it, Simon explains.Right. Well, the rental season’s only just started. Perhaps if you wait a bit.The agent has clearly decided we’re time-wasters: He too is sidling toward the door. I go and stand outside, on the landing, so he won’t come near me.We’ve already given notice on our old place, I hear Simon say. We’re running out of options. He lowers his voice. Look, mate, we were burgled. Five weeks ago. Two men broke in and threatened Emma with a knife. You can see why she’d be a bit jumpy.Oh, the agent says. Shit. If someone did that to my girlfriend I don’t know what I’d do. Look, this might be a long shot, but . . . His voice trails off.Yes? Simon says.Has anyone at the office mentioned One Folgate Street to you?I don’t think so. Has it just come on?Not exactly, no.The agent seems unsure whether to pursue this or not.But it’s available? Simon persists.Technically, yes, the agent says. And it’s a fantastic property. Absolutely fantastic. In a different league from this. But the landlord’s . . .to say he’s particular would be putting it mildly.What area? Simon asks.Hampstead, the agent says. Well, more like Hendon. But it’s really quiet.Em? Simon calls.I go back inside. We might as well take a look, I say. We’re halfway there now.The agent nods. I’ll stop by the office, he says, see if I can locate the details. It’s been a while since I showed anyone around, actually. It’s not a place that would suit just anyone. But I think it might be right up your street. Sorry, no pun intended. NOW: JANE “That’s the last one.” The agent, whose name is Camilla, drums her fingers on the steering wheel of her Smart car. “So really, it’s time to make up our minds.”I sigh. The flat we’ve just viewed, in a run-down mansion block off West End Lane, is the only one in my price range. And I’d just about persuaded myself it was all right—ignoring the peeling wallpaper, the faint smell of someone else’s cooking seeping up from the flat below, the poky bedroom and the mold spattered across the unventilated bathroom—until I’d heard a bell being rung nearby, an old-fashioned hand bell, and the place was suddenly filled with the noise of children. Going to the window, I found myself looking down at a school. I could see into a room being used by a toddler group, the windows hung with cutouts of paper bunnies and geese. Pain tugged at my insides.“I think I’ll pass on this one,” I managed to say.“Really?” Camilla seemed surprised. “Is it the school? The previous tenants said they rather liked the sound of children playing.”“Though not so much they decided to stay.” I turned away. “Shall we go?”Now Camilla leaves a long, tactical silence as she drives us back to her office. Eventually she says, “If nothing we saw today took your fancy, we might have to think about upping your budget.”“Unfortunately, my budget can’t budge,” I say drily, looking out the window.“Then you might have to be a bit less picky,” she says tartly.“About that last one. There are . . . personal reasons why I can’t live next to a school. Not right now.”I see her eyes going to my stomach, still a little flabby from my pregnancy, and her eyes widen as she makes the connection. “Oh,” she says. Camilla isn’t quite as dim as she looks, for which I’m grateful. She doesn’t need me to spell it out.Instead, she seems to come to a decision.“Look, there is one other place. We’re not really meant to show it without the owner’s express permission, but occasionally we do anyway. It freaks some people out, but personally I think it’s amazing.”“An amazing property on my budget? We’re not talking about a houseboat, are we?”“God, no. Almost the opposite. A modern building in Hendon. A whole house—only one bedroom, but loads of space. The owner is the architect. He’s actually really famous. Do you ever buy clothes at Wanderer?”“Wanderer . . .” In my previous life, when I had money and a proper, well-paid job, I did sometimes go into the Wanderer shop on Bond Street, a terrifyingly minimalist space where a handful of eye-wateringly expensive dresses were laid out on thick stone slabs like sacrificial virgins, and the sales assistants all dressed in black kimonos.“Occasionally. Why?”“The Monkford Partnership designs all their stores. He’s what they call a techno-minimalist or something. Lots of hidden gadgetry, but otherwise everything’s completely bare.” She shoots me a look. “I should warn you, some people find his style a bit . . . austere.”“I can cope with that.”“And . . .”“Yes?” I prompt, when she doesn’t go on.“It’s not a straightforward landlord–tenant agreement,” she says hesitantly.“Meaning?”“I think,” she says, flicking down her indicator and moving into the left-hand lane, “we should take a look at the property first, see if you fall in love with it. Then I’ll explain the drawbacks.”

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerA New York Times BestsellerInternational Bestseller"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"The Girl Before is deservedly the anointed 'top girl' of this season's suspense novels." —The Washington Post"A gripping one-sitting read." —Elle"There's a distinct creepiness to this claustrophobic story." —The New York Times"Delaney has created a genuinely eerie, fascinating setting." —USA Today"A deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successes." —Daily Express (UK)"The tension is built up subtly, leading to a devastating climax. A really clever thriller." —Daily Mail (UK)"Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters' secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed." —Publishers Weekly"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  "A spectacularly clever thriller about three women on a dangerous collision course. With the skill of a master craftsman, JP Delaney draws the reader deeper and deeper into a maze of twists and perils that asks: what if the greatest risk we face isn't outside ourselves, but within our own dark souls?" —Carla Buckley  "A powerfully told thriller that uses time and perspective to ratchet up the tension in every fast-paced chapter, while posing challenging moral questions for the novel's characters as well as its readers. It's hard to put this one down and it keeps you thinking long after you've turned the last page." —Nina Sadowsky"I was instantly gripped and held captivated by the pace and elegant writing. I devoured it in two straight sittings." —Peter James"A masterfully crafted spellbinder. . . . Guaranteed to astonish." —Booklist, starred review"Riveting. . . . Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters' secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed." —Publishers Weekly"Superior psychological suspense. . . . A cleverly constructed thriller." —The Bookseller"Constantly cranking up the suspense. . . . A thoroughly satisfying read." —Reader's Digest"Slick, sexy, suspenseful and smart" —Mail on Sunday (UK)