Title: The Girl Before
Author: JP Delaney
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary Adult Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies
Where to buy: Amazon
Synopsis: 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.
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.
About the Author: J. P. Delaney is the pseudonym of an an acclaimed crime writer who is also a creative director for the largest advertising agency in the U.K.
Review: Normally, I'm skeptical of a book that switches narrators when chapters switch. It's risky, and often nothing other than chapter titles delineate the difference in narrators. Delaney absolutely blows me away using this technique. Slowly, as the story progresses, the full story comes to light as the two narrators, each with their own distinctive voices, waltz the reader through many twists and turns. An unusual mystery, Delaney manages to drop enough hints to keep the reader guessing right up to the big reveal. A story rife with technicolor characters, 'The Girl Before' is a must read for mystery and thriller lovers.
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