Sunday, February 5, 2017

Book Review: The Girl Before: A Novel by JP Delaney/Mystery-Thriller/Psychological Thriller /NETGALLEY READ

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of The Girl Before: A Novel by JP Delaney.

Title: The Girl Before: A Novel 
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Psychological Thriller
Author: JP Delaney
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 352 pages
Meet the Author: JP Delaney
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

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.

Advance praise for The Girl Before

“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 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

“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

“A masterfully crafted spellbinder . . . guaranteed to astonish.”—Booklist (starred review)

My Thoughts

As soon as I read the description of this book I knew I wanted to read it, I needed to read it. Lucky enough to have received an early copy thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley.

Oh God. What a book. I understand comparing it to other books such a Gone Girl helps to attract more readers, maybe?, but in this case no need of it because this book is unique on its own. 

Want to be in a place, in specific this house which has the most unimaginable "rules" for the people who want to live in and still wishing you can get it? That is the basic premise of this book. Told from two different points of view, Emma and Jane, The Girl Before is a suspense packed, magnificent psychological thriller. Going back and forth between characters, it manages to keep you interested and makes it pretty much difficult to easily figure out what the end will be. I loved the unexpected turns and the writing style. I am so looking forward to the Movie, which will be directed by Ron Howard, I cannot wait to see these characters come to life. The Girl Before is so unique and different from other books of this kind I have read before. Could not put it down and now I need more JD Delaney in my life.


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