The Girl Before by J.P Delaney

The Girl Before

Author: J P Delaney

Publisher: Quercus Books

Published: 26th January 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Source: Netgalley and publisher

Date read: 12th January 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

Following in the footsteps of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, The Girl Before is being brought to the big screen. The film is set to be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.

My thoughts:

*I was provided a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

In January I had this desire to read mystery thrillers and when I saw this was pitched to be like Girl on the Train, I knew I had to read it. The Girl Before is an intense and creepy novel with twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat(or bed in my case)

The Girl Before is told from two alternating POV’s (point of view), Jane and Emma. Jane is looking for alternative accommodation after quitting her job. Every where that she has looked has been above her budget and has exhausted all options until she gets told about One Folgate street. One Folgate street is a one bedroom house that was built be a world-renowned architect and is very minimalist with up to date technology. This house is every tech geeks wet dream, I mean the door doesn’t even use a key and the shower only turns on by recognition etc etc. Falling in love with the house and cheap tenancy is great but there is a catch, she has to adhere to the Architects crazy rules and she must fill out forms before she is even considered to be a tenant. Once moved in to the house she discovers that a previous tenant Emma was found mysteriously at the bottom of the stairs dead. During her lease she starts to uncover information about Emma, the architect and others. Jane starts to piece this jigsaw puzzle together and questioning whether she will meet the same fate?

Even though this book is 448 pages it was really quick to read as said previously you have alternating POV’s from Jane (present) and Emma(past) and they were short chapters so it made it much quicker to read. This book is definitely creepy, the architect in this book is cringe and stalker like, the fact that there are possible cameras hidden in the house and he always turns up at the right moment gets you wondering.

This book entwined the characters to deliver our mystery about the death of Emma and whodunnit. It’s very intriguing when Jane starts to realise that there are similarities between herself and the deceased, such as similar looks and events.

The characters in this book were really strong, complex and three-dimensional but also flawed. You had great detail into their backgrounds and nothing was left out so I wasn’t left feeling confused or questioning anything at the end.

The twists to the plot had me off guard and I didn’t see them coming, the actions of some of the characters just left me shocked.

There were a couple of things that I didn’t particularly like about the book and that was the sexual scenes, they were just cringe! Some of the dialogue in these scenes had me literally screwing my face up in disgust. The other is that rape (trigger warning!) was used as plot device and wasn’t very sensitive.

I enjoyed this book and would definitely read other novels by J P Delaney

I rated this 3.5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for reading




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