The Girl Before by JP Delaney
A Novel

75%

13 Critic Reviews

The amazing automated house, almost as prominent as its inhabitants, does everything but speak. But while Fox and Williams are not called upon to give voice to the brick-and-mortar character, they are totally successful in capturing the atmosphere that the cold, indifferent, slightly terrifying building creates.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

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.

EMMA
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.

JANE
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.

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)
 

About JP Delaney

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THE GIRL BEFORE is the first psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written best-selling fiction under other names who is also a creative director at a major UK advertising agency. It is being published in North America in January 2017, with subsequent editions in over 30 countries. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.
Author Residence: Oxford, England
 
Published January 24, 2017 by Ballantine Books. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Feb 19 2017
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Critic reviews for The Girl Before
All: 13 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
on Jan 10 2017

With hopelessly fake characters and far too many red herrings and reversals, 1 Folgate St. is a house with no load-bearing walls, collapsing under the weight of its own materials.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 22 2017

The amazing automated house, almost as prominent as its inhabitants, does everything but speak. But while Fox and Williams are not called upon to give voice to the brick-and-mortar character, they are totally successful in capturing the atmosphere that the cold, indifferent, slightly terrifying building creates.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 15 2017

Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters’ secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Jan 26 2017

THE GIRL BEFORE is an electric thriller that will keep readers guessing right up to the finale. The house itself plays a pivotal role in the plot much in the same way as the high-tech hi-rise apartment building in Ira Levin's SLIVER. I enjoyed the dual narratives and never felt that the back-to-back chapter jumps were gimmicky or tiresome.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Jane Murphy on Nov 15 2016

The tables turn, and turn again, and the ending is guaranteed to both astonish and satisfy the reader. JP Delaney is the pseudonym of a best-selling fiction writer. The book is being published in 35 countries, and a film version is in the hands of Ron Howard. A must.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Sophie Diamond on Jan 01 2017

The Girl Before twists and turns throughout the plot, because in this amazing open plan house something dark can still be lurking behind you. This book is a master of its genre and it’s utterly devourable. I cannot wait for Delaney’s next book.

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Charles Finch on Jan 23 2017

...the mystery’s solution is an implausible mess. Yet for all that, the book has a great deal to recommend it. Delaney has created a genuinely eerie, fascinating setting...

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20Something Reads

Good
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Jan 16 2017

I enjoyed the dual narratives and never felt that the back-to-back chapter jumps were gimmicky or tiresome. When Emma's story ends, it becomes all about Jane, and you will be reading with trepidation as her story concludes in surprising fashion.

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The Coast

Above average
Reviewed by Stephanie Jones on Feb 03 2017

As a psychological thriller, The Girl Before pushes the boundaries of plausibility and proffers a villain of comic-book mask-peeling aha! preposterousness, but alongside the plot run well-handled themes.

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Good
Reviewed by Philip Gooden on Apr 13 2017

...The Girl Before is strong enough to stand on its own. I read it in 24 hours and happily suspended disbelief at the twists and contrivances.

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Lancashire Evening Post

Good
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Feb 27 2017

Clever, compelling and utterly addictive, this is a chiller-thriller that keeps its merciless claws in you right through to the stunning finale…

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Chicklit Club

Good
on Apr 13 2017

Dark, provocative and completely captivating, it is a story of obsession and power, but also of loss and love, one of those stories you are still thinking about long after you finished reading them.

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Good
Reviewed by Melissa Parcel on Apr 13 2017

The story unfolds at a deliberate pace, and there are many unexpected twists that will keep the reader guessing as to the identity of the villain, or if one even exists at all.

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