The Girl Before
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The Girl Before


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.

Title:The Girl Before
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

    The Girl Before Reviews

  • Melissa
    Dec 30, 2016

    I’m tossing this one on the heaping pile of books that led me to believe they were worthy of comparisons to Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, but left me disappointed instead. Is this madness ever...

  • Paromjit
    Dec 16, 2016

    1 Folgate Street is no ordinary house, it is cutting edge and won the Stirling Prize. It is an example of extreme minimalism and incorporates the latest home technology. It was originally designed by ...

  • Melisa
    Oct 17, 2016

    Update: I just read that Ron Howard is going to direct the movie adaptation of this book. I can't wait!Wow! Book slump averted! A thriller has not made me this excited since Megan Miranda's All the Mi...

  • Christy
    Sep 27, 2016

    Ron Howard already has his hands on this book; so my advice to you: hurry up and pre-order this one so you can have it read before it's out in theaters!If you want to find out who The Girl Before is y...

  • Rachel
    Dec 12, 2016

    I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The Girl Before started out great. It's an addicting psychological thriller about two unrelated women who both, at differ...

  • Ammar
    Jan 10, 2017

    Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for an ARC of this novel. A novel that gained the eyes of editors around the world at the Frankfurt Book Fair and a bidding war started based on 53 pages. A soon ...

  • Dannii Elle
    Nov 22, 2016

    I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, J.P. Delaney, and the publisher, Ballantine Books, for this opportunity.I have never read a sample of a book b...

  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    Jan 03, 2017

    For more of my reviews visit https://theblondelikesbooks.wordpress...The Girl Before features two women who move into the same house, years apart form one another. Emma, who lives there first, ends up...

  • The Book Review Caf
    Jan 10, 2017

    All my reviews can be found at http://thebookreviewcafe.comAfter reading a sampler of The Girl Before a few months ago, I was desperate to read the whole book as I was so intrigued by the chapters I r...

  • Sharon Huether
    Oct 11, 2016

    A relationship based on perfection. A home built to perfection and maintained to perfection. These ideals are impossible to keep.Emma and her son died in this perfect house or near it.Jane wanted to l...