The Girl Before

The Girl Before

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Seizing a unique opportunity to rent a one-of-a-kind house, a damaged young woman falls in love with the enigmatic architect who designed the residence, unaware that she is following in the footsteps of a doomed former tenant.
"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. 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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
"A psychological thriller that spins one woman's seemingly good fortune, and another woman's mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425285053
0425285057
Characteristics: 1 online resource (336 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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jjpaige
Sep 26, 2017

Misogynistic crap. Predictable.

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LindaChesnut
Sep 05, 2017

Not worth it - boring!

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maggiepcurtis
Sep 04, 2017

A good read. Two separate yet connected stories. Good plot twists and keeps you guessing.

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htliang
Aug 27, 2017

This is a fast-faced and riveting psychological thriller. Smoothly moving from Emma's past to Jane's present, the author captures the reader with increasing suspense and surprising twists & turns.

JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a writer who has previously published best-selling novels under another name; supposedly, Tony Strong. "The Girl Before" is to be made into a film soon (directed by Ron Howard).

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KatG613
Aug 23, 2017

The Girl Before is fast paced thriller, told from alternating perspectives of 2 women who occupy the same residence years apart. There was a creepiness to the story that had me double checking all the closets in my apartment before bed. Parts of the story are given to the reader in bursts and spurts, and some threads are never truly explained - however I don't feel like that detracted from the overall plot itself. An internet search shows that the movie rights have been sold and Ron Howard is set to direct. It'll make a good movie, with plenty of suspense and mystery.

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LexiLou2
Aug 14, 2017

Initially I was hooked by the intriguing details, but it did not take long for the redundant and overt sexual content to really put me off. I don't know how it ends, and I actually do not care.

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LizzieCent
Aug 10, 2017

Maybe it will make a better movie than a book. Tried to have a mysterious, twisty ending but didn't succeed. Tiresome and took too long to get to the end.

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Beverleigh
Aug 03, 2017

Read the reviews and tried to get into this. Totally boring. I read for 5 chapters and gave up.

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mztory
Jul 28, 2017

This is a book I could not put down once I started it. I really enjoyed it more than 'Gone Girl' or 'Girl On A Train'. It was much better than either of those and scarier.

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Lamlake
Jun 29, 2017

The book is too clever for its own good. The ending was a complete miss. It was clear that the author just tossed something in to make a twist. You will see no evidence of what was written being true. I don't have respect for writers who do that.

I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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