Sample Book Review: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney


Title: The Girl Before
Author: J.P. Delaney
Published: January 26th 2017
Publisher: Quercus
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Length: 400 pages
Source: Sampler from NetGalley

Book Blurb (via Goodreads):

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?
For all fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl comes this spellbinding Hitchcockian thriller which takes psychological suspense to the next level

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.

My Thoughts

Going into this sample, I knew I would be hooked. The description alone was enough to convince me that I would enjoy this read and I wasn’t disappointed.

Emma wanted a fresh start after a burglary at her old flat that she shared with her boyfriend, Simon. So when the minimalist haven of One Folgate Street is offered to them, she jumps at the chance. Now, Jane is feeling in need of a fresh start herself, and when she is offered One Folgate Street, she finally feels at peace. But a strange man is leaving flowers on her doorstep for a very chilling reason.

I love a good thriller with a mystery thrown in. The pacing of this sample is genius and the cliffhanger ending just makes you want to turn the page for the rest and then be agonisingly disappointed that there isn’t any at this time. You really connect with the two women and their different situations as they go into the house. I’m left wondering just exactly what happened to Emma in the past that allowed Jane to be there in the present, and whether the same thing could potentially happen to Jane herself.

From what I can tell, this will be a cracking read. It doesn’t take long to hook you and once it does, you won’t be able to put it down.


About the Author

J. P. Delaney is the pseudonym of an an acclaimed crime writer who is also a creative director for the largest advertising agency in the U.K.


*Biography courtesy of Goodreads

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