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The Girl Before: A Novel Hardcover – January 24, 2017
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“Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.”—Lee Child
“The Girl Before generates a fast pace. . . . [J. P.] Delaney intersperses ethics questions on stand-alone pages throughout the book. . . . The single most ingenious touch is that we’re not provided either woman’s answers.”—The New York Times
“J. P. Delaney builds the suspense.”—Vanity Fair
“Immediate guarantee: You will not be able to put this book down. . . . Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will realize that there’s not only more where that came from, but it’s also more thrilling.”—American Booksellers Association
“This is going to be the buzziest book of 2017. We may only be a few weeks into 2017, but we’re calling it early: This year, The Girl Before will be that book. The upcoming novel by author J. P. Delaney has all of the makings of a sexy murder mystery that is sure to hit the bestseller chart, and it already has the movie deal to prove it.”—InStyle
“Delaney has created a genuinely eerie, fascinating setting in One Folgate Street. . . . The novel’s structure, volleying back and forth as first Emma and then Jane begin to question their improbable luck, is beautifully handled. The pages fly.”—USA Today
“The house has a dark past and a landlord that’s anything but welcoming.”—New York Post, one of the must-read books of the week
“The Girl Before is deservedly anointed the ‘top girl’ of this season’s suspense novels.”—The Washington Post
“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
“Get hooked on this hair-raiser about a woman who scores what seems like her dream home . . . until she finds out the mysterious fate of the previous tenant.”—Cosmopolitan
“One of the best thrillers you’ll read in 2017. . . . The Girl Before will appeal greatly to fans of psychological suspense.”—New York Journal of Books
“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
“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 the Author
The Girl Before is the first psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. It is being published in thirty-five countries. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award–winning director Ron Howard.
Top customer reviews
This book exceeds the hype, it might be better than they say it is.
I was hooked and read it in two days about ten hours total reading time.
Nothing is really what it seems to be, everyone has a hidden agenda and the characters might shift at any point.
This seems to be a very straightforward story until the last 40 pages.
However, the author has given us the information, if we notice it.
The ending is very logical, given the story and the people. There is no, 100-year relationship or rabbit out of the hat here.
Be aware this is a very adult story with some graphic sex.
Loved the book and looking forward to the movie.
Anyway, the plot goes like this. Each woman is looking for a house to rent in London, and what they want is way out of their budget. Exasperated, their estate agents finally offer them an incredible, minimalist architecture firm's flagship house, at a ridiculously low rent, as long as they agree to answer some very personal questions and adhere to some very strict rules. Guess what, they both agree...
Quite early on, it becomes apparent that the first girl was murdered - or possibly fell down the stairs - in the house. You just don't know why, or by whom.
Although I wasn't blown away by this story, it was compelling, and I loved the way that the house almost became a character in its own right. Read it if you want a fast-paced thriller of the "girl" sort.
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