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The Girl Before by JP Delaney
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The Girl Before

by JP Delaney

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And I present to you another 'Girl' book, The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney. An excellent book that has seemed to have pissed off some early readers because some comparisons to Gone Girl.
I suggest that you read it, but get it out of your head right now that it is anything like Gone Girl. These comparisons drive me mad. One is simply not the other, and should be left to each of it's own merits. The Girl Before has a large cast of seemingly deranged characters, one of them a liar, which leaves the reader constantly guessing who is the one to be the most feared, but really, that is where the similarities end. Aren't the best psychological thrillers often but with just such characters?
It is all to do with how the author developed the characters, the pace in which things unfold, and the suspense that is built that makes or breaks such a book, and J.P. Delaney has built a winner. While I was not entirely thrilled with some of the details around the conclusion, I was indeed entertained, held in suspense, took delight in my wavering feelings for different individuals, and found the overall setting and plot to be quite original. ( )
  StephLaymon | Aug 12, 2018 |
Manchmal habe ich das Gefühl, dass ich nicht allein bin. Manchmal glaube ich, dass dieses Haus mich beobachtet. Etwas muss hier geschehen sein. Etwas Schreckliches.

Nach einem Schicksalsschlag braucht Jane dringend einen Neuanfang. Daher überlegt sie nicht lange, als sie die Möglichkeit bekommt, in ein hochmodernes Haus in einem schicken Londoner Viertel einzuziehen. Sie kann ihr Glück kaum fassen, als sie dann auch noch den charismatischen Besitzer und Architekten des Hauses kennenlernt. Er scheint sich zu ihr hingezogen zu fühlen. Doch bald erfährt Jane, dass ihre Vormieterin im Haus verstarb – und ihr erschreckend ähnlich sah. Als sie versucht, der Wahrheit auf den Grund zu gehen, erlebt sie unwissentlich das Gleiche wie die Frau vor ihr: Sie lebt und liebt wie sie. Sie vertraut den gleichen Menschen. Und sie nähert sich der gleichen Gefahr. ( )
  Jules1234 | Aug 3, 2018 |
One Folgate Street, a sleek, minimalist masterpiece by architect Edward Monkford, was built on tragedy -- the death of Monkford's wife and young son in a construction accident. (They were subsequently buried on the site.) The place is available...and affordable...but comes with a long list of rules and conditions for its occupants. In the recent past, Emma Matthews and her boyfriend Simon move in. Emma is recovering from a traumatic break-in at their previous flat and is drawn to One Folgate Street, though Simon is less enthusiastic. In the present, Jane Cavendish, who has just gone through the stillbirth of her daughter, is likewise intrigued and enthusiastic; she is not put off by the death of a recent resident (Emma), who fell (or was pushed? or jumped?) to her death down the winding minimalist stone staircase. Before long, Jane also finds herself involved with the enigmatic Edward Monkford -- and seeking answers to Emma's death. Concidentally (?), Elizabeth Monkford, Emma Matthews, and Jane Cavendish all resemble one another. -- Wow! Quite the page turner! None of the major characters is what he/she first appears to be, and the unscrolling of their various secrets adds to the suspense. A first novel, apparently, from a pseudonymous author that definitely bears watching! ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
What a great book this is! Do not let the fact that it took me ages to read tell you otherwise. I was just busy knitting up a storm.
Loved the short, powerful way it is written: it just keeps you turning the pages at a flying pace.
Meeting the author was quite the treat too. Already bought his next book and got tickets for the Edinburgh Book Festival this summer to see him again.
This books tells us the story of Jane and Emma. Both tenants, at different times, of One Folgate Street. The house is like nothing either of them had ever seen and is considered an architectural masterpiece.
In order to be a tenant at One Folgate Street, one must abide to a myriad of strict rules and conditions. Some people think it’s too much, some don’t. Emma and Jane take on the challenge and move in.
What follows is the odd and mysterious tale of the both of them told at simultaneous times. Of how they get involved with the shady, but charismatic, owner of the house.
Quite a twisting and turning read, it kept me guessing the ‘whodunnit’ right up until the very end.
Can’t wait to read Mr Delaney’s next gem. ( )
  AleAleta | Jul 5, 2018 |
Two young women in their 20s rent a home that is an architectural masterpiece controlled by the architect.

First Emma moves in because the rent is so cheap. But in exchange for the cheap rent, she agrees to the architect’s ridiculous demands for maintaining the home and completing periodic personal questionnaires.

Later, after Emma is gone, Jane comes along. She, too, agrees to the architect’s same demands and moves in.

Emma’s and Jane’s stories of craziness and lies are in short alternating chapters.

The psychological conditions presented are real and possible, I suppose. But who would really agree to the architect’s ridiculous demands? That spoiled the story for me.

Also, as an editor, I gagged during Emma's chapters. In her first-person accounts, she uses "go" and "goes" rather than "say" and "says." Plus, she uses no quotation marks.

Although this was my first experience with a narrator's use of "I go" and "he goes" in a novel, I have noticed more and more authors' nonuse of quotation marks in dialog. Quotation marks were invented to add readability, that is, make books easier to read. Therefore, their nonuse is rude. ( )
  techeditor | Jun 23, 2018 |
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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 is 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.

An enthralling psychological thriller with unexpected twists and turns, The Girl Before spins one woman's seeming good fortune, and another woman's mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.

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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.

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