This pedometer geek reader generally reads the Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) received in order, but an exception was made for this Goodreads giveaway book, The Girl Before, written by J.P. Delaney. My apologies to those that were skipped over (and they will be read and reviewed soon), but, boy, was this book one on-the-edge-of-the-your-seat psychological thriller.
The Girl Before
by J.P. Delaney
Published by Ballantine Books, 2017
an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC
“Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.”
Thus begins the spellbinding novel that follows two women, Emma and Jane, who both move into the residence at One Folgate Street and have their lives transformed by the place.
One Folgate Street is an austere, totally uncluttered, and state-of-the-art high-tech rental, but not everyone who applies to live there passes the intense scrutiny of the leasing agent-owner. A final interview with the architect, Edward Monkford, who designed the place determines if the person is worthy to live there. Questionnaires and rules abound…including two hundred stipulations that must be agreed to in advance. In fact, few make the cut, but for those that do, their lives will never be the same in this psychological thriller.
For Emma and Jane, there are eerie similarities between them. So eerie that they could almost be one and the same person as the parallels between them makes Jane research her predecessor. Each of them has had a personal tragedy that sets them up for living in this space. For Jane, after hearing about Emma, she sets out to find out just how much they are alike.
Alternating between Emma’s point of view (then) and Jane’s (now), the same patterns are chillingly repeated. Even the same descriptions, the same words. In the end, will Jane suffer the same fate as Emma; will she experience the same terror as the girl before?
Intense, spellbinding, and twisted, this thriller will have the reader questioning everything and everyone, and the heart-stopping action doesn’t end until the final page. Saying much more than this would provide spoilers, and this is too mesmerizing a book to give away any more details. This reader’s recommendation: read it.
One other mystery to be solved: who is J.P. Delaney? It is a pseudonym is all that Goodreads indicates.