#BookReview – The Girl Before by J P Delaney @QuercusBooks @AlainnaGeorgiou

417orHDztKL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_‘Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?’

Short chapters and exquisite writing help build and maintain the suspense in this incredibly powerful psychological thriller.

Jane stumbles upon an unusual rental opportunity: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house on the condition that she abides by a long list of rules.

Before being offered the place, Jane has to complete a time-consuming questionnaire.  It is certainly mind-opening, strange and thought-provoking, and these questions are an intriguing set up to the novel, one which I enjoyed.

After moving in, Jane 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’.

We are taken back and forth in time showing the points of views of both Emma and Jane.  The quick switches between the two held my interest perfectly, very capturing!  It is surprisingly emotional in places.  The vivid memory of a stillborn baby pulled on my heartstrings.  I felt the ache and pain within Jane and it showed the rawness of her.  Both characters are complex and have their quirks.  Emma was not what I expected in the end(!) and Jane remained head-strong throughout.

Edward Monkford, the architect and owner of One Folgate Street, is certainly a unique character.  “Fifty shades” springs to mind in an OCD weird kind of way.  He is attractive, wealthy, quite a catch really – but what is all this unusual behaviour, who is he really?!

There isn’t a dull moment in this very catchy novel and I am excited to see what Delaney has to offer in the future.

Thank you to Alainna at Quercus for sending me a copy of the book in anticipation of the paperback release later this month.


Buy it and enjoy it!

F x




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