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From the publisher:

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.

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.

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.


Usually I don’t bother with the publisher’s synopsis as they tend to run to lots of superlatives and not much substance. In this case, the superlatives are warranted. This was a terrific read and was an all nighter for me.

I loved the characters, they way the story moved between them, and the way the mystery builds. I am not always a fan of the “girl books”, the unreliable narrator as it were, but it definitely worked here. I loved it.

1/17 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney. Ballantine Books (January 24, 2017). ISBN 978-0425285046. 352p.

3 Responses to THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney

  1. Esther Whatley says:

    I also loved this book after being hesitant to read another “girl” book. After Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, I expected this one to be a disappointment. I’ve given it 5 stars in my reviews. I read it obsessively and hated for it to end – wanted more.

    • Stacy Alesi says:

      I felt exactly the same way. And now I’m on a hunt. J.P. Delaney is a pseudonym for a previously published author and I really want to know who wrote it so I can read their earlier books. J.P., if you are out there, fess up!

  2. Carol M says:

    This sounds like a book I would love! I enjoyed Gone Girl and I just bought a copy of Girl on the Train. Thank you for letting us know that this is another good story. It’s going on to my “to buy” list!

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