Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

The Girl Before
by J.P. Delaney
narrated by
Emilia Fox
Finty Williams
Lise Aagaard Knudsen

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Published: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Thriller
Hardback: 352
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
It's a lovely little flat, the agent says with what could almost pass for genuine enthusiasm.

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.

My two-bits:

This one had me spinning. Just when I thought the story was going one way it turned and then turned again.

Despite the characters being an unlikable bunch, the mysteries about them and their past really holds the attention and interest.

The house is its own character and got me thinking of how where and what you live in affects your life and well-being.

The epigraphs were questions from the required "questionnaire" required as part of the application process for the house. They were an interesting morality related selection to ponder over.


* announced: film version is to be directed by Ron Howard - definitely have this on my to-watch list if it gets made

* part of Cloak & Dagger Challenge (here)

* Listened to audiobook version.

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