- “The Girl Before” by J.P. Delaney
- Mystery Thriller
- Read as a digital review copy thanks to NetGalley
- 2/5 stars
- Bailed February 5, 2017
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.
I’ve decided I really can’t trust descriptions, especially when they tell me it’s the “next Gone Girl”. I feel like publishers these days love using that to reel people like me in, who does try to give them the benefit of the doubt. This book didn’t really give me that vibe. I wanted it to be more of a mystery, be more suspenseful, but I felt like I could predict the big twist from the beginning, and I just didn’t really want to invest anymore time into that.
What I will say is this book was an easy read (from what I did read). It would be an easy book to read as a palate cleanser maybe? Just because I could see myself flying through it in a day. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t really leave me suspenseful in what was going to happen next, and felt like it was lacking something.
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