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“Kept me guessing” #bookreview THE GIRL BEFORE, by J.P. Delaney @QuercusBooks

“I am torn while writing this review.”


Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price? 

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she 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. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession. 


I’m ambivalent about this book. On the one hand, it definitely kept me guessing and reading right up until the end. A few times I tried to give up on it because I was annoyed for various reasons with it. But curiosity brought me back to it every time.

The storyline weaves past with present as two women, both tenants of One Folgate Street, tell their stories. And here I come to my first issue with the book – and I hasten to add that this is totally an issue of personal taste… TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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