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Those rules were not just warning bells, they were warning bombs that had to make those women to run away. They preferred to stay in a high-tech apartment and to fall for, — a perfectionist, a control freak and a creepy owner of this minimalistic apartment -, who have buried his late wife and son in this same apartment.
Who knows maybe this minimalistic freak was the same person who killed his family. It was like I was watching a bad version of the Saw movies when the owner of One Folgate Street appeared with all those weird rules and proclaimed that a kind of game has begun.
And may the odds be ever in your favour. One of the most distasteful moments, especially after the events one of the main characters had to go thorough, was: "Yes, daddy.
Yes" Seriously? This was neither an erotic story nor a thriller. It was an attempt to combine those two genres.
Secondly, both women were presented as weak-willed, indecisive, and obsessive personalities. Women are strong, self-sufficient, courageous, and independent.
They are responsible for their own fate. The girl before, was exactly this type of book, where both women preferred to be involved in an unhealthy sexual relationship just to feel what?
A bad girl? What I want to say is that they could do a load of things in order to get relieved from the unfortunate events of their past.
To demonstrate, they could be involved in voluntary organization to help the women with the same problems. Identically, they could travel, meet people, learn to play piano, help the planet to become more sustainable.
Besides, there were a lot of racism issues all over the story. The bad boys of the story were black and working class.
Come on. Likewise, there was a controversial issue about people with a Down Syndrome and whereas they have to be born or not.
I would prefer a different ending just to be able to say View all 28 comments. Custom-designed and built by a world renowned architect.
Every modern amenity one could possibly dream up… some even beyond your imagination! Just one small hitch. You must agree to the terms set forth by the architect.
Rules covering seemingly everything from A — Z, regarding what may be brought into the apartment. Not the least of which includes no pets or even children.
Emma is looking for a safe haven. Her last flat was broken into and ransacke 3. Her last flat was broken into and ransacked while she was home.
Still terrified, she feels no place is safe until she happens upon One Folgate Street. Jane is busy putting her life back together after losing her baby.
Of course she can handle a few bizarre rules! No problem. Personal anecdote: My husband and I rented a cabin for a weekend vacation. As we checked-in, we were handed a ridiculously large book of rules and regulations.
We were expected to read and abide by them! Needless to say we checked out the next day. That was several years ago This book brought back those wacky memories for me.
Although this contract went way above and beyond our rule book! I still think Emma and Jane should have hightailed it out of there as soon as they poured over the rules!
If it sounds too good to be true A great premise for a book and engaging writing quickly drew me in. Though it did veer off and become a little too fifty shades ish at times.
I think a few of the final chapters could have been skipped to stay on point just a bit better. Though overall, I did enjoy it.
View all 43 comments. Jan 09, Meredith rated it it was ok Shelves: netgalley. The premise is intriguing: What if you had the opportunity to live in the perfect house designed by a famous architect for a low price?
The only catch is that the house will record data, and track your every move. Also, the lease will have over clauses, including such things as not leaving anything on the floor and no books allowed!
Some would run for the hills, but to others, it sounds like a dream come true! The perfect house will help people reach levels of perfection they never thought they could achieve.
This is the house located on One Folgate Street. Emma died under mysterious circumstances while living in One Folgate Street, and Jane is the current occupant.
As a result, everything unraveled and it all became a little ridiculous. The Girl Before was just not my cup of tea. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
View all 34 comments. Update : I just read that Ron Howard is going to direct the movie adaptation of this book. I can't wait! Book slump averted!
The story is told in alternating chapters between Emma, the girl before, and Jane, the current tenant of a very unique flat.
While both women are searching for a living situation within their budgets in expensive London, their brokers both mention a possible solution.
One Folgate Street has been designed by an architectural genius, Edward Monkford, but in order to live there, one must pass a series of vetting including a multi paged questionnaire and interview.
This is where things just begin to get weird. I fear saying much more will give away the twists and turns within these pages.
As an aside, Emma's chapters are told without any quotation marks in the dialogue. While it takes some time to getting used to, it is very effective in differentiating between the two women's chapters.
However I am completely curious as to why the author chose to use this device, if anyone knows, fill me in.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the author portrayed One Folgate - the apartment itself takes on a life of its own and becomes a central character in the story.
There are multiple triggers within this book. I feel if I mention them here, they would be spoilers. Pretty much, if it's a trigger you can think of, it's here.
Reader be warned! I've heard this author is writing under a pseudonym, and I am completely curious as to who masterminded this intricate story.
If you need to have likable characters to enjoy a book, pass on this one. If you are very sensitive in nature and have some triggers, pass. If you want a wild roller coaster ride of ups and downs and rights and lefts, pick this one up!
You won't be able to put it down. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
View all 36 comments. Jan 22, Maureen rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley. One Folgate Street is a state of the art award winning property. The rent is pretty reasonable too, but it's tenants must be prepared to give up all their possessions - no books, throws, cushions, photos, no personal effects, nothing except the bare minimum of clothes.
Then there are the other rules - hundreds of them, seemingly waiting to trip you up, catch you unawares. There are also regular questions to answer, very personal and intrusive questions.
The fact is, whoever becomes this property's tenant must be willing to be completely controlled. Emma needs to find a new place to live after a traumatic break-in.
She can't find anything that is affordable, that is until she finds One Folgate Street. She loves it on sight but Edward the architect, insists on complete control in order to transform his tenants to suit the space in which they're living, and he certainly manages to do that.
Jane also needs a new start after a personal tragedy - she too loves the property but is also drawn to Edward, its creator.
She soon discovers that Emma met an untimely death in the house, and begins investigating just what really happened there.
The narrative certainly kept my attention, I really wanted to know what happened to Emma, but I found it hard to believe in Edward, AND his rules, so really that stopped me from rating this one any higher.
View all 54 comments. Would you move into a house that has pages and pages of rules? Where the questions ask you things that you couldn't live without?
Questions about everything person? Don't be so sure, because those rents are expensive. This house, however has the latest and greatest gadgets going for it.
Like lights that automatically adjust to you, the water temps remember those perfect settings, and lots of little stuff like an app for your phone that controls the Would you move into a house that has pages and pages of rules?
Like lights that automatically adjust to you, the water temps remember those perfect settings, and lots of little stuff like an app for your phone that controls the house.
You just have to agree to be tested. To be monitored. Then there is that rich, super good looking architect landlord.
Told from two different viewpoints, Emma from before and Jane from now.. I'm not giving any secrets away for this one And it is decent.
I got a little yicked out with some "Daddy talk. And the ending. Why can't authors keep up the momentum's in books?
Why do they just get tired of writing at the end and throw whatever in? I want what I want! View all 25 comments. Oh, the irony. Marie Kondo, where are you?
Clean up on aisle 5!! I was immediately sucked in to the plot. Most readers will identify with the depressing search for an affordable place to live that is also stylish and meets all of our must-haves.
What if you find out that there is a gorgeous modern home available for very little moolah? It has everything. State 3 stars For a book that is centered on a minimalist approach to life in a spare, modern home--this story is a bit messy!
State of the art technology is hidden within the pale gray stone walls. Everything you could ever want in high end luxury is available at your fingertips in this smart house.
The famous architect, Edward Monkford, is the owner and creator of this modernistic miracle. But, there is a catch to scoring the rental deal of the century.
Of course. You must take a lengthy personality assessment quiz. You must be personally approved by Monkford himself. You may not move in anything but your essentials.
Yes, you heard me right, books are not essential according to Monkford. You may be literally signing your life away. Except, not really.
Got all that? Co-winky-dink alert: The three women look just alike. They all fall in love with the starchitect at different points in time.
They are all struggling with personal crises in their lives. Three people have actually died there. Will Jane be next?
Monkford is a controlling narcissist. The damaged women all fall under his commanding spell. It lingers on with the biggest challenge keeping Emma and Jane separate in your mind.
Although the audio book is very well done by the narrator, the chapters are way too confusing to listen and follow. I ended up reading the book on Kindle.
A minor stylistic point, but what the heck with the way this author writes dialogue? The pseudo named JP Delaney uses the word "go" instead of "said".
No quotation marks either. Welcome Emma and Simon, she goes. English teachers will want to stab themselves in the eye when they read this.
Please, please don't let this be a new writing trend! The novel is slick and mildly interesting. There is a twist at the end, thank goodness, but it misses the mark and tries too hard to be cool.
Hoping Ron Howard will ratchet up the coolness factor in his new movie version. View all 15 comments. Apr 16, Norma rated it it was ok.
If I am rating this solely on my review rating system this book gets no more than 2 stars from me. I listened to the audio version of this book and what I did really like though was the narrators as it was performed very well by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, and Lisa Aagaard Knudsen.
DELANEY did sound quite intriguing to me and there was definitely something about this book that If I am rating this solely on my review rating system this book gets no more than 2 stars from me.
DELANEY did sound quite intriguing to me and there was definitely something about this book that did hold my interest enough to keep me wanting to listen to the end.
However I continued as I did need to know how this was going to play out. I am glad I am finished. What I did like was the format of the storyline as it was delivered in alternating short chapters between then and now mirroring the points of view of our two main characters; Emma the previous tenant and Jane the current tenant.
Which I found to be an enjoyable way to listen to this story. View all 52 comments. Dec 11, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-thrillers , net-galley.
My thanks to Ballantine Books and to J. Delaney for the opportunity. To control or to be controlled? The Girl Before has more wicked cogs in the wheel than a jacked-up Monster truck in high gear.
And that wheel keeps turning and turning throughout the entire story. Some days that wheel grinds in the down and dirty. Some days it revs up speed and gains relentless traction.
Emma Matthews lives in the "once upon a gruesome time". Her spin in the wheel is entitled "Then". Emma and her boyfriend, Simon, are desperate for a safe haven after Emma is attacked in their present apartment.
Fear makes you snap at quick decisions. Desperately, they apply for residency at a slick, state-of-the-art building. Even all the mind-blowing questionaires and restrictions don't deter them.
No books Ah, c'mon now! And they sign on the dotted line. Edward is the award winning architect and owner of this granite luxury edifice. He lost his wife and young son in a freak accident not long before.
Living in Japan for a time afterwards, Edward returns to manage his property. And manage he does Jane Cavendish resides in the time slot entitled "Now".
She will be the latest occupant of One Folgate Street. She recently gave birth to a stillborn little girl and has been devastated by the loss.
Jane, too, is seeking solace behind the walls of this highly efficient building. Although this "covenant" seems highly imposing and limiting, Jane signs on the dotted line as well.
Soon Jane begins to connect occurrences in her present situation to those of Emma in the past. Things just don't seem to add up.
What actually happened to Emma? The Girl Before will be made into a movie by Ron Howard. Remember how the canned goods and spices had to be stacked just so and the towels primly arranged on the rack?
Oh, sweetheart, this is just the beginning The Girl Before is one sharp-ended story that reaches deeply into the slightly tilted minds of its characters.
Not everyone has a solid handle on their secrets in this one. Appearances can be deceiving. View all 27 comments.
Jan 27, Christine PNW rated it did not like it. Overhyped and underwhelmed. Honestly, I should've known better. I mean, first of all, it had the word "Girl" in the title, which was a clue that it would be bandwaggoning the tail end of a trend.
Here is a list of all of the things I hated about this book: 1. His character was completely unconvincing. I haven't read FSoG and I have no plans to do so.
However, Overhyped and underwhelmed. However, that book has permeated the pop culture to the level that even I was able to draw the parallels between his character and Christian Grey.
If a man said that to me, I'd meet him at the door with a sledgehammer and a restraining order. Not that Jane would have a sledgehammer, since it's probably a violation of the preposterous rules that she agreed to before moving into the house to have a sledgehammer.
Never have I been so unconvinced of spanking in a book. BDSM again. When Emma called him "daddy" it literally came out of nowhere.
The ultimate sexual non sequitur. Where in the hell did that come from? Shut your fucking face you lying liar who lies.
Honestly, she was one of the most unlikeable female characters in any book ever. She lied about everything. Everything that made her sympathetic turned out to be entirely false.
There were three sociopaths in this book, and she was one of them. Are we supposed to like her? I'm unclear on this point.
She is basically the equivalent of that dumb blonde in a horror movie who hides behind the wall of whirling knives instead of running the fuck away while she can.
It's treatment of trauma was totally surface and entirely based on the author's idea of what some one who has experienced trauma might do.
The house itself was entirely creepy and no one would ever live there. People who are alive, and who are not wax statues, do things that create clutter and mess.
Even the tidiest house will have, at a minimum, a family photo displayed. Living in that house would be like living in a mausoleum.
No one would voluntarily live in a mausoleum before they had actually become a corpse. The twist. I figured it out. Go away. The dual narrations in opposing chapters.
Been done. The ending. Nice gimmick. So, yeah, there really wasn't anything I liked about this book. I should've known better, really, than to buy it.
But can this trend of unrealistic characters and their behaviors in "realistic" fiction be over now, please? View all 21 comments. Jan 15, Cristina Monica rated it liked it Shelves: mystery.
This book is very manipulative and, clearly, deceptive. If that bothers you — and if you generally dislike far-fetched cases — I suggest you read something less convoluted.
So you do that. I prefer to be exposed to all face This book is very manipulative and, clearly, deceptive.
This mystery novel is engrossing, despite it not giving us the liberty of making our own opinions on the protagonists and antagonists until the very end.
The short chapters surely had their role to play in my being unable to put this book down. It takes time for Jane to discover someone died in the house and it takes time for Emma to feel scared.
The death thing confused me, since I thought real estate agents were supposed to disclose info like that — especially when the previous tenants have died.
But I guess there are places where no such law exists. I enjoyed seeing this book shift from mystery to psychological thriller. Anyone at all.
Sleep tight now. View all 4 comments. What a let down this book was and its being made into a movie!?! I don't get it. The most intriguing part of this book was the creepy "techy" house!!!
Oct 06, April rated it liked it. But it doesn't really matter if you're still messed up inside. View 2 comments.
Delaney is a Ballantine publication. While this appears to be a debut novel, this author apparently has some experience with crime writing, having written this book under a pseudonym.
In the meantime, I hear this book might be the basis for a movie, and Ron Howard would be the director!
So, if that isn The Girl Before by J. Two very different women, both having suffered emotional traumas, move in, at different times, into a very affordable, unique, technologically advanced apartment that stresses a minimalist lifestyle.
As the story progresses, we learn the two women bear a striking resemblance to one another, are both attracted to Edward, despite his OCD tendencies, but, Jane discovers that the previous tenant… Emma, died in the apartment, an apparent victim of suicide.
Jane becomes somewhat obsessed with Emma and her backstory, while her own personal relationship with Edward begins to deepen. The suspense is low key initially, with just a mild creepy feeling permeating the sterile environment the two women live in.
The writing is superb, as the author drew me in, held my attention, managing to evoke feelings of concern for the tenants, on top of creating the feeling of foreboding and dread, that kept me turning those pages.
Of the two women, one is more controversial and the other is mildly bland, and were not necessarily people I related to or felt a kinship with, but I did feel sympathy for them and worried on their behalf, despite feeling frustrated with them at times.
I was slightly conflicted by the ending, which was somewhat anticlimactic, in my opinion. Other than that, I thought this was a pretty solid thriller, with a unique set up, and kept me interested from beginning to end.
View all 14 comments. Jan 09, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in , crime-mystery-thriller. A unique house with a particular landlord, they say.
A restrictive covenant, but affordable. A lot of rules, a harrowing application process. Only if you think it is worth it.
One Folgate Street. It was built by a techno-minimalist architect named Edward Monkford. There is an intense question application, a face-to-face interview with the ones Edward personally approves, and even then..
And if you do, you have to live by strict rules and adapt to this minimalist life A unique house with a particular landlord, they say.
And if you do, you have to live by strict rules and adapt to this minimalist lifestyle. It is all in the contract. Things like no children or pets, no curtains or rugs, everything must be put away at all times including dishes, clothes, etc , no books, nothing left out on floors, no flatbed furniture, etc.
Not my cup of tea to live under such a strict lifestyle. The two women in this story both went through a trauma before needing to find somewhere new to live on a budget.
And One Folgate Street is a house that allows for people to live beyond their means in terms of rent. Emma and Simon recently had a break in, so Emma needs to feel safe.
Emma is the girl from then. Jane gave birth to a stillborn and is reeling from the loss. For Jane the house feels like it could be a fresh start.
And slowly, she becomes a woman obsessed and caught up in the girl before. But is the girl before who we think it is? Get ready for some twists.
Now re-read my first paragraph. The ending felt somewhat tame, though it was still satisfying. I liked the random application questions that were thrown in the story sporadically.
It got me thinking what my answers would be and what kind of person I am compared to the characters in the book.
Overall, I was hoping for a bit more of a fast-paced, twisty thriller. View all 5 comments. Feb 25, Linda rated it really liked it.
I thought the plot was very creative and, of course, the ending was a total surprise. Also, after being officially named a "Cover Girl," how about that beautifully intriguing cover?
That, alone, makes you want to buy it. This book is going to make a fabulous movie. While reading it, I kept visualizing the sleek, totally automated house and all the characters playing out their roles to the point of hearing the background music and the sound effects.
Most of all, I could feel the uneasy periods of controlled silence. JP Delaney was very successful in bringing this story to life. I'd definitely recommend "The Girl Before" to all those who love a good suspense novel.
View all 40 comments. Second Reading This is my first time reading the entire book, as I had only previously read a sampler.
There are so many physiological thrillers available today that sell themselves as in the style of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins. Very few actually come close to living up to the powerhouses in this genre.
This book, however, deserves to sit beside them. This dark and brooding Second Reading This is my first time reading the entire book, as I had only previously read a sampler.
This dark and brooding tale was alive with emotion and drew the reader into the tension of the tale. The story wasn't set out in chronological order and this provided room for the tale to slowly unfurl, and share its secrets with the reader at its own pace.
The telling of the tale, as well as the setting of it, were as alive as the characters, and all three worked together to provide something suspenseful, shocking and totally unique!
First Reading I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, J. Delaney, and the publisher, Ballantine Books, for this opportunity.
I have never read a sample of a book before and, to be honest, have never been interested in doing so. When I received an email proclaiming that I was eligible for a portion of this book I downloaded it to my Kindle without any real idea of when or if I would get to it.
One day, however, I found myself short of time and eager for a quick read to finish, which is how I ended picking this up.
I was hooked from the very first page! This sample contains a considerable quantity of the book, containing approximately twenty short chapters, and I flew through all of it in one sitting.
Told from the split perspectives of Emma, in the past, and Jane, in the present, this chronicles the similar paths both their lives took once they became the occupant of the infamous 1 Folgate Street.
Designed by cutting-edge architect, Edward Monketon, this house is unlike any other. And Monketon requires his tenants to live their life unlike any other, as well.
This is the absolute definition of spine-tingling! This managed to make a modern house, full of straight lines and futuristic technology feel like a chilling, Gothic mansion, full of shadowed corners and ghosts of homeowners past.
And all without dwelling on any of the melodrama associated with that genre. The no-nonsense style of writing mirrors the architect of the house and becomes just as much a function of the tale as the characters and the setting.
I am so eager to uncover the mysteries concerning this unique and compelling thriller and can't wait until I can get the rest of the book in my hands!
Jan 10, Tan Markovic rated it really liked it. This book had me hooked from the very first page and I found it near enough impossible to put down.
Definitely one of those books that will keep you up all night. I have been meaning to read this book ever since it was released and I really am regretting letting it take me so long!
The plot was like nothing I have read before. If anyone knows of any similar plot lines in other books please let me know because I am ready to read more!
A very calculating, manipulative and tentative read, it keeps you on the edge all the way through. I found all the characters intriguing in their own ways with the exception of Jane.
I loved the way the chapters were broken up by the questions that the house was asking them, such a good touch.
The way in which this story was written made me feel claustrophobic as if I was the resident in the house; the imagery was so vivid and the atmosphere created was dark and creepy and I loved it.
Her story was so interesting and personality was wild. To anyone who enjoys their dark and twisted thrillers, I cannot recommend this enough!
Dec 17, Gary rated it liked it. The Girl Before is a psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names.
A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award—winning director Ron Howard and I am sure this will prove to be one of the hits of The story focuses on the property 1 Folgate Street,this is no ordinary house, it is state of the art and won the Stirling Prize.
It has the latest home technology and was designed by architect Edwa The Girl Before is a psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names.
It has the latest home technology and was designed by architect Edward Monkton who insists on extreme minimalism which is bordering on the obsessive.
Edward Monkton designed the property for his family but made it available for lease following the death of his wife and son. With a list of over conditions that have to be strictly adhered to by whoever lives there and a very thorough interview process for would be tenants it is proving difficult to lease.
The story focuses on two troubled women who live at 1 Folgate Street, Emma from the past, and Jane in the present. For the first half of the book I was totally hooked and read the novel at every possible opportunity.
It was easy to see why this book was getting so much positive attention and plans to bring to the big screen so far advanced.
I was already thinking this book was going to get a high rating off me but then I don't know what exactly changed but my interest suddenly dwindled.
I totally understand why other reviewers are raving about it and I am pretty sure I will watch the film when released but unfortunately I didn't find the second half of the novel anywhere as powerful as the opening.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Quercus books for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
View all 3 comments. Aug 25, Stacey rated it really liked it. I went into this book with a very open mind. It didn't gel with a lot of people and I respect that!
This book is as much about a house from its history to its construction to the contract to live in it as it is about the characters.
In alternating viewpoints from Emma then and Jane now it's an unraveling of what mysteries and secrets this house holds.
It was a suspenseful read with the loose ends tied up in the end. But as long as the house stands, this will be a never ending story. View all 19 comments.
Feb 06, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , crunken-love , nutters , arcs , whodunit , girls-girls-girls.
Two stories which have absolutely nothing in common, but who gives a shit right? Those name drops sell themselves! Both women had some sort of superbadawful they were trying to get over when an opportunity to reside at One Folgate Street presented itself.
But it was also a house with some skeletons in the closet. In fact, things were going along swimmingly until the point where this happened.
Dear Ron Howard, even though the leading ladies in this story are described as Audrey Hepburn-esque brunettes, do me a solid and use the fact that these two women are interchangeable to your advantage.
And if you need someone to make a cameo as the dead wife????? Look no further. You can send my casting fee to kellyandthebookboar paypal.
Thanks in advance. Book 10?????? Thank you, NetGalley! View all 6 comments. Feb 03, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-content , listened-to-audiobook , read , stand-alone-novel , movie-in-the-works , psychological-thriller.
Both of these women share alternating POV's which allows the reader some insight into the characters and various other elements within the story.
The Girl Before has mixed reviews and I can 3. The Girl Before has mixed reviews and I can see why. There are components that will be eye-roll worthy for some but intriguing for others I appreciated J.
Two men broke in and threatened Emma with a knife. Oh, the agent says. Look, this might be a long shot, but. His voice trails off.
Simon says. Has anyone at the office mentioned One Folgate Street to you? Has it just come on? Not exactly, no. The agent seems unsure whether to pursue this or not.
Simon persists. Technically, yes, the agent says. Absolutely fantastic. In a different league from this. What area? Simon asks.
Hampstead, the agent says. Well, more like Hendon. Simon calls. I go back inside. We might as well take a look, I say. The agent nods.
But I think it might be right up your street. Sorry, no pun intended. Going to the window, I found myself looking down at a school. I could see into a room being used by a toddler group, the windows hung with cutouts of paper bunnies and geese.
Pain tugged at my insides. The previous tenants said they rather liked the sound of children playing. There are. Not right now. Instead, she seems to come to a decision.
Almost the opposite. A modern building in Hendon. A whole house—only one bedroom, but loads of space. The owner is the architect.
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I have mix feelings about this book. I enjoyed the concept and mystery surrounding the house. What I didn't like was Delaney making the female characters dumb.
Make this a library book, don't pay for it. Famed architect Edward Monkford chooses occupants for a home he rents out very carefully. Each renter must agree to an extensive list of rules in order to live there.
Emma is eager to move after the home she lived in with her boyfriend Simon was broken into. She is willing to abide by Edward's rules to live there even though it means giving up almost all of her possessions.
Jane has also suffered a personal tragedy and is eager for a fresh start. She finds herself drawn to Edward each time she is around him.
But soon Jane starts uncovering some of the secrets of the house and the owner. The story alternates between the characters of Emma when she lived in the house and Jane who lived in the house after Emma.
I thought this was a good book in terms of having quite a few twists and turns and catching the reader off guard. It was a big page turner for me because I wasn't really ever sure where the author was going with the story.
It definitely has a creepy factor to it and I'm not surprised to hear that the book is being developed into a movie. Without getting into spoilers, I can see however why the book has stirred up some controversy.
If you are looking for a fictional read that is a bit dark and keeps you in suspense, than I recommend this book.
If it's a hot button issue for you, I can't imagine you would like this book. You can definitely tell that a man wrote this book because it's told from the perspective of two young woman who have no personality at all.
Not sure what woman that line works on these days, but I was definitely hoping for something a bit more than that. It lacked creativity in my opinion and took me forever to finish.
Usually I can read a book in a couple of days, but this one took me over two weeks to push my way through. It wasn't worth it either. Even if you want to listen to the other great reviews about this book, I would definitely suggest getting it from the library or borrowing it from a friend so you don't have to fork over actual money for this thing.
As reluctant as I am to give a negative review as I think of all the blood, sweat and tears that goes into writing a book, I need to on this one.
I held onto the end but unfortunately I was really glad when I finished it. Each woman is looking for a house This is this summer's "Girl" thriller.
Their stories are told in alternating chapters, and although the women's characters were very different, I sometimes lost track of whose story I was in.
The author tried to make it easier by using no quotation marks in the story of the girl before see what I did there , but using them in the currrent girl's narrative.
Anyway, the plot goes like this. Each woman is looking for a house to rent in London, and what they want is way out of their budget.
Exasperated, their estate agents finally offer them an incredible, minimalist architecture firm's flagship house, at a ridiculously low rent, as long as they agree to answer some very personal questions and adhere to some very strict rules.
Guess what, they both agree Quite early on, it becomes apparent that the first girl was murdered - or possibly fell down the stairs - in the house.
You just don't know why, or by whom. Although I wasn't blown away by this story, it was compelling, and I loved the way that the house almost became a character in its own right.
Read it if you want a fast-paced thriller of the "girl" sort. What a bizarre book. The ending was so far out there as to be completely dissatisfying.
The back and forth was difficult at first and then the realization that so much of the story was a lie was really off-putting. Don't waste your time - wish I hadn't but once I start a book I have to finish it.
No one is likable, the story line is preposterous and the writer and editors don't care for quotation marks which requires rereading sentences.
Also "me" is not the subject of a sentence and "I" is not the object of a preposition. Also, kinky sex is overrated and overdone.
There is not one page of this book I would recommend. Like many other reviewers, I had mixed feelings after reading The Girl Before, but in the end decided that it did a good job of exposing a slice of society to me, almost like visiting a museum.
There are some traditional elements in the story: angst, loss, love, even mysterious deaths, but for me the protagonists weren't Edward, Emma or Jane, but rather their collective environment and the choices that they could have, should have or would have made.
JP Delaney's writing style and organization in The Girl Before brilliantly reinforces the minimalist concept, behind 1 Folgate, putting each character in their own narrative, like cutlery in a drawer, and only pulling each one out as needed.
Even quotation marks that would traditionally indicate what was actually spoken by the characters, rather than just thought, were eschewed to keep the the focus on this theme.
If you would like a thought provoking read, The Girl Before is for you. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries.
Spoilers ahead. I started this book quite engrossed as I love mystery and thrillers. However as the story developed, I found myself really disliking most of the central characters, and just wishing my way to the ending.
I did like the switching between the past and present for the most part, but I found myself frowning at the way the author chose to portray the only two non-white characters in the book; the burglar is young and black and described as a 'nasty piece of work low life', and the character Saul is basically a piece of trash who date rapes girls?
At one point, the author describes the burglars talking in 'black street slang'. I realise this is just fiction, but for the author to use such lazy stereotypes left a bitter taste in my mouth and combined with the odd, anticlimactic and unsatisfying ending, it's unlikely I'll bother to read any more of their work.
Unfortunately this wasn't for me. I didn't enjoy the way it was written. The two characters telling the same story.
A lot of it was repeated in both girl's accounts. It just got a bit tedious. There were no characters to like, and the story dragged on.
However, the second half was much better than the first half. I wandered why anybody would even entertain the idea of living in this place with the stipulations it has.
But apparently at least these two women did And the architect was just a plain old weirdo. Although I did finish it, I had to make myself carry on after a dull first half.
After a little break from reading it, I thought it would be better, and it was- only ever so slightly though. Boring for the most part, unnecessarily complicated, way too long The best bit of this book is page , the last sentence of Jane's chapters.