The Girl Before by JP Delaney | Released January 24, 2017 by Ballentine Books | Rating: 3.5/5| Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction | Amazon | Goodreads
This book is the exact reason why you shouldn’t get a “smart” house.
As far as thrillers go, The Girl Before is one I would recommend. Yes, it is vaguely reminiscent of some other thrillers I’ve read lately, but it’s paced well and held my attention.
I will say that I have slightly mixed feelings about the books female characters, Emma and Jane; their development, attitude/outlook and overall believably. This definitely wasn’t enough for me to dislike the book or stop reading. I won’t go into much further detail to avoid spoilers, other than to say it would be nice to read a book with more fully-formed, multidimensional female characters. I think, at times, this book tried, but just missed the mark.
The long and short of it – it was a good, quick read. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat and there are no jaw dropping moments, but it held my attention and I enjoyed it.
Synopsis: 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.