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'This is going to be the buzziest book of 2017 . . . This year The Girl Before will be that book' InStyle
'A girl thriller that outdoes Paula Hawkins' Sunday Times
'A really clever thriller . . . [the film] will no doubt become the third big "Girl" film' Daily Mail
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.
Following in the footsteps of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, The Girl Before is being brought to the big screen by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.
'A deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successes' Daily Express
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Here’s our take on this buzzy book that's already got a Hollywood adaptation incoming (directed by Ron Howard, no less). The Girl Before could easily become the world’s next water-cooler crime thriller. This elite pageturner follows Jane, whose dream rental apartment quickly becomes a waking nightmare. That’s because Jane becomes obsessed with a previous tenant, Emma, who died in the gorgeous but terrifying property. Delaney writes with delicious poise—no mean feat considering the endless twists we’re treated to.
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A uniquely written mystery
I like the way the story was told from the perception of the two female characters, one in the present & one in the past. The similarities in their experiences helped to build the suspense. Short digestible chapters helped kept the pages turning. A really interesting read but a slightly disappointing ending, but often it is that way with mysteries. A great first novel & an easy book to knock over in a day.
This book is well written and very unusual, so it probably deserves more than three stars for that. The characters though were so awful I felt a bit nauseous. Not really my cup of tea, but that’s no fault of the author who is clearly very talented.
The masses of blank pages were probably a glitch, but also seemed appropriate for the story.
One thing I thought was written beautifully and accurately was the description of Toby, breastfeeding him and the pregnancy. I’m pretty certain the author is a mum :)
So twisty and confusing
This book had me absolutely hooked at the beginning and don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but the murderer at the end could have been a bigger twist. It was a good mystery but ultimately didn’t shock me as much as I wanted it to.
Hated the ending as well, I was quite disappointed in the characters and their choices.