THE GIRL BEFORE
by: JP Delany
Published: January 24, 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.
Meh. I tried so hard to like this book.
Without being too spoiler-y, there was one thing in the book I really liked. One of the characters took me by surprise and it was a great twist to the read. *No more from me on this! I can’t spoil it.
However, the rest of the book completely missed the thriller mark. It may have been a light suspense, but not something that was completely noticeable. It definitely had the psychological mark, but I had the book figured out before I hit 50%. Sure, I had questions. Who wouldn’t? While I did have it figured out, there were details I didn’t know. This was more of a “I’m bored, where is this going” type book.
Oh! And that house? Omg, there were definite creepy vibes coming from there. It would take a whole lot of getting used to the rules and the minimalism, but the data? No freaking way.
I’ve been finishing a book in about three days lately, but this book took me a week and a half. I had to force myself to finish it. I kept telling myself that maybe it would get better. It didn’t.
I had high hopes for this book too. Especially since I heard it was going to be made into a movie. The Girl Before would be a book to skip, and a movie (maybe) to watch on Netflix with a bowl of popcorn.