2017 Reviews · Book Broadcast · contemporary fiction · crime · mystery · suspense · thriller

Book Broadcast: The Girl Before by JP Delaney


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

the girl before

About The Girl Before:

In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune and another woman’s mysterious fate through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard.

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.

The Girl Before by JP Delaney certainly received plenty of positive buzz when it was released last year. Movie rights have also been acquired for this popular title. Although it is yet another book with ‘girl’ in the title (sigh – when will this end?) and inevitable comparisons have been made to those other girl books (Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train) I thought this one was a little different.  I read The Girl Before back in September last year and enjoyed it. However, time and too many books have passed between when I finished this book and writing a review. While I intended to complete an in depth review, I have forgotten many of the finer details of the book to do The Girl Before the justice it deserves. What I will tell you is this book is well worth checking out. The psychology of this novel is fantastic. The emphasis on modern architecture offers a clever spin and an original storyline approach to a book that falls into the crowded psychological thriller genre. It also kept me guessing from the beginning to the end. Put this one on your reading list if you enjoy domestic, grip lit style thrillers.

The Girl Before by JP Delaney was published on January 31st 2017 by Hachette Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

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