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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, January 2017 - In recent years, listeners have been blessed with tour de force psychological thrillers (think Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train). Well, there's a new girl in town - The Girl Before by JP Delaney - and she's poised to become just as popular as her predecessors. The dual narration, which features mesmerizing performances by Emilia Fox and Finty Williams, simultaneously hooks and unsettles the listener. Emma and Jane share physical features. They both are recovering from traumas. They've dated the same man. They both lived at One Folgate Street. But Jane is alive, and Emma is dead. As Jane unravels Emma's fate and their stories begin to collide, the time between chapters shortens - a masterful technique by Delaney that only serves to heighten the drama. Rich, suspenseful, believable: make room for The Girl Before on your (digital) shelf. —Katie, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

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.
Emma
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.
Jane
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.
©2017 J. P. Delaney (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Riveting.... Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters' secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A masterfully crafted spellbinder...guaranteed to astonish." ( Booklist)
"JP Delaney's intricate psychological thriller immediately entangles us, and the gifted narrators keep us spellbound.... Finty Williams is vital and convincing delineating Emma's unreliable persona, and Emilia Fox offers a sympathetic, intelligent Jane as she uncovers what really happened to The Girl Before. Absolutely riveting." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 05-07-17

Great Story

After the first couple of chapters I thought this was really going to have a stupid ending. But that was just building the story. As the story progresses you get pulled in. Every time you think you know who did it, another piece of evidence pops up so you think it is someone else. I was completely surprised at the end. If you like suspense, this is a great book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Grant Fieldgrove on 03-29-17

A unique kind of awful

A unique kind of awful. This might very well be the worst book I have ever read. The strange thing is, usually when I dislike a book, I stop reading/listening and choose something else. This book, however, was so unbelievably awful that I couldn't make myself stop. I had to see how much worse is got and I was really really rooting for every single character to die a horrible death.
The two women characters are both dumber than a bag of rocks and the main male character is so terrible that there is no way either of these women would want him, let alone both. I was hoping he would end up murdering them both, then some random character like Jason Voorhees showing up at the 11th hour and killing him. That's how bad the book is, I daydreamed about the characters being murdered.
Add in some sex talk with words like c*** and Daddy, and you've got a nice, flaming crap cocktail. I even wanted the stupid house to explode!
I'm curious to find out who the author really is, because it has to be someone with their foot already in the door. There is no way this book impressed someone so much as to offer this person a contract. Someone's daughter or lover who was blackmailing people... Something! I refuse to believe this crap got published based on its merits alone.
And what the hell is Ron Howard doing with this? His movies have been some real stinkers lately, but this is bottom of the barrel. This will make the Grinch look Oscar worthy.
AVOID AT ALL COST!!!

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