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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.
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.
©2017 JP 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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By Virginia on 02-02-17

No, No, No

I thought Gone Girl was well written and had a nice believable little sadistic twist that made it awkwardly fun. Girl on the train, I liked because of the charters and although the ending was predictable the angst created by the writer was well done. Maybe I'm starting to just get over all the "girl in the title" books, or maybe this one just isn't very good. To be honest, I had trouble finishing it. The narration is good, but the story had a forced creepiness that just didn't work. the characters are unlikeable, and not in a way that makes you want to read or listen. An example (semi spoiler warning), one of the girls is violently raped and is extremely traumatized (as one would expect), then just a few pages later makes comments and commits acts that just don't fit (not even in a deranged way). I have to admit I'm not into the Fifty Shades of anything books, or any book with gratuitous language or violent sex, so maybe that's why I really don't understand this one. And the ending didn't make up for any of the books flaws. I say save your money or credit because this one, for me, isn't worth your time or money. That's just my two cents worth.

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By Simone on 02-21-17

Gave up after they ate live fish

No likeable characters. I was just thinking " oh, just kill them already":). I couldn't even finish.

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