The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Literary Loop

lit-loop-jan-2017In 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.

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. 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.

“Riveting . . . Delaney strips away the characters’ secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed,” says Publishers Weekly.

“A masterfully crafted spellbinder . . . guaranteed to astonish,” says Booklist.