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The Girl Before Audiobook

The Girl Before: A Novel

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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 JP Delaney (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"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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    Dr. Salena Potter 02-20-17

    Salena

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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What did you like best about The Girl Before? What did you like least?

    The narrators did a great job with a poor book.


    What could JP Delaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was far too close in both content and storyline to Fifty Shades of Grey for it even to be enjoyable.


    Do you think The Girl Before needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. Unless the storyline is drastically altered to be something original.


    Any additional comments?

    It was definitely NOT original. Sadly, it seems the author was attempting to capitalize on the popularity of Fifty Shades by using the same storyline with only minor changes. I'm very disappointed I wasted the money on this one.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 02-21-17
    Simone 02-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Gave up after they ate live fish"

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

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 02-20-17
    Richard 02-20-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't waste your credits"

    This is drivel. It's a cheesy ripoff of a cheesy ripoff. Laughably lame.
    Save your credits.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 02-02-17
    Virginia 02-02-17 Member Since 2016

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "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.

    63 of 70 people found this review helpful
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    S.Edwards 01-27-17
    S.Edwards 01-27-17 Member Since 2012

    Bookworm

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    "A pleasant surprise"

    I've been struggling lately with books read by terrible narrators and or with a slow pace, dull premise, etc, etc. I was drawn to this one largely due to the fact t Emilia Fox was involved. And she, along with the other narrators made a very good job of reading this story. The comparisons to Gone Girl and Girl on a Train made me hesitant, as so many books are being compared to those two and are really very disappointing. I found that this book is comparable to them in certain ways of course and those drawn to those kinds of stories are more likely to like this one. Best, I think, to take this book on simply as a decent well performed psychological thriller. I enjoyed this book and it's ideas on control. Definitely left me thinking. I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed this book as much as I did and to have got through it so quickly.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Jefferson City, MO United States 02-02-17
    Chris Jefferson City, MO United States 02-02-17 Member Since 2015

    Book lover. love a great mystery or thriller. Currently a Warehouse Supervisor at Scholastic where we distribute books all over the world.

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    "Quit Comparing Everything to Girl On the Train/ Gone Girl"

    I don't understand all the hype associated with this novel. I hear a motion picture has already been optioned. Why?
    2 women separated by a small amount of time both were residents of 1 Folgate street. It is a house like no other but one of innovation and possibly the future of homes across the world. But first they have to sign their lives over in order to get this amazing house at an affordable price. Regardless of concerns both "then" Emma and "now" Jane sign and allow their lives to be on full display.
    You find out rather early what happened to "then" Emma. But as the story unraveled I can say honestly none of it was surprising. Even after the climax it ends with a dud.
    A warning to any animal lovers like myself you will find certain sections of this book disturbing.

    I am glad for the good listen guarantee as I will be taking advantage of this shortly after I have submitted this review.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 01-31-17
    Dana 01-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Bizarre, and erratic"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I looked forward to it coming out, but was disappointed. It was all over the place, and didn't really wow me. I was more just wondering why everyone in the book was totally nuts!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was just OK.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrators were great, no complaints there. Just the story was so strange and unbelievable.


    Was The Girl Before worth the listening time?

    I wish I hadn't wasted a credit :-(


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a clever twist, this is not it. I think the author TRIED to make it clever in a couple of places, but just made the characters look more and more psychotic. I can handle ONE character being mentally insane, but all of them? Too much.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Maura 01-26-17
    Maura 01-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "How is this a published book?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I put the time into the plot of this book- it was promising,promising a psychological thriller plus it dealt with technology which I find inherently interesting. It built and built.... and then it felt like all of the sudden I was listening to something written by a student at the last minute who had a due date. I cannot even wrap my head around the clumsiness of the ending. I simply can't imagine that this was originally the concept- it was so silly and sloppy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by JP Delaney again?

    Honestly? Probably. I would love to know what happened with this book. It was bizarre. I think that the author has talent...this book ended so sloppily and so poorly that I actually think this could be a derivation and not the norm.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I did like the narrators and thought they did a good job of differentiating between characters.


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    ann 01-26-17
    ann 01-26-17
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    "Just no. Attempt at GoneGirl and 50 Shades- failed"
    Any additional comments?

    Attempt merge Gone Girl and Fifty Shades of Grey that failed colossally - did not materialize into anything special or unique. Very predictable and left much to be desired. I was anxiously awaiting this book to come out but it was certainly a let down. I almost didn't finish it, I did so on principle as I spent a credit on it.

    27 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    MarisaReads 01-31-17
    MarisaReads 01-31-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Yes, worth the hype"

    Here is a book whose blurbs you can believe. I really liked it. Creepy, intense, interesting, and involving, I found myself engrossed in this book from start to finish. Worth the wait and worthy of its critical praise. Great psychological suspense and compiles mystery with plenty to keep the reader engaged and guessing! I highly recommend The Girl Before.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful

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