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The Girl Before Audiobook

The Girl Before

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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Time best-seller.

The New York Times best-seller.

The Radio 2 Book Club Choice - February 2017

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection...but can you pay the price?

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules.

After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

Following in the footsteps of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, The Girl Before is being brought to the big screen. The film is set to be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.

©2017 JP Delaney (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The tension is built up subtly, leading to a devastating climax. A really clever thriller... [the film] will no doubt become the third big 'Girl' film." (Daily Mail)
"I was instantly gripped and held captivated by the pace and elegant writing. I devoured it in two straight sittings." (Peter James)
"A deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successes." (Daily Express)
"Original and entertaining." (The Times)
"A guaranteed best-seller." (Red Magazine)

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    "Loved it loved loved it"

    I was in from the first few sentences. I couldn't put it down. I kept thinking I knew how the story would play out, but I kept being wrong. I highly recommend it, but not for a week long holiday - I finished it in 2 days!!

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    5/3/17
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    "Gripping thriller"

    The dual time-line for the book was well-crafted, building the past and current characters in real time as each sub-plot progressed. Rather than being confusing (as I initially thought it might be) it served to implant the story firmly without the need to back-track. This makes the book flow really well. The characters were all believable giving validity to the twisting plot line. I had my own theory of who the antagonist might be from the mid-point of the book, but was surprised, but not disappointed to be proved wrong at the end. All loose ends are neatly tied at the conclusion, some of which, I personally would have liked left to flail in my imagination. The narration was excellent, transforming the travel time to Wales and back from tedium to excitement.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/21/17
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    "Pretty good!"

    I read a review before choosing this book that referred to it as 50 shades meets the girl on the train and thought it was strange but it's actually a pretty good way to sum it up. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, certainly different to anything I have read before and kept me wanting to find out what was going on. A few surprises along the way and I think it's a book I'll remember for some time due to the strange events and characters.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sararara
    1/29/17
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    "50 Shades of Girl on a Train"

    Imagine Hitchcock's Vertigo, sexed up and then described by some very unreliable narrators then you've got The Girl Before.
    Not a bad book - in fact it's quite an an addictive page turner - I liked the (somewhat glamourised) architectural context and the deliberate repetitive scenarios, but all too 50 Shades in the sexy alpha male depiction (and husky female narrators).
    Talking of which, I found the two female narrators almost impossible to distinguish between which did become confusing - the book is probably clearer.

    34 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    5/4/17
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    "Edge of my seat!"

    Excellent read, twists and turns all the way through.
    Great narration by all readers.
    Definitely recommend.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Sian E. Rault
    UK
    5/3/17
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    "fascinating"

    Loved it, male voice poses impossible questions for me to answer. The allure of difficult men.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Z. OConnor
    Ireland
    4/30/17
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    "Very enjoyable thriller"

    Only quibble is Emilia Fox's habit of putting on a surly deep voice and/or mockney accent for every male character. Very distracting!! I thought Finty Williams was perfect!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    5/2/17
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    "Good mystery"

    Very intriguing from the start. An interesting situation and good twists and turns throughout. Would recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • nic107
    4/21/17
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    "Absolute rubbish"

    Terrible weak plot. Nothing wrong with the writing style but oh my word what a stupid story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Linn
    London, London, United Kingdom
    1/30/17
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    "Gripping to the very end!"

    This book was so addictive I literally kept reading anywhere. I loved the comparisons of Emma's past and Jane's present. Good narrators that where familiar except the Norwegian one who also had a sweet voice and an almost British accent. Ps I'm Norwegian too so I was dreading something too Scandi. The book is a great mix between a thriller and a ghost story.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra Lowe
    1/29/17
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    "Gripping"

    From the beginning this book grips you. Just when you have think you have it figured there is another twist. Finished it in 24 hours as couldn't stop listening.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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