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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

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

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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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.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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.

134 of 149 people found this review helpful

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Never do I want a fully automated home. Wow!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

incredible concept. At the beginning, it felt like they were competing for the house, but no the twist unveils. Then it unveils the darkness again. spellbinding. great juxtapositions
In the dark until the end. Not many books keep the ending secret for so long.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Emma was truly intriguing. How she manipulated and turn the details her way. fabulous voice changes.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In many moments, I was shocked, upset, calmed, and then shocked, upset and calmed again. fantastic unveiling of the details. very creative and fresh.

Any additional comments?

I actually had to sit in the parking lot at work and was late a couple times because I couldn't stop listening.

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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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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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It could have been great

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narration of this book was great, no complaints there. The story, however promising it could have been, was unrealistic and shallow. This book had the slowest build, and the fastest fall. The last 90 minutes of the book, seemed thrown together . I felt like the author was told, "you need more twists and turns", so they were thrown in at the last minute without any proper unraveling, which left you scratching your head.

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  • Chris
  • Jefferson City, MO United States
  • 02-02-17

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.

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Like someone tried to polish an old turd

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The narrarators tried their best and you have to give them credit- the story is absolute garbage. I hated each of the main characters almost as much as the last and was anticipating all of them to be murdered. Even that was a let down.

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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.

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Blech

1 Folgate Street is the stark contemporary, uber-specified house that brings together a string of really unhealthy people. In exchange for reduced rent, tenants must legally agree to abide by austere rules and living arrangements. These stipulations have been created by the world-renowned architect who designed and obsessed over the construction of the unusual creation -- and only he decides who will be granted a lease to live there. The author, Tony Strong (a.k.a. J.P. Delaney) could have had a good, thrilling theme to work with right there, but instead he created what seemed like endless sub-themes which delved into the dark corners of the female tenants minds and dysfunctional lives. Normally, that would be swell, but instead I found that the "insight" seemed to revel in rather perverted, unrelatable and insultingly stereotypical portraits of your usual, run-of-mill "messed up" women. Alarmed at what I was hearing, I actually googled the author and...well of course it was written by a man. But. Of. Course.

If you're a fan of "Fifty Shades of No Self-Respect" and enjoy a peek inside the minds of some seriously damaged women (and men - but mainly women), then this is the book for you. The author is certainly no Gillian Flynn. That is for sure.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful