The Girl Before

The Girl Before

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Emma Matthews and then Jane Cavendish take up residence at One Folgate Street in London. The house, a masterpiece of minimalist architecture designed by the enigmatic Edward Monkford, is let only to tenants willing to abide by his stringent rules, which reduce life to its basics. This setup appeals to people looking for order, like Emma, who’s trying to recover from a brutal attack that’s hastening the end of her relationship with a man who adores her. Later, it is Jane, grief-stricken by the stillbirth of her daughter, who seeks asylum within One Folgate’s walls. Both find themselves drawn to the house’s creator and its tragic history. Were the deaths of Edward’s family members accidental? Or were they murdered for not conforming to Edward’s obsessive need for order?
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Doubleday Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780385686914
0385686919
Branch Call Number: F DEL NVD
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm

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Emma Matthews and then Jane Cavendish take up residence at One Folgate Street in London. The house, a masterpiece of minimalist architecture designed by the enigmatic Edward Monkford, is let only to tenants willing to abide by his stringent rules, which reduce life to its basics. This setup appea... Read More »


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matcat44
Nov 04, 2017

How anyone could consider this good is beyond me. Pretentious and boring.

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jjpaige
Sep 26, 2017

Misogynistic crap. Predictable.

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LindaChesnut
Sep 05, 2017

Not worth it - boring!

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maggiepcurtis
Sep 04, 2017

A good read. Two separate yet connected stories. Good plot twists and keeps you guessing.

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htliang
Aug 27, 2017

This is a fast-faced and riveting psychological thriller. Smoothly moving from Emma's past to Jane's present, the author captures the reader with increasing suspense and surprising twists & turns.

JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a writer who has previously published best-selling novels under another name; supposedly, Tony Strong. "The Girl Before" is to be made into a film soon (directed by Ron Howard).

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KatG613
Aug 23, 2017

The Girl Before is fast paced thriller, told from alternating perspectives of 2 women who occupy the same residence years apart. There was a creepiness to the story that had me double checking all the closets in my apartment before bed. Parts of the story are given to the reader in bursts and spurts, and some threads are never truly explained - however I don't feel like that detracted from the overall plot itself. An internet search shows that the movie rights have been sold and Ron Howard is set to direct. It'll make a good movie, with plenty of suspense and mystery.

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LexiLou2
Aug 14, 2017

Initially I was hooked by the intriguing details, but it did not take long for the redundant and overt sexual content to really put me off. I don't know how it ends, and I actually do not care.

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LizzieCent
Aug 10, 2017

Maybe it will make a better movie than a book. Tried to have a mysterious, twisty ending but didn't succeed. Tiresome and took too long to get to the end.

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Beverleigh
Aug 03, 2017

Read the reviews and tried to get into this. Totally boring. I read for 5 chapters and gave up.

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mztory
Jul 28, 2017

This is a book I could not put down once I started it. I really enjoyed it more than 'Gone Girl' or 'Girl On A Train'. It was much better than either of those and scarier.

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