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: 9781400026876
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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Gulkh
Jun 21, 2018

I was super excited to read this. The story started off well, two characters at different phases of life. Throw in the enigmatic landlord and a stunning eerie house and you have a winner,right? But the deeper you delve into the story, the more predictable it gets. I think the author read fifty shades of grey and gone girl and decided to put out a combination of these books.

It doesn't really work, nothing grabs you and by the end the plot is flimsy and see through.

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natcin7
Jun 20, 2018

March 26 2017
Although there are two narrators who describe the events in alternating chapters, their voices are indistinguishable, one from the other. Is it Jane or is it Emma who is talking? The reader has to check the chapter heading to know for sure. Both women are caught up in a lurid and sensational mystery that propels the reader from one page to the next. It is suspenseful, but the explicit sexual encounters are gratuitous. This is not good literature. I would rate it 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. NC

movieangel May 17, 2018

Two stories centered around this house and its architect made for some interesting drama and narrative style in this book. While it certainly kept me reading, I felt like the reveals near the end was predictable and found it difficult to connect to any of the flawed characters.

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brooklynheart5
Apr 30, 2018

Interesting book and a compelling read. Had me hooked.Enjoyed it.

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mimihardy
Apr 09, 2018

Lots of sex, mysterious deaths, really boring. Gave up after a few chapters.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 27, 2018

Would you take a great deal on an architectural gem of an apartment if there were strange and disquieting strings attached to the deal?

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TaniaDunne
Feb 18, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others if you liked the girl on the train!!

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CabiriCat
Feb 02, 2018

I actually really enjoyed this book and found it a compelling read...and this isn't really my preferred genre. (maybe that's why?) It was an eerie, interesting plot, without going too far down the road of gore. And I felt the book did a good job with it's ending.

This book is similar in vain to the "Girl on Train" which I found very compelling, albeit a little dark. And I preferred it to "The Woman in Cabin 10."

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Newmommy09
Jan 10, 2018

Dull writing, boring premise. I got through 30 pages and gave up. Pretentious and unappealing.

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nbaquino
Dec 28, 2017

Unique writing style, even the font looks different. Turns out the typeface is called Sabon by a German typographer. *Spoiler alert: the title is not who you think the book is about - surprising twist. Will surely check out JP Delaney's other books. Apparently it is a pseudonym of a famous writer. I wonder who?!

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