“The Girl Before” by JP Delaney is a newish book on the market and I couldn’t wait to get my grubby little paws on it. Sounded eerie and with the twists I usually like.
Did I like it? You betcha.
This book is certainly one for the adults. Lots of adult themes but if you like psychological thrillers, then this is the book for you (if you don’t then you’ll hate this one). It’s a page turner.
It’s about two young women, Jane and Emma, and their stories are separate but overlap. Their stories are told by each woman, in alternating chapters. Jane and Emma’s stories were years apart.
The common factor in each story is that they both take part in the same house, One Folgate Street. It is an amazing house, designed and owned by the enigmatic architect, Edward. Edward has a massive list of rules any tennant must abide by in order to rent this house from him. This makes him more intriguing.
Jane is accepted as the new tennant. She is needing a new start in her life and this place could give her exactly what she wants. Before long, she learns that Emma, a previous tennant, died a mysterious death in the house. The more Jane delves into Emma’s story, the more she begins to wonder if her own life is running a strikingly similar course.
“The Girl Before” has many twists as Jane and Emma’s lives become strangely tangled together.
As I read this book, I came up with my own theories (was I “team Edward?”) and tried to solve it, but I didn’t get it right. It twisted and turned and I just had to keep reading to find out the next bit.
The bits that annoyed me
Yes, there were some things that annoyed me about this book. The chapters about Jane use quotation marks when someone is speaking, but the ones about Emma leave out the quotation marks completely and the words like he said were there, but no punctuation to clarify it. This really messed with my head because in the Emma chapters, it sometimes wasn’t clear if someone actually said something or if it was information only for the reader. Also, sometimes instead of writing “Yes please,” I say, JP Delaney writes “Yes please,” I go. Wow. Next there will be books who use: I was like “Yes please”. Annoying. Thankfully this book doesn’t take it that far. Still, if you are an English teacher, beware!
I eventually managed to set those annoying things aside and I really enjoyed this book. Similar to “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn and “Girl on a Train”. I hope this will become a movie. I’d love to see it! The book will still be better than the movie, I’m sure!
Let me know if you read this one, and what you think about it.