Title: The Girl Before Author: J.P. Delaney Expected Publication: January 24th 2017 by Ballantine Books Format: eBook, Hardcover, 320 pages Genre: Psychological Thriller Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
The reader has to separate the truths and the lies. Truths are not fully true and the lies are not fully lies, and thus, the reader is brought into One Folgate Street, an experiment in living with all the warmth of a mausoleum, which in itself is another character in this book.
Edward Monkford, who is pathologically unable to cope with defiance or independence, is the designer of the home. After the deaths of his wife and son, he will only rent to a very select few. It is in this lengthy selection process, complete with pages of questions and dos and don’ts – about 200 stipulations in all, that he finds his version of perfection. Emma Matthews, having reported a brutal attack and in a precarious relationship with Simon moves in and this is where her dark tale is revealed. Within months, there is a death. Three years later, Jane Cavendish suffers the stillbirth of her daughter. She needs a fresh start – One Folgate Street is her answer.
This is a story of damaged people and how manipulation is the key, and the length, each is willing to go to for answers and redemption. There are times that you might have to put the book down and take a breath to reanalyze what you have just read, but that will not stop you from picking it right back up and diving into this twisted psychological thriller with both dread and anticipation.