The Girl Before - J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before

By J.P. Delaney

  • Release Date: 2017-01-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 213 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.


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.

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.

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.

Praise for The Girl Before

“Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.”—Lee Child

“Riveting! One of the most compelling page-turners I’ve read in years. Twisty, turny, and with an ending not to be missed!”—Lisa Gardner

The Girl Before is a cat-and-mouse game that toys with our expectations and twists our sympathies. At times almost unbearably suspenseful, it keeps us guessing from the first page to the very last. Don’t miss it.”—Joseph Finder

“Riveting . . . Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters’ secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed.”Publishers Weekly

“Superior psychological suspense . . . a cleverly constructed thriller.”The Bookseller

“A masterfully crafted spellbinder . . . guaranteed to astonish.”Booklist (starred review)


  • The Girl Before

    By Lnrod
    Incredible!! Finished in two days. Hated to see it end.
  • Blah

    By BirdieBecks
    Seriously, this felt like a huge waste of time. I only finished it because I didn't want to waste my money. It's a quick read only because you want to get to the end and out of your misery, not because it's a fantastic page turner. Thumbs down!
  • Amazing

    By KRHSissy
    Wonderful thriller from beginning to end!!! Could. It put it down!!!
  • Finished it in two days

    By Corjae
    Great book
  • Wait till Hellen comes

    By Just.madiiii
  • Read it in 1 day

    By Keangel15
    Soo many twist and turns I was hooked till the end
  • Could not put it down!

    By Daphne838
    Awesome read! Finished in less than 24 hours! Could not put it down!
  • Not good

    By Mcguirebear
    Stupid sick book
  • The Girl Before

    By Artymusician
    I had to finish this book in one sitting, and kept making comparisons to several other books and movies --50 Shades, Circle, Sleeping with the Enemy, Behind Closed Doors, Couple Next Door, but it kept me guessing with a list of suspects growing. Emma, Saul, Simon, Edward, and Jane were all a little off -- and not very likable, despite Jane's good maternal instincts. Who looks at a man and decides he'll provide the perfect genes for her next baby? Who provides her pictures on a housing application!! Just not very believable. Would not want to be friends with any of the characters as they were weird and manipulative and controlling! The therapist seemed the only believable character, but wouldn't trust her either since she obviously missed pathological lying despite her EMDR attempt with a seriously messed up client. For college educated women, these characters seemed dumb. It held my attention with surprising twists and turns but left me with many unanswered questions and a desire to rewrite the ending tying up loose ends.
  • Nothing great

    By Dale18wed
    Started out good but got boring.
  • Can't put it down!

    By ksray3
    Don't pick this up if you have plans for the day because you will not be able to put it down!!! It's a true page turner, can't put it down, I need five more minutes kind of book.
  • Couldn't put it down

    By SleepyRN511
    I couldn't put this book down! Reminded me a lot of The Girl on the Train. Good twists and turns.
  • Just too sinister, not a thriller

    By SF girl fan
    This plot is not in any way a "good read". It is creepy without context, sinister without balance and just plain awful. Just written to tag behind better written "girl" books. ICK!