The Girl Before - J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before

By J.P. Delaney

  • Release Date: 2017-01-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,241 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

The Girl Before generates a fast pace. . . . [J. P.] Delaney intersperses ethics questions on stand-alone pages throughout the book. . . . The single most ingenious touch is that we’re not provided either woman’s answers.”—The New York Times

“J. P. Delaney builds the suspense.”Vanity Fair

“Immediate guarantee: You will not be able to put this book down. . . . Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will realize that there’s not only more where that came from, but it’s also more thrilling.”American Booksellers Association

“This is going to be the buzziest book of 2017. We may only be a few weeks into 2017, but we’re calling it early: This year, The Girl Before will be that book. The upcoming novel by author J. P. Delaney has all of the makings of a sexy murder mystery that is sure to hit the bestseller chart, and it already has the movie deal to prove it.”InStyle

“Delaney has created a genuinely eerie, fascinating setting in One Folgate Street. . . . The novel’s structure, volleying back and forth as first Emma and then Jane begin to question their improbable luck, is beautifully handled. The pages fly.”USA Today

“The house has a dark past and a landlord that’s anything but welcoming.”New York Post, one of the must-read books of the week

The Girl Before is deservedly anointed the ‘top girl’ of this season’s suspense novels.”The Washington Post

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


  • Kept me on the edge!

    By Patsy82
    Great book that kept me guessing till the last page, usually when I read mysteries I guess the story plots ending in the first few chapters but this time I never saw the ending till it unfolded.. I also Loved how the book told two separate stories with two characters but both characters stories were tangled together, I only wish that the ending had been more clear cut because I never like to be left hanging to guess how things turn out..
  • Jane's ending ruined it for me

    By Love.a.goodread
    The book was SO GOOD until all of a sudden it wasn't. I got to the point where I couldn't put it down and HAD to keep going until Jane's last couple of chapters. It's unfortunate but the ending made me feel like it was a waste of time, corny, and not very insightful of the character's future. Disappointing end.
  • Antic-climatic and unoriginal

    By iRevolution2
    Yes, I couldn't put it down but I skimmed it as fast as I could to see what happened and then regretted it when I got to the end. Agree with the last reviewer - don't waste your money or time
  • Captivating Parallel Plot Structure

    By W10M
    This book has an Incredible woven plot and interesting, surprising characters. The only downside was the style of the writing. Written from a 1st person perspective (which did work well), I couldn't get over the "he goes..." and "she's like..." to report speech.
  • Too good

    By traveljunkie301
    Incredibly written, captivating. Better than most of the so-called bestsellers.
  • The Girl Before

    By Tmski1
    Could not put this book down!!
  • The Girl Before

    By Lipo Queen
    This book is so brilliant on so many levels. At first I thought it was going to be predictable but then I realized--as JP Delaney said in an interview--it's a story that's been told before, but we want to see if the second character is going to fall into the trap that the first girl did. I wanted to know what was going to happen but I didn't want it to end. SPOILER ALERT!!!! This is the first thriller I've ever read that I couldn't shake--because the bittersweet ending just broke my heart. I was very upset for Jane that the baby turned out to have Down syndrome after all, even though I know it had to be that way--otherwise the whole story would all have been too neatly tied up in a bow. Having grown up in a family with a disabled child who is no longer with us, it just really strikes a chord with me. I love how Jane's decision is just such a real situation--how when faced with certain realities everything changes--how initially on paper a decision to have an abortion may seem straightforward, but as Jane says when she meets Toby, how she can't imagine not letting this beautiful life be lived, that he is beautiful. And the way she imagines sitting down with him in a few years and telling him about Isabel, who turns out to be the real "Girl Before."
  • Absolutely spectacular.

    By Hrod824
    Cannot be put down!!
  • Idk.....

    By hopein
    Parts were riveting. But the end felt contrived. An ending for the sake of an ending that pushed the boundaries without fully explaining the motivation behind the characters actions. The Twist weren't connected to one another in any sensible ways. However the good parts were really solid. Interested to see how the movie deals with these inconsistencies.
  • No

    By Jaclyn12345678
    I didn't like this book at all. The language was immaturely written and it jumped around too much with not enough detail. The story went like this "I said and then he said and she was like and then I said and he said and she said then I said........" I think you get it