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 898 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


  • You won't want to put this down!

    By Bbbbbbbygggggggggy
    This book is so amazing and addicting. You have to keep reading to see what the hell is going on with this crazy house and all the people linked into the story! I recommend this to anyone who loves thriller mystery books
  • The Girl Before

    By Onioneye
    Wonderful, refreshing read. Great story to the ver end. Can't wait to read more.
  • Couldn't stop!

    By Pete Mandell
    Read this book in about 24 hours and I loved every page!
  • Terrific Psychological Thriller

    By MygiftsA&L
    If you want a book that has great characters, suspense, and one that will keep you guessing until the very end, this book is definitely for you! This is a must read if you like psychological thrillers! I can't wait for this author to write another attention grabbing book like this! Fantastic!
  • Such a disappointment:(

    By npe214
    It is advertised as being an engaging title similar to Gone Girl or Girl on the Train.... NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. :( disappointing to say the least. Plot was soft and the characters are so blah.... not worth your money.
  • Thrilling book

    By Ggcxybvddguusdvh
    Great, intense suspenseful book. Keeps your mind wondering and thinking throughout the entire book. Jaw dropping, can't put it down kinda book. Loved it. Lots of twists and turns. Best book I read in a long while. Definitely recommend.
  • Confused Nonsense

    By Caddobill
    I never figured out what the author was doing the whole book. I'm sorry, but I cannot recommend this book.
  • Awesome

    By Melis196
    This book is a real page turner. If you like suspense, make this your next Sunday read.
  • v good

    By Gabriea
    I want to give it five stars but I can't, the idea and way the book was written was pristine but it took 200 pages for something exciting to happen. I would recommend
  • Terrible Ending

    By Ehaasl
    The book was a page turner! I couldn't wait to see what would happen on the next page. Finally, it wrapped up and the bad guy was taken down and all was good. Then the author decided to tack on six extra pages of garbage in what seemed like an attempt to terribly entice you to read a possible sequel. If a sequel happens, I'll pass. Poor ending!
  • Don't waste your time or money

    By Joki79
    This book is a pitiful attempt for something similar to Girl on the Train or Gone Girl. I agree it does have many twists and turns but all of which leave nothing but loose ends. There's really no plot and nothing ever comes together in the end. For me I had to force myself to finish it, definitely wouldn't recommend it at all. Don't waste your time and money on this one.
  • The girl before

    By TreJer
    Great book, but the ending would've been so much more thrilling if Jane was showing her house with Toby in tow ;)
  • Vulgar and unsettling

    By Deannap1205
    I never write reviews and don't love the idea of bashing someone's hard work but this is the first book I have ever returned . It started so promising but unraveled into total needless filth that made me uncomfortable to read.
  • Intriguing!

    By RahabsDaughter
    Double play on psychosis. Delaney can't hide identity behind absolute craftsmanship. Superb read. A total page turner.
  • Over 400 reviews 4+ stars but I can't read them??!

    By mistyinca
    Why is the link to read reviews disabled? 1 star for that. Weird.
  • Interesting story ruined by raunchy material

    By Holabacho
    I originally loved this book - at least until the author chose to put random sex stuff throughout the book just for shock value. Is this book really well written? No. Is is shocking and addicting? Maybe. I honestly feel the author should rely more on talent then this low ball crude material. Seriously, it felt so forced and odd. Not for kids for sure.
  • Different

    By Courtney from Concord,NC
    I found this novel GREAT. I tend to enjoy the typical thriller book, quick to read, and with a twist. This satisfied all my requirements! Had a nice twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. Plus, the setting for this was very unique and creative, in my opinion.
  • fantastic psychological thriller BUT… bizarre sex

    By Zoe @ Blessed and Bewildered
    The Girl Before is a mind-blowing psychological thriller of the strangest and eeriest proportions. A thriller where architecture, asceticism, minimalism (that puts Marie Kondo to shame), murder, and twisted romance vie for attention. A narrative that is shared by two residents of Edward Monkford’s controversial architectural masterpiece; one past resident and one present… one dead resident and one living… two intertwined and sometimes unreliable narratives that ramp up the suspense. As a psychological thriller, I love The Girl Before. I dropped my rating from 4 stars to 3 due to the fact that the romance between the two women (at different times) with Edward Monkford is so twisted and dark. It is the “modern” thing to do but as a Christian, I was turned off by it. I finished the story because I really wanted to know the ending as I was pulled whole-heartedly into the mystery. I recommend that The Girl Before only be read by adults. Those of you adults who love a good psychological thriller and are willing to deal with the bizarre sex will likely love it. As a reviewer for NetGalley, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher. Review by Zoe at the blessed and bewildered blog (find all of my reviews by searching for blessedandbewildered)
  • Disappointed

    By DEM39
    The book stars with a great premise and draws you in, but midway through it gets tedious. By the end, I was like WTH?
  • Can't wait for the movie

    By Librablue
    The book was Very suspenseful!! It kept my interest throughout the whole book.
  • Great read

    By Tanda1108
    Honestly, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended it!!
  • At times a roller coaster

    By Amigo73
    At times predictable. If one can overlook the holes in the technology it's not a bad read. If one can overlook the holes on the psychology it's better.
  • Didn't really enjoy like others reviewers

    By Tgidra
    I finished this book because I had to see if it got better. Many reviewers gave it high ratings, I would beg to differ. It was a compilation of recent best sellers, at best. I got super annoyed that the character Emma's chapters always had " Simon states" or " I say" it was hard to distinguish dialogue from other content. I would save your money.
  • The Girl Before

    By Jwalczuk
    Boooooooring! Really wish I hadn't bought it.
  • Girl before

    By vmb2025
    I thought it was good. A lot of suspects so it wasn't easy to figure out. Made me think about minimalism and what's required in one's life.
  • Couldn't put it down

    By Nina0915
    Definitely a page turner. So many unexpected events it keeps you wanting to read more! Totally worth it. I can't wait for the movie that follows.
  • 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
  • Not good

    By Mcguirebear
    Stupid sick book
  • Could not put it down!

    By Daphne838
    Awesome read! Finished in less than 24 hours! Could not put it down!
  • Read it in 1 day

    By Keangel15
    Soo many twist and turns I was hooked till the end
  • 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.