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The Girl Before (Hardcover)

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This was a great read that kept me guessing. There was something delicious about the 'unreliable narrator' angle and I'm not sure that I've ever read a mystery that so interweaves the idea of guilt and innocence with such complexity that the question itself becomes a tangled knot that isn't easy to ever untie--quite an achievement for a 'who-done-it' plot! I also loved how much the setting was its own character.

— S.M.C.

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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.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD
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.
EMMA
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.
JANE
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)

About the Author


The Girl Before is the first psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. It is being published in thirty-five countries. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425285046
ISBN-10: 0425285049
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: January 24th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English

 

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