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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.
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.
Advance 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)
From our buyer, Margaret Terwey: "Some readers are looking for another Girl-titled psychological suspense novel, and some readers have moved on. Whichever group you're in, you have to read The Girl Before. A control-freak architect, a high-tech townhouse with an app called "Housekeeper" that maintains control of the home, a few mysterious deaths, and a new tenant seeking asylum from her past combine to create a page-turner you'll want to read in one sitting. Ron Howard already has plans to bring The Girl Before to the big screen, and the publisher created a website where you can check out the house and the rules you have to follow to live there: www.onefolgatestreet.com."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-24
- Reviewer: Staff
In the pseudonymous Delaneys riveting psychological thriller, first Emma Matthews and then Jane Cavendish take up residence at One Folgate Street in London. The house, a masterpiece of minimalist architecture designed by the enigmatic Edward Monkford, is let only to tenants willing to abide by his stringent rules, which reduce life to its basics. This setup appeals to people looking for order, like Emma, whos trying to recover from a brutal attack thats hastening the end of her relationship with a man who adores her. Later, it is Jane, grief-stricken by the stillbirth of her daughter, who seeks asylum within One Folgates walls. Both find themselves drawn to the houses creator and its tragic history. Were the deaths of Edwards family members accidental? Or were they murdered for not conforming to Edwards obsessive need for order? Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed. That Emma and Jane act in often foolhardy ways hasnt prevented rights sales in more than 30 markets and movie rights to Universal with Ron Howard directing. Agent: Caradoc King, United Artists (U.K.). (Jan.)