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 "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
- ISBN-13: 9780735286535
- ISBN-10: 0735286531
- Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
- Publish Date: January 2017
- Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.48 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Jane Cavendish and Emma Williams, searching London for a cheap safe place to live, are entranced by what appears to be a bargain, a unique minimalist house automatically controlled by cutting-edge technology. Both are equally entranced by the houses architect, Edward Monkford, a darkly handsome control freak who demands that voluminous stipulations be met before he turns over the Fitbit-like wristband that automatically opens the front door. The first of many twists in this psychological thriller from Delaney is that, though both perspectives are written in the present tense, Emmas takes place in the past. Actors Fox (reading Janes sections) and Williams (reading Emmas sections) move the frequently shifting plot along at a swift clip, clearly distinguishing the differing emotions of the two main characters even as they go through their similar paces. The amazing automated house, almost as prominent as its inhabitants, does everything but speak. But while Fox and Williams are not called upon to give voice to the brick-and-mortar character, they are totally successful in capturing the atmosphere that the cold, indifferent, slightly terrifying building creates. A Ballantine hardcover. (Jan.)
Audio: Fatal attraction
John Lescroart hasn’t left San Francisco, but he’s giving a sabbatical to Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky, the stars of his long-running crime series. In his latest standalone thriller, Fatal, read by Jacques Roy, he pairs his trademark genres—police procedural and courtroom drama—in an intriguingly different way. Beth Tully, a homicide inspector for the SFPD, and the strikingly beautiful, happily married Kate Jameson have been very close since their college days. When Kate confides that she’s obsessed with a man named Peter, a lawyer she met at a dinner party given by her husband’s law partner, Beth pleads with her to let it go. She doesn’t. Six months later Peter’s body is found floating in the Bay with an obvious gunshot wound. It takes Beth, who lands the case, a while to sift through the suspects and connect the dots that may implicate her best friend in a murder. Then this whodunit tilts and twists in a swirl of moral ambiguity, the inevitably disturbing consequences of marital infidelity and the strong bonds of female friendship.
THEN AND NOW
Finding a decent, affordable place to live in London, like New York, is a Herculean task. When Emma and Simon hear that there’s an unusual, austerely elegant, super-high-tech house in their price range, they’re intrigued. So what if One Folgate Street comes with a weird, probing questionnaire, a long list of rules and an interview. Emma, who was brutally attacked during a recent burglary, is all for it, while Simon is not so gung-ho. Emma is the “girl” in JP Delaney’s debut thriller, The Girl Before, performed by Emilia Fox and Finty Williams. Her story intertwines with the life of Jane, who might be called “the girl after,” and she, too, has just had a personal tragedy. In increasingly chilling “now” and “then” chapters, both women fall for Edward Monkford, the owner, obsessive perfectionist and acclaimed architect of One Folgate Street. Are Jane and Emma reliable narrators? Or, since the title has “girl” in it, do we have to find the kernels of truth under elaborate and deliberate lies? That’s the psychological game here, and it’s a doozy.
TOP PICK IN AUDIO
Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics was a phenomenon, a rare bestseller in the serious science category. Now with Reality Is Not What It Seems, he’s done it again, giving us an elegantly written explication of the “enchanting” landscape of current thinking on the quantum nature of time and space and its antecedents. Yes, the subject is difficult and esoteric, and yes, you may not grasp all the concepts (I must admit to listening twice), but you won’t regret taking Rovelli’s invitation to follow this extraordinary intellectual journey. It starts with Democritus, who lived and wrote 26 centuries ago, the man who gave us an “immense vision”—a world made of atoms—“on which the knowledge of a civilization would later be built.” The journey continues with Lucretius, Galileo, Newton, Faraday and Einstein, of course, from classical physics to today’s research on quantum gravity. Rovelli’s enthusiasm, his excitement about discovering the true nature of things, is enhanced by Roy McMillan’s narration of this mind-expanding audio.