The Girl Before by JP Delaney
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Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection… but can you pay the price?
Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in an ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a list of exacting rules. But when she discovers the previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there, Jane starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.
I loved this book! This is not the kind of story that I pick up often, but I devoured it. It is an intense thriller, very poignant and I was hooked within the first chapters.
The book is written in an interesting way: one chapter will be told from the point of view of Jane, the current tenant of One Folgate Street; while every other chapter is told from the point of view of Emma, the previous tenant, so the book is constantly oscillating between both timelines. We follow both Emma and Jane’s story from when they move into the house to Emma’s death, and we get to see the differences and similarities between both girls and also watch as some patterns start to re-occur in Jane’s life.
I really liked the way the chapters are separated. Even though it can get confusing (especially since the girls’ lives are so similar, it’s easy to forget which storyline you are on), I do love when authors play around with the conventions of literature and dare do something different.
I will say that I thought the story got a bit flat towards the middle of the book and I lost interest for a couple of chapters, but the pace picked up again by the second half of the book.
All in all, it was a great read! Very easy to read, and if you are a fan of thrillers (especially psychological ones) then you are in for a treat! Highly recommend it.