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The Girl Before
The Girl Before: A Novel | JP Delaney
In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one womans seemingly good fortune, and another womans 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 intrusiveand 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 occupantand it does. JANE After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the spaceand to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the homes 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 cunninga pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.Lee Child Riveting! One of the most compelling page-turners Ive 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. Dont 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)
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candyturbo
Panpan

I got about half way through before I started to lose interest. It didn't grab my attention and have me turning pages for more which I know is what the author was going for. I finished it but I was as disappointed by the end as I was by the middle.

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Slajaunie
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Bailedbailed

I had to bail. The plot seemed to be solid but I could not take the vulgarity anymore. I am not interested in reading explicit sexual details. I want a book with a good plot, characters, and beautiful details. This book just did not measure up.

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Clwojick
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Pickpick

Yessss! This was fantastic on audiobook!

Andrew65 Good to know, thanks 😊 3w
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Clwojick
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3 hours and 1.5 audiobooks later I have 5 dozen crab rangoons 😍 I fried up 2 dozen so I can bring them to work tomorrow, and the rest are going in the freezer. So far this audiobook has me intrigued! 🤔

#SummersEndReadathon

Laughterhp Wow, great job! They look delicious! 3w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Those look amazing! ❤️ 3w
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GypsyKat Ohh yummm!!! 🤤🤤🤤 3w
Brithomas17 This look amazing! Yuuuummmmm! 3w
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karmenseeta

Perplexed about this book - it has a good pace & writing style but oh my, what a terrible set of unrealistic characters, not to mention a predictable & non-convincing story.

Anyone else read this? Would live to hear your thoughts.

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Pickpick

I‘ve been in a slight reading slump for awhile so I decided to switch up genres and I‘m so glad I did.

I couldn‘t put this book down. I had to find out what happened to Emma. I usually can figure out what happens early on in the book but this time I was surprised!

And I just found out Rob Howard is directing the movie. I can‘t wait to see it.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Leftcoastzen 😻 1mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

This is a really chilling psychological thriller. Imagine moving into the home of your dreams only to have it turn into the house of your nightmares. It was a quick read - a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

rather_be_reading this one has been on my list for a while 1mo
floorboard272 @rather_be_reading It‘s a good read. I think you‘d enjoy it! 1mo
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FireproofBunny

Love is always one sided

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FireproofBunny

The dead can seem impossibly perfect

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FireproofBunny

The only person you can really change is yourself

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FireproofBunny

Not all abuse if physical
The need for absolute control
Is another kind of Ill treatment

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FireproofBunny

I know that when I know more about the women he loves I‘ll understand him better

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FireproofBunny

Two damage people don‘t make a whole

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KristenDuck
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Pickpick

Would you live in a smart house if everything you did was monitored? And you were required to fill out frequent questionnaires? And you had 200 rules to follow?

Then: Emma. She decides after an upsetting break-in, this is just the house for her.

Now: Jane. After a devastating personal loss, Jane decides this house could be a new start.

Jane quickly becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to the girl who lived there before. Great ending!

TheSpineView That's an awesome step total! 2mo
Bookwormjillk Sounds creepy 2mo
KristenDuck @TheSpineView I usually have it slightly higher but it‘s just been so hot lately where I live!! I‘m lucky if I can walk. 2mo
KristenDuck @Bookwormjillk there were very stalker/creepy moments in it. 2mo
Kbates714 I enjoyed this book 2mo
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KristenDuck
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Not ready for the review yet because I am only halfway but I admit I am enjoying it so far!

I see the mixed reviews and my opinion could change, but so far, it is keeping my attention. I am definitely appreciating the author‘s full attention to detail regarding the two similar main characters...

Both given the chance, at different times, to live in an architect‘s “smart” house. As long as they follow his rules.

Jeannineth It‘s on my tbr for this month. 2mo
TheSpineView That's a lot of steps!👍 2mo
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Buechersuechtling
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Maybe today‘s newspaper 📰 supplement reminds me of my last book. 😄
The supplement is about a day that ordinary people offer other ordinary people insights and free entry into their own private houses/homes. Mainly because they – the houses – are architecturally special or remarkable or beautiful …

Seems, there were open doors all over the world, yesterday, doesn‘t it, @ReadingOverSleeping ❓😂

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Buechersuechtling
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😊 Which I never read. I‘m not even tempted to.

Just wanted to say that.

But James‘ books are one of those pop-cultural phenomena that end in everybody roughly knowing what it‘s all about – even if one wants to belong to the – small amount of – people that skip out on the hype. 🤷🏽‍♀️

TheEllieMo I read this a while ago and gave it a So-So rating, just had a look at my review on Goodreads to remind myself what I didn‘t like about it, and the main thing was “the author‘s main source of inspiration appears to have been Fifty Shades of Grey”.... (edited) 3mo
Buechersuechtling @TheEllieMo And we‘re not the only ones. I think @IamIamIam felt quite the same. But anyway, I‘m quite sure that after enough time has passed to make my impression of this one blur I would give his second book a try. 3mo
IamIamIam @Buechersuechtling I really don't do heavy sex scenes so it was almost an automatic bail for me! It's a fetish thing for sure but that's not my cup of tea. 3mo
Buechersuechtling @IamIamIam Didn‘t find the rough-sex-scenes too explicitly. So it was easy for me to think: “If she likes it. 🤷🏽‍♀️” 3mo
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Buechersuechtling
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Pickpick

Now I understand the mixed ratings.

Yeah, at times the book definitely feels like a mix of “Enemy in my Bed” and “50 Shades …” but it got me hooked from the very beginning and never let me go – until the end, that, the closer it came, more and more turned out to be a bit flat. Maybe too much a bit hasty turns in too few pages. 🤷🏽‍♀️

But overall I was highly engrossed and loved the combination of technical and lifestyle issues it dealt with.

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Buechersuechtling
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I feel it‘s by far better than any other similar novel I‘ve read in the last years.

Especially better than Dave Eggers‘ “The Circle”.

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Buechersuechtling
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This book is a bit like watching “Titanic”.
You _know_ how it all ends but you can‘t stop watching.

Same here. Almost from the very beginning I sense disaster in the “plotish air” but, yeah, you‘re right that, no, I can‘t put it down.

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Buechersuechtling
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Two perspectives. “Then: Emma”, where direct speech isn‘t separately marked but integrated in the text by commas, and “Now: Jane”, where direct speech is marked as usually.

I like the “Now”-chapters better because they offer orientation to my eyes while reading. It simply is more comfortable to not have to re-start every second paragraph because I only in the middle of the second line noticed someone is talking.

Curious for the sense of that.

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Buechersuechtling
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Yesterday‘s leftovers for today‘s brunch. 😍

If you wonder: It‘s seafood 🦞 salad. 🥗 🤤😋

All for strengthening and/or refreshing me for JP Delaney. 🙂

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Buechersuechtling
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I made my significant other pick my next read.

Me: “Pick a number from 1-5.”
Him: “4.”
Me: “Shelf or serving cabinet?”
Him: “😳 … Shelf.”
Me: “Counted from above or from the bottom up?”
Him: “🙄. 🙄. From above. – Are we done now? Will you decide at least _something_ yourself?”
Me: „No. 😉 Not in that respect. 😂.“

But Littens, didn‘t he make a great choice⁉️ Believe me, he‘s got talent. 😉

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Janeeny
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So excited to receive this today from NB magazine

RaimeyGallant Looks enticing! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4mo
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Bibliophilia
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Next up!

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Madison91
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Pickpick

I LOVE a good phycological thriller, and this to date is the only whodunnit that I‘ve picked!

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blondie
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I got this from the thrift store today. I went to another one and saw another book I wanted, but I had to remind myself of all of the books I already have. This will hopefully be more of a catch up year than book buying year.

RadicalReader @blondie I immensely enjoyed this incredible book couldn‘t read through the chapters fast enough and finding a place to stop never seemed to cross my mind because the book was that incredible 7mo
blondie @RadicalReader I'm so excited for this one. I don't entirely remember what it's supposed to be about, but doesn't it involve an agoraphobic character? I might be thinking about the wrong book, but that's what drew me to it since I also suffer with agoraphobia. 7mo
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rather_be_reading
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My rainy day book haul ☔

RadicalReader @rather_be_reading nothing bette to enjoy on a rainy day than billions of beautiful books 7mo
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bpawson
The Girl Before | J.P. Delaney
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Pickpick

Loved it!! Emma was reeling from a break in at her boyfriends apartment, and looks for a safe haven. She thinks she finds the perfect place.
Jane is reeling from the loss of her perfect baby girl, and wants to find a place to start again. Both stories entwine around Edward, a control freak with a lot of mess going on in his head!
This is a great book, dare I say the ending is a bit of a let down. Still glad I read it though!

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bpawson
The Girl Before | J.P. Delaney
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Just about to start this book. Me & my mum pass books on to each other. This one came with a warning from my mum that it contains rude bits!!! I'm 41 years old!!! 😂

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IndoorDame
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Panpan

This thriller had a distinct premise that lured me in, but went on to tackle a trifecta of difficult themes, and was not quite adroit enough to pull it off. I was left slightly uncomfortable at times, and slightly underwhelmed at others.

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SailorJohn
Pickpick

A good thriller. The characters feel real. Even the house does!! You will enjoy

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Buechersuechtling
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Apropos „Lesestoff“:

Ich hab ja noch gar nicht rumgezeigt (früher hätte man gesagt „damit angegeben“ ☺️), was der Mann meines Vertrauens mir vor Reiseantritt noch gekauft hat.

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SailorJohn
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Pickpick

Kept me engaged throughout. I could not guess the villain. You will enjoy

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K__doug
Mehso-so

Not really sure how I felt about this. It was good. Worth reading for sure. But I agree with another review I read, in glad I rented it and didn‘t buy it. The ending wasnt hugely satisfying and I felt like there were several questions I never got answered.

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azulaco
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Yayyyy for my library allowing me to renew this e-book! Now I don‘t have to wait an indeterminate amount of time to get it back and find out what happens! I‘m getting more and more drawn in as it goes along, but life has gotten in the way of finishing it quickly. It‘s an interesting premise. The creepy factor just keeps building...well done, author!

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Theshadedbuffalo
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@Kappadeemom thanks so much for my #fallingforfallswap goodies! Sorry I‘m late in posting; had a family emergency! I‘m so excited to try that streusel mix and these little sweater pumpkin salt/pepper shakers are just the cutest things!! Thank you! #fffs

Kappadeemom You are welcome! Hope your family emergency wasn‘t too bad 🙁 12mo
Theshadedbuffalo @Kappadeemom my mom had to get a hysterectomy, so I went out to stay with her in the hospital and for a few days to help with recovery. ❤️❤️ I‘m excited to get back to my schedule and reading! 12mo
Avanders 🎃🎉🎃🎉🎃 12mo
tracey38 Hope your mom is ok! 12mo
ferskner I hope your mom is doing well! I know how that goes so she's in my thoughts. 12mo
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Betty
Girl Before | J P Delaney
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Pickpick

Minimalism is the catch-word of the day, encouraging people to live with fewer material possessions. A house in this book is one of the main characters and fits the minimalist key!
Could you live here? I couldn't. And at the end, I went "a-ha" when I learned who actually was The Girl Before. Cleverly played, JP Delaney!

Book one of #bookaweek finished.

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bexhodge94
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Wasn‘t sure at first about this. It flies back and forward between two characters and is very confusing until the plot is revealed. Once the revelation comes, you get hooked on the story. Although I‘m only 39% of the way through at the minute, I‘m totally hooked and can‘t wait to see where this goes. I have a feeling it‘s going the total opposite of what I imagine. #anotherfabulousbook

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Mrsjarv
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Everything that‘s yours was once hers!

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bexhodge94
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Next book. Just started reading it in the bath before and the opening chapters seem good so far. Going to chill now before supper and read a little bit more. ✌🏻✌🏻

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Tash5
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Mehso-so

This book was just okay. I found it difficult to get into and hard to relate to the characters.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 14mo
RaimeyGallant Good to know! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 14mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊👋🏻🌸 14mo
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Tash5 Thank you @rather_be_reading @RaimeyGallant @Eggs very excited to join the Litsy club! 14mo
Purrfectpages Welcome to Litsy! 13mo
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artkavanagh
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I read some unfavourable reviews of this, ones which made me think it was probably not my thing. But it‘s €0.99 on iBooks at the moment, so I downloaded the sample extract just to see … and I think I‘m hooked. (I like the idea of “a terrifyingly minimalist space”.)

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AWildMandaPanda
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So this is off to an intriguing start :p #jpdelaney #thriller #bibliophile #bookchallenge

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BookishGirl06
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#junewrapup #junestats #readingresolutions

11 books
3 physical books and 8 ebooks
3 Adult fiction and 8 ya/children
2,192 pages read total including ebooks ofc
Best book of the month: the girl before
I probably should have cut back on all the BSC books this month lol

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BookishGirl06
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Mehso-so

It was ok. I liked the dual perspectives and the idea. The mystery was interesting, and the ending took an unexpected turn.

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nhenisse

Loving The Girl Before so far.

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BookishGirl06
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What I‘m currently reading alongside a few other things and has #wordgirlintitle #readingwomenmonth