The Girl Before - J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before

By J.P. Delaney

  • Release Date: 2017-01-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 2,129 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, 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.


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.

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


  • Can’t put down

    By Que?!
    couldn’t put the book down ! Had to share it with many friends as a must read!
  • Enjoyable

    By peachysmart1
    I enjoyed reading this book! I was second guessing myself the entire time. The ending ended up being a little too anticlimactic for me, but I still enjoyed it.
  • Meh

    By NiicoleyOh
    The book was a quick read. I read it fast due to the other reviews, to be honest. They spoke of a HUGE plot twist. The twist was small and predictable. I’m upset I wasted my time reading this. It also couldn’t make up its mind between futuristic and 50 shades of grey and a crime novel. Weird.
  • wow wow wow !

    By jordan.schaper
    super amazing book. enjoyed very , in love with the ending !!
  • Fantastic read

    By Jybe1
    Completely obsessed. I couldn’t stop reading!

    By Bohman ;)
    It's gonna be hard to find a new book to read after this one!!!
  • It kept my interest.

    By Cut wood
    Very interesting. Though The Who done it was a little in satisfying.
  • The Girl Before

    By Skysreads
    This book was exhilarating and heartbreaking. It is written in such an intriguing way, it jumps back and forth and I couldn’t put it down. Amazing work.
  • Not worth the $$$

    By Palmettomom614
    It was terrible. Can’t believe the good reviews for this book. Save your money!
  • Easy Read

    By Leximo92
    A super easy to read book, but not the five star thriller that I was hoping for, with a somewhat weird ending. The book kind of started to remind me of 50 Shades and I really wasn't into it. The good thing is, it's strays away from The Girl on the Train and A Woman in the Window (so no alcoholic who can't remember a crime like all the other thrillers coming out). There aren't really any likable characters in this book except for Jane, but then towards the end, you kind of stop liking her too. There were a couple of twists that really surprised me and that's mostly what I look for in a thriller. Wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, but it was also easy to keep reading with spare time.