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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Girl Before by J P Delaney

Told in two time frames Emma and Jane both get the opportunity to live in an architectural masterpiece. There are restrictions and regulations and limitations galore and the selection procedure is relentless and ruthless. Both women consider themselves privileged to get the opportunity to
live there.

The house is in itself rather strange, rather peculiar. Very modern in concept and design it is considered secure and unable to be broken into. Everything is digitally controlled and seems almost antiseptic in its design - not just structure but even furniture and fittings.

What follows when living in the house forms the crux of the story and what happens to Emma is both twisted and macabre not the least to do with her own personality and the relationship which developed between the architect and herself. The repetition of the story with Jane draws parallels and you begin to wonder whether history is going to repeat itself.

Alternating between the two women, very soon you realise that this is not going to end well and it is that, that keeps the reader on edge.

I received the book from Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Quercus Books.


  1. It sounds like there's a lot of tension in this book!

  2. I kept eyeing this. It sounds rather creepy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. I've been back and forth about giving this book a shot. Sounds like a thrilling read. Great review! :)