Book Review: The girl before, by JP Delaney

Book Review: The girl before, by Anthony Capella
Book Review: The girl before, by JP Delaney

The girl before is a psychological thriller/mystery that is getting more and more popular. The tagline on the UK edition grabbed my attention. “Everything that’s yours was once hers”. Honestly, I think that the tagline on US edition is even more intriguing “Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life”.

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

One Folgate Street is a house in London full with high tech gadgets. It seems like a home from the future. If you want to live there you don’t have to just pay the rent every month but you must live according to the rules. The rules are invented by the owner of the house who is also the architecture of it. He is the one choosing the tenants. There is long application process in which all applicants must apply with pictures of themselves, to answer a lot of questions along with being personally interviewed by the owner.

Jane is the one who has the opportunity to live in One Folgate Street after successfully passing the whole process of renting the house. She needs a new beginning in her life and living in this beautiful ultra-minimalist house is her chance for a bright future. But is it the right choice for her?

Book Review: The girl before, by Anthony Capella
Book Review: The girl before, by JP Dellaney

Not long after moving in, Jane found out that the previous tenant of the house, a women called Emma, found her tragic death there. Being suspicious about the accident Jane decided to make her own investigation on the case, but what she discovered made her even more afraid for her own life.

The book captured my attention from the beginning and I couldn’t just leave it before finishing it. There are many unexpected twists and till the very last page I had no idea what was going to happen and who is responsible for the murder.

I have to admit that I definitely didn’t like certain parts of the books. I’m talking about the one with sexual deviance, but it’s just my opinion.

There will be a movie adaptation of the thriller as Universal bought the movie rights to The girl before. It will be an intense movie but we will find out more next year probably.

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