The Girl Before - J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before

By J.P. Delaney

  • Release Date: 2017-01-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 898 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, 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

“This is going to be the buzziest book of 2017. We may only be a few weeks into 2017, but we’re calling it early: This year, The Girl Before will be that book. The upcoming novel by author J. P. Delaney has all of the makings of a sexy murder mystery that is sure to hit the bestseller chart, and it already has the movie deal to prove it.”InStyle

“Delaney has created a genuinely eerie, fascinating setting in One Folgate Street. . . . The novel’s structure, volleying back and forth as first Emma and then Jane begin to question their improbable luck, is beautifully handled. The pages fly.”USA Today

“The house has a dark past and a landlord that’s anything but welcoming.”New York Post, one of the must-read books of the week

The Girl Before is deservedly anointed the ‘top girl’ of this season’s suspense novels.”The Washington Post

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. Don’t miss it.”—Joseph Finder


  • You won't want to put this down!

    By Bbbbbbbygggggggggy
    This book is so amazing and addicting. You have to keep reading to see what the hell is going on with this crazy house and all the people linked into the story! I recommend this to anyone who loves thriller mystery books
  • The Girl Before

    By Onioneye
    Wonderful, refreshing read. Great story to the ver end. Can't wait to read more.
  • Couldn't stop!

    By Pete Mandell
    Read this book in about 24 hours and I loved every page!
  • Terrific Psychological Thriller

    By MygiftsA&L
    If you want a book that has great characters, suspense, and one that will keep you guessing until the very end, this book is definitely for you! This is a must read if you like psychological thrillers! I can't wait for this author to write another attention grabbing book like this! Fantastic!
  • Such a disappointment:(

    By npe214
    It is advertised as being an engaging title similar to Gone Girl or Girl on the Train.... NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. :( disappointing to say the least. Plot was soft and the characters are so blah.... not worth your money.
  • Thrilling book

    By Ggcxybvddguusdvh
    Great, intense suspenseful book. Keeps your mind wondering and thinking throughout the entire book. Jaw dropping, can't put it down kinda book. Loved it. Lots of twists and turns. Best book I read in a long while. Definitely recommend.
  • Confused Nonsense

    By Caddobill
    I never figured out what the author was doing the whole book. I'm sorry, but I cannot recommend this book.
  • Awesome

    By Melis196
    This book is a real page turner. If you like suspense, make this your next Sunday read.
  • v good

    By Gabriea
    I want to give it five stars but I can't, the idea and way the book was written was pristine but it took 200 pages for something exciting to happen. I would recommend
  • Terrible Ending

    By Ehaasl
    The book was a page turner! I couldn't wait to see what would happen on the next page. Finally, it wrapped up and the bad guy was taken down and all was good. Then the author decided to tack on six extra pages of garbage in what seemed like an attempt to terribly entice you to read a possible sequel. If a sequel happens, I'll pass. Poor ending!