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Monday, October 10, 2016

The Girl Before by JP Delaney


Summary on Goodreads.

"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.

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 occupant—and it does.

JANE
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."


Totally loved it. The story is told in 2 povs, now: Jane, and then: Emma. As the summary says, Jane seems to be living the life that Emma lived (or kind of). Will they have the same ending?

Different POVs is a tricky technique; sometimes it works (for me) and sometimes it doesn't. Well, this time it worked.

I didn't see the ending coming! I was so immersed in the story. At times I was like "can't you see he is a psycho?" Because, you know... we readers can always see better than the character :-)

I loved the writing too. It is interesting how I always have little to say about books I like.

Oh! Right, this one is also compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, why God? Oh why? I didn't see the similarity but I am sure that if I think hard about it I could find something to link the three together then!