Title: The Girl Before
Author: J.P. Delaney
Publication: 24 Jan 2017 by Ballantine Books
Genre: Suspense, Mystery
Format: e-Galley (Sampler only)
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.
This is just a sampler that I received thru NetGalley and it contains the first several chapters of the novel. The copy was short but enough to have you intrigued.
The novel is about Emma and Jane, two different women, who rented the same house in One Folgate Street. The house was pretty much described as a minimalistic masterpiece with a modern touch. But this is not your typical place. Before you are permitted to rent it, you need to answer a series of questions and undergo interview. Aside from that, if approved, you need to follow a set of rules which are mostly dos and don’ts.
The sampler ended with Jane finding out that the previous tenant, Emma, was murdered inside the house. How and by who? I don’t know. Total cliffhanger.
I already found a copy of the novel in our local bookstore and looking forward to purchasing it soon. I just really hope that the suspense is worth it. (*Cross-fingers*)