The Girl Before by JP Delaney

People like to talk about clean slates. But the only truly clean slate is a new one. The rest are gray from whatever’s been written on them before.
— JP Delaney

 Jane just wants move forward and start again, a new home, new beginnings after her loss. Emma doesn’t feel secure after her flat was broken into, she wants to find a home that is going to bring her a sense of relief, so she can move on from the terror. Both women find One Folgate Street, a house beyond anyone’s imagination. Fresh technology, new age architecture, who wouldn’t want to live there? But things just might be too good to be true. As truths about the houses history come to light, both girls are left asking questions, some including about their own safety.

I’m always drawn to novels that alternate perspectives. This one especially drew me in with the alternating time periods as well. I enjoy getting to know these women from their intimate perspectives. In fact, this was my favorite aspect of this book, experiencing these parallel stories, getting to know each woman through their own eyes.

As a thriller, I just wasn’t very thrilled. There was a gnawing sense of needing to know what was going to happen, but I didn’t connect with the plot line. I struggled with this looming sense that Edward was a bit to Christian Grey; finding women to control. The amount of sexualization of the story didn’t jive with me in this novel.


***Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways and Random House Publishers for providing me with this copy.