The Girl Before

A Novel

Publisher: Doubleday Canada
This instant New York Times bestseller, in the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife and Gone Girl, is 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.

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.

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I. Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.





THEN: EMMA

It’s a lovely little flat, the agent says with what could almost pass for genuine enthusiasm. Close to the amenities. And there’s that private bit of roof. That could...
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National Bestseller
New York Times Bestseller
International Bestseller


"Dazzling, startling and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense." —Lee Child
 
"Riveting! One of the most compelling page turners I've read in years. Twisty, turny and with an ending not to be missed!" —Lisa Gardner

"The Girl Before is deservedly the anointed 'top girl' of this season's suspense novels." —The Washington Post

"A gripping one-sitting read." —Elle

"There's a distinct creepiness to this claustrophobic story." —The New York Times

"Delaney has created a genuinely eerie, fascinating setting." —USA Today

"A deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successes." —Daily Express (UK)

"The tension is built up subtly, leading to a devastating climax. A really clever thriller." —Daily Mail (UK)

"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
 
"A spectacularly clever thriller about three women on a dangerous collision course. With the skill of a master craftsman, JP Delaney draws the reader deeper and deeper into a maze of twists and perils that asks: what if the greatest risk we face isn't outside ourselves, but within our own dark souls?" —Carla Buckley
 
"A powerfully told thriller that uses time and perspective to ratchet up the tension in every fast-paced chapter, while posing challenging moral questions for the novel's characters as well as its readers. It's hard to put this one down and it keeps you thinking long after you've turned the last page." —Nina Sadowsky

"I was instantly gripped and held captivated by the pace and elegant writing. I devoured it in two straight sittings." —Peter James

"A masterfully crafted spellbinder. . . . Guaranteed to astonish." —Booklist, starred review

"Riveting. . . . Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters' secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed." —Publishers Weekly

"Superior psychological suspense. . . . A cleverly constructed thriller." —The Bookseller

"Constantly cranking up the suspense. . . . A thoroughly satisfying read." —Reader's Digest

"Slick, sexy, suspenseful and smart" —Mail on Sunday (UK)