Hi everyone. My first post back after a bigger than expected hiatus from my blog…but something I felt like I needed. I felt unhappy with my content and how I was organizing my reviewing. But now I’m back, hopefully for good!
Today I’m going to be talking about The Girl Before by JP Delaney and the turning point which lead to me getting more into the thriller genre.
This is one of those books that I’d seen on display in various bookshops for quite some time. So a couple of months back I decided to pick it up on a whim. Previous to this I’d only read maybe 5 thrillers? I’m someone who gets scared quite easily, so based off that in the past I think I’d just written off thrillers as a genre that maybe wasn’t for me. But maybe it’s about finding that perfect sub-genre, where it doesn’t get too full on ‘scary’…
Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?
Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before
As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.
GAVE: 4/5 stars
My review: The Girl Before runs with the format of following two characters, from two different periods of time. Past (Emma) & present (Jane), which I’m personally a big fan of. Books that are formatted like this, it often leads to cliff-hanger chapters that leave you wanting more and you find yourself never wanting to put the book down, which happens here.
The story revolves around One Folgate Street, a house seen as an architectural masterpiece. With its extremely minimalistic theme and way of living, with the highest of technology at every corner it stands out from its surroundings. Originally designed by architect Edward Monkton for him and his family. His wife & son died in the house. Now available for others to live in. But there’s a catch. A whole 200 of them. 200 conditions that have to be adhered to, and an interview with the designer Edward Monkton, to be able to live there. The house itself is almost like another main character and over time I became interested in all the bizarre aspects of its structure and contents.
Both Emma & Jane are troubled women, who have been through tragic events. Emma’s house had been broken into, whilst she was at home and Jane is trying to rebuild her life after the loss of her baby.
The overall feel of this book is it’s about history repeating itself. Flipping from chapter to chapter and assessing the similarities of what is happening to these two women and whether or not they will have the same end game. The story gets quite dark at times, in a physiological sense, but overall the writing was great and I did really enjoy it.
Leading on from this I picked up a few more thrillers, including the immensely popular The Couple Next Door. Which you can expect a review for soon!