Title: The Girl Before
Author: J.P. Delaney
Genre: suspense, thriller
Part of a series? No.
Publish Date: January 24th, 2017
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing for allowing me access to an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Two women at different times are looking at one house- it’s perfect. Safe, secure, demanding of a fresh start. This isn’t your normal renter’s agreement though. Due to it’s minimalist nature and the acclaim of the architect not only are there tours at times, but very strict rules for what can and cannot be done to or go into the house. This is a home that is meant to shape and change you-and it does.
To get the lease, each woman must meet the architect and get approved. Now, this takes place in two different times- Emma’s and then Jane’s. (Jane comes in several months after Emma’s passing). Each woman falls for Edward, each one has a relationship with him. This is a story underlined with deceit, madness and intrigue.
I really loved this book. I loved how each woman adapted both to the techno-savvy minimalist home and to Edward. These are two very different women, both recovering from a different traumatic experience. I enjoyed seeing how they reacted to events. The book had a suspenseful, creepy feel that I liked. Best of all, it kept me guessing through the book. This is always a sign of a good book for me.
Now, I did have issue with Edward’s character. He was extremely controlling and most of the time very hard to like, which made it hard for me to see why our women fell for him; especially as one was in a relationship when they met. Still, for all this it was a five star book for me.
On the adult content scale, this is really high. There is very explicit sexual content, language, violence, and substance abuse. I give it a nine- not for young teens.
The book comes out on 1-24-2017, be ready!
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