The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
Genre: Psychological Thriller
The house at “One Folgate Street” seems perfect; cheap, modern and completely computeris. A dream come true for anyone... the only problem is that the owner has a few restrictions and requirements before you could be the new tenant... ready?
"I feel like a character in a film. Amongst so much good taste, the house somehow makes me walk more elegantly, stand in a more considered way, place myself within each vista for maximum effect. There's no one to see me, of course, but One Folgate Street itself seems almost to become my audience, filling the spare spaces with quiet, cinematic scores from Housekeeper's automated playlist."
This had been a surprising, twisted and addictive read... I don’t understand why I didn’t read it before, is a must read!
The story is told between the past (Emma) and the present (Jane) and how the house changed their life, for good or bad... I think this was really the meaning of the house and the architect that created it (now the owner), with all the restrictions and questionnaires, making the people living there become their true self, without masks or subterfuges, what you see is what they really are. Scary isn't it?
As we start reading the book, we feel that there's one more character in the book that doesn't have any voice, but is always there, the (scary) house, having their own mind and personality and making Emma and Jane confront their worst fears and secret desires... and I am not sure they like what they discover; they move to the house to change their past, but it seems they will hunt them forever.
I have to say that the two stories become one, told at the same time, making the reader become frightened for their life, because you could feel there will be blood, but what we really don't know is who is really the dark shadow we see on the rear of our eye... is it Edward? The owner of the house and lover of Emma and Jane? He has a lot of secrets and quite a curious way to act but why killing? Or there's someone/something else with more motives than we think?
Please, take a chance on "The Girl Before" I am sure you will not be able to put it down!
Ready for the house of your dreams?