This book was going along just fine until the end. Unfortunately, the end tainted feelings towards the rest of the book and makes this read a 3-star verses a 4-star.
The Girl Before is told in alternating chapters – Then: Emma and Now: Jane. Emma, who is reeling from a traumatic break-in wants a new place to live. Jane, after the loss of a child needs a fresh start. Both are drawn to One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece. But there are LOTS of rules: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind.
I couldn’t believe that Emma and Jane were able to live like the occupants of One Folgate Street were required to. However, I was able to suspend belief and keep reading because I felt a great sense of intrigue and suspense. What was going to happen? I had to keep reading to find out. The who done it genuinely surprised me but was quickly passed over for something else. I felt I was rushed too quickly into the next surprise. This next surprise disgusted me. I’m not going to tell you what the next surprise is because I don’t want to spoil the story for you. I’ll only say that it really disgusted me and ruined the nice feelings I had for Jane.
Overall, I encourage you to read this book. As I mentioned, it kept me reading because I sensed a good mystery coming my way. I was only disappointed in the ending. But maybe it will be just the ending you’re looking for?
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.
Rating: 3 stars
Title: The Girl Before
Author: JP Delaney
Release Date: January 24, 2017