Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The Girl Before by J.P Delaney

Today it is my stop on the #TheGirlBefore blog tour which stopped over at Shots blog yesterday.
I am thrilled to be sharing my review for this gripping and intriguing book.

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.

The Girl Before had me instantly gripped from the opening chapter and it soon became clear that this was a storyline unlike one I have read before.

The book revolves around number one Folgate Street, a house quite unlike anything you can imagine with extreme rules for whoever lives in the house. The chapters alternate between two tenants Emma who used to live in the house and Jane who is the current tenant and before long we start to see alarming similarities between the two leaving me wondering if Jane's fate will be the same as Emma's.

All the way through the book little snippets are gradually revealed which constantly made my thoughts and accusations change, I really wasn't on the right path so the author was very clever in keeping me guessing and leading me in the wrong direction.

Although there were similarities between Emma and Jane I personally didn't take to Emma but I still curious about her part in the storyline, whereas I warmed to Jane more and was hoping for a happy outcome for her.

Between each chapter we see some of random the questions that the women were asked and I thought this was a great addition to the book and I found myself thinking about my answers to each questions.

The house was easy to visualise thanks to the the authors skilled descriptive writing and I can see houses like these being made in the future although I for one won't be hoping to live in one!

This was a gripping read, each time I put the book down I was itching to get back to it, however I do feel that the last part of the book didn't quite have the same on edge and inquisitive feel to it that the early part of the book had, it felt a little flat and my attention was beginning to waver but I still think this will be a book that people will enjoy because the storyline and setting is not one that readers are likely to have come across anything similar.

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The tour continues tomorrow over on Go Book Yourself so head over and check it out.

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