Today I’m reviewing yet another NetGalley proof.
The Girl Before is a psychological thriller and mystery all rolled into one.
Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.
The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. After reading the extract, I couldn’t wait to read more! Loved that there were two stories to follow and they both ended up in the same place. Was not expecting the ending! Shows that perfect isn’t necessarily the best thing.
So to add a brief background, I initially read the extract for this and was hooked. I loved the changes in stories and how both followed along a pretty similar path until the end.
The ending is explosive and you won’t see it coming, I certainly wasn’t expecting that to happen!
The house is a bit creepy, that was my initial thought. The perfection of it scared me a little. How can anyone build something and expect perfection, especially from their tenants? I mean don’t get me wrong, minimalism is doing the rounds currently and I too, have jumped on that train, removing things that I no longer need (although books are my downfall – sorry, not sorry). But something that perfect and clean and white (by the sounds of it) scares me. And the whole technology thing? Well by reading the book, you can see why it’s a bad and scary thing.
It’s a chilling read and a great one at that and I did highly enjoy it. The ending will surprise you, but if you’re a lover of mystery and thrillers, then I urge you to pick it up and have a read!
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it, and if you haven’t read it yet, go do it!