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The Girl Before: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2017

Duration: 9 hours 59 minutes


In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.


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.

Advance praise for The Girl Before

“Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.”—Lee Child

“Riveting! One of the most compelling page-turners I’ve read in years. Twisty, turny, and with an ending not to be missed!”—Lisa Gardner

“The Girl Before is a cat-and-mouse game that toys with our expectations and twists our sympathies. At times almost unbearably suspenseful, it keeps us guessing from the first page to the very last. Don’t miss it.”—Joseph Finder

“Riveting . . . Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters’ secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed.”—Publishers Weekly

“Superior psychological suspense . . . a cleverly constructed thriller.”—The Bookseller

“A masterfully crafted spellbinder . . . guaranteed to astonish.”—Booklist (starred review)


  • Toresa R

    Very good read it got a little slow at times but it kept me going

  • Vicky W

    A bit hard to get into. Middle was very interesting, did not like the ending at all. Love the British narrative

  • Donna M

    Enjoyable...suspenseful and intriguing.

  • Tammy S

    Very disappointing ending!

  • Maite S

    Loved it! Intriguing, keeps you wondering till the end. Great narrative.

  • Jess A

    Fairly transparent characters and plot. Not as suspenseful as I would have liked.

  • MaryAnn g

    Great audio book. Kept me intrigued while driving on a very boring road trip.

  • Maria L

    Narrator is good but the storyline is very predictable. This story is a cross between The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

  • Katie l

    Great page turner! I finished this book in less than a week but I do wish the ending was better. other than that I really enjoyed this book. The book was like Gone Girl meets 50 Shades of Grey... minus all the x-rated scenes. Very enjoyable.

  • Brenda D

    Great listen and the characters were interesting but the end sort of fizzled.