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The Girl Before: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2017

Duration: 9 hours 59 minutes


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, 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.

Praise for The Girl Before

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

“The Girl Before generates a fast pace. . . . [J. P.] Delaney intersperses ethics questions on stand-alone pages throughout the book. . . . The single most ingenious touch is that we’re not provided either woman’s answers.”—The New York Times

“J. P. Delaney builds the suspense.”—Vanity Fair

“Immediate guarantee: You will not be able to put this book down. . . . Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will realize that there’s not only more where that came from, but it’s also more thrilling.”—American Booksellers Association


  • Julie G

    It was an interesting story, but it took way too long to get there. However, the narrator was amazing. I honestly thought it was two different people!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Pamela S.

    Great read. Will recommend to friends that enjoy the books I do! Love. Great thriller.

  • Anonymous

    This was a great book!! I liked the parallel lives with the two main characters. With a great twist at the end. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Andrea m

    Well read. A little far fetched but a good book all the same.

  • Toya D

    I really enjoyed the story.

  • R Cawley

    I enjoyed this book and loved the narrator. Easy read too.

  • J R

    Well read. Confusing at first with the flashbacks & narrator changes. It is a slow read/listen. Interested to see how they do the movie.

  • Abi O

    The audio book is good because it goes into description but if you read it to yourself it isn’t the best

  • Mary H

    Takes awhile to get into the story's intrigue...and I mean too long. I kept wanting it to move along a little faster. the narrator was excellent.

  • Kristi G

    Audio great; story suspenseful be mindful if a spectacular house is priced unbelievably lower than it should be, inclusive of a controlling/picky landlord,odds are something has or is going on with the house; investigate and don’t be naïve about information you receive from outsiders about history of house., especially if your told often you look like previous tenant..hmmm 4 stars

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