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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)


  • 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

  • Lupe C

    I really enjoyed this book it definitely took many turns I wasn't expecting I love the back and forth past and present and the unexpected moments.

  • 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!