The Girl Before JP Delaney

7 Reasons To Read The Girl Before by JP Delaney

The Girl Before by JP DelaneyAs the popularity of psychological thrillers grows, so too does the list of books that claim to be like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. Many of those books don’t quite live up to the hype, but this one absolutely does. The Girl Before by JP Delaney is both engaging and captivating; dark and disturbing.

The Girl Before by JP Delaney is told from the perspective of two women who have chosen to live in a uniquely pristine and austere home designed by one of the most controversial architects in all of Great Britain. The women, who live in the house at separate times, do so under extreme circumstances: The sleek and seductive home comes with a set of more than 200 rules dictating how tenants live and behave in the house.

According to architect Edward Monkford, the house is designed to change the way people live, and for Emma, the house does indeed change Emma’s lifestyle. In fact, for Emma, the house comes with a new boyfriend: the insanely neurotic architect himself.

The relationship doesn’t last though, and three years later, Jane finds herself in a similar situation to that of Emma’s. After finding herself in a vulnerable situation, Jane decides to take on the 200 rules and live in Edward’s house, and before long, she too is involved with Edward. When she finds out that Emma died while living in the home, however, she begins to question the sanity of her decisions and her relationship.

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It won’t be long before The Girl Before by JP Delaney is at the top of every suspense reader’s list. Here are seven reasons why you should read The Girl Before, too.

1. You like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone GirlGone GirlIf you liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, you’ll love The Girl Before by JP Delaney. The Girl Before is a dark story of love and loss; manipulation and confusion.

Just like Gone Girl, The Girl Before features a methodical and nearly neurotic antagonist, bent on ruthlessly living life his way, regardless of whom he may hurt in the process. The Girl Before is full of shocking, out-of-this-world twists, and JP Delaney’s engaging writing style is on par with that of Gillian Flynn.


2. You like Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed)Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed)Like Fifty Shades of Grey, The Girl Before by JP Delaney features a strong, controlling male as a main character.

It’s true that The Girl Before has none of the erotica present in Fifty Shades of Grey, but still, the similarities between Edward Monkford and Christian Grey are striking.

If you like the alpha-male personality and characteristics of Christian Grey, you might like Edward Monkford as a character, as well. The two leading men are similar in that controlling, powerful, brooding, and neurotic kind of way.


3. You like technology and books that provoke deep thought

Do you ever find yourself wondering if technology has gone too far? In The Girl Before, both Emma and Kate find themselves wondering if the leasing rules and technology built into the house is helping to improve their lifestyles, of if the technology and rules have crossed the line into too controlling. In that way, the book poses the question: At what point does technology stop being helpful and start being overbearing?

4. You like The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the TrainLike The Girl on the Train, The Girl Before features a slew of unreliable narrators and characters with something to hide.

Admittedly, the plot of the books vary greatly, but the skill displayed by both Paula Hawkins and JP Delaney is impressive. Both authors are able to manipulate the reader’s feelings while convincing the reader to care about people who are, in some ways, totally unlikable.

Like The Girl on the Train, The Girl Before is dark and twisty with shocking surprises. If you like one, you’ll likely enjoy the other.


5. You like engaging, fast-paced, psychological thrillers

The Girl Before is unique, which pulls the reader in immediately. Through sheer talent, JP Delaney has built a world that keeps the reader wanting to find out more. For example, the vivid imagery associated with the house is fascinating, and the unreliability of at least one of the narrators keeps the reader on her toes.

Throughout the story, Delaney uses extreme skill to transfer the reader’s sympathy from one character to another, evoking emotions that are both surprising and unexpected.

6. You like The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingOr, at least, you like the concept behind Marie Kondo’s work. In The Girl Before by JP Delaney, Edward Monkford takes decluttering to the extreme, going so far as to design a house that lacks any type of visual disturbance whatsoever.

The many rules that come with One Folgate Street are designed to make sure tenants live an austere and clutter-free lifestyle. In fact, the very first line of The Girl Before asks rental applicants to “Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.”

It’s interesting to see some of the de-cluttering concepts from Marie Kondo interpreted in such a way.


7. You like to read books before they are made into movies

In 2015, it was revealed that the rights to The Girl Before had been purchased by Universal. The film adaptation of The Girl Before will be directed by Ron Howard. A released date has not yet been announced.

Is The Girl Before on your reading list yet? Head over to Amazon to grab your copy.

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1 Comment

  • Andria Perry February 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks I am always looking for new reads.


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