The girl before, J.P. Delaney

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.


19% into the book and it finally started to haunt me. Didn’t expect a kind of horror book and I hope in the end it isn’t but it did start a little bit eerie and now Jane starts receiving bouquets of lilies. She thinks they are from the owner of the house because she just moved in and the guy seems like that kind of a guy but when she calls the flower shop they say no one is sending flowers from their shop. But Jane has the card… and when she looks closer the card says: Emma, I will love you forever. Sleep well my darling.

End of the book: I feel unsatisfied. I don’t have a hard copy because I had read it on my Kindle, but if I had I would had throw it to the bin. The book is mainly about a weird arhitect with strange rules for the tenants of his house. A easy to break in house exactly because of the technology surrounding it. Emma and Jane fall in love with Edward the arhitect but he is a “freak” into bdsm and stuff is easy to say but it’s so much more, he treats everyone bad, he is an abuser. He lets Jane pregnant and then says to give the baby up because he wants to make a perfect one, a wanted baby. Emma dies, killed in her house after Edward breaks up with her right before Jane moves in. And Simon, Emma’s ex boyfriend still searches for girls like her, exactly like her and that would be Jane, who not only look like Emma but looks like the dead wife of Edward. Another strange death… with no answers. Until now.

I didn’t liked this books because you know who the killer is… it’s easy. The book is stuffed with lies, obsessive people like obsessed to the point you kill someone and don’t feel remorse. The book shows how normal it is to be crazy, how normal it is in a relationship to be dominant and do just want you want because if the other person loves you, well he/she will follow. The book shows people that crazyness can hit a lot of people and thats fine because in the end you get away with it especially if you have a little bit of charisma. Sick of it. Ugh.



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