The Girl Before – JP Delaney


4/5 Stars

Summary: “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.”

Another ARC, yay!

No books, nothing on the walls, wipe down the shower every time you use it, and those are only a few of the long list of rules attached to the house Emma and Jane (separately) agreed to live in.

This book had me wanting to come back to it and read more.  It’s more of a slow burn, luring you in and weaving different possibilities of what really happened throughout the story.  If you’re looking for action packed, thriller sort of stuff, this might not be the book for you.

I enjoyed the ride though.  I liked how it was told from two different perspectives allowing you to see the differences and similarities in their lives.  At first, the fact that Emma’s story is told all without quotation marks around the dialogue really bothered me, but I got used to it and now I understand why it was done—at least I think.

It’s a fairly quick read and will leave you trying to figure out what really happened until the very end.  While the long version of the summary tries to compare The Girl Before to The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl (enough with girl in the title!), I’d have to disagree.  Those books are more focused on their plot twists, while I think this one is about the journey.

This book isn’t set to come out until January 24th, so add it to your TBR list and let me know what you think when you get to it!