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The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl BeforeThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was an intense ride. It’s like a puzzle you’re trying to put together, and even when finished, you’re not sure you can see the whole picture.

But it’s good – very, very good.

The main “character” of the book is a unique home called One Folgate Street. The book follows two women who lived there, Emma in the past, and Jane, “now.” Both women had to agree to the overwhelming list of rules put in place by the eccentric architect that built the home. We know from the beginning that Emma died in the house, and as things start to get weird, Jane realizes she may be the next tragedy at One Folgate Street.

This book was great in that is shows the parallel lives of the women in the house unfolding, without revealing exactly what’s going on. There’s a lot going on and it’s difficult to figure it all out. I’m still not completely sure I have it all figured out.

I normally don’t like books like that, which leave me with questions, but in a way, it felt right with this book. The whole book has an air of mystery and it feels ok to leave something on the table.

This is also the kind of book where no one really comes out looking great. It’s difficult to tell who is a “bad guy” and who is a “good guy.” Everyone had issues, and that’s part of what brings them together, and ultimately, tears them apart.

I really liked the suspense of it all. It had so many moving parts, but it wasn’t overwhelming. I couldn’t wait to see how it all worked out. And when it was all revealed, I thought to myself, “Dang.”

I highly recommend this book to anyone who lives a psychological mystery/thriller. It’s the type of book that will keep you up late reading it.

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