The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney was really popular when it first came out, so when I had the chance, I decided to grab a copy and see what it was all about.
The story follows two women living in the same house at different times. Emma, who first moved in with her boyfriend, and Jane, who moved in a year later. The house was built by an architect who had lots of rules, making the house a fit for only the right kind of people.
Shortly after she moves in, Jane discovers that Emma died there, and while many people suspected foul play, there was never conclusive proof to point to a specific suspect. Unable to leave it alone, Jane starts investigating on her own, trying to find out what happened to Emma to make sure it doesn’t happen to her.
Although it was an engaging story, I wasn’t really sold. It’s was a story where I found myself not liking any of the characters, no one was quite who they presented themselves to be.
That said, the short chapters made it a quick read. The pages flew by, and it did engage your mind, trying to uncover the lies and figure out who each character really was.
It wasn’t a bad story, and I’d certainly recommend it to people who enjoy thrillers, but I’m not chomping at the bit to more of Delaney’s work.