Iting about white middle class people don t make the criminalsrapists black and working class How do you not see what s wrong with that And casual comments like this made by a psychiatrist In any relationship there are two repetition compulsions at work his and hers I can think of a whole lot of relationships where that definitely isn t truePlus there s a really poor and insensitive use of rape as a plot device Without giving away spoilers someone who was seen to be orally raped is then making jokes about preferring human sperm sacs to fish sperm sacs it s a long story Japanese restaurant blah blah Firstly gross And secondly grossBut maybe even after all of this I could have been persuaded to up my rating if the ending had provided us with an interesting and satisfying reveal Unfortunately I saw it coming from a mile away The list of suspects is too short the list of suspects who we d actually care about it being is even shorter I m sorry but I can t even find anything good to say about itBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Update I just read that Ron Howard is going to direct the movie adaptation of this book I can t waitWow Book slump averted A thriller has not made me this excited since Megan Miranda s All the Missing Girls The story is told in alternating chapters between Emma the girl before and Jane the current tenant of a very uniue flat While both women are searching for a living situation within their budgets in expensive London their brokers both mention a possible solution One Folgate Street has been designed by an architectural genius Edward Monkford but in order to live there one must pass a series of vetting including a multi paged uestionnaire and interview This is where things just begin to get weird I fear saying much will give away the twists and turns within these pages As an aside Emma s chapters are told without any uotation marks in the dialogue While it takes some time to getting used to it is very effective in differentiating between the two women s chapters However I am completely curious as to why the author chose to use this device if anyone nows fill me inI thoroughly enjoyed how the author portrayed One Folgate the apartment itself takes on a life of its own and becomes a central character in the story There are multiple triggers within this book I feel if I mention them here they would be spoilers So Pretty much if it s a trigger you can think of it s here Reader be warnedI ve heard this author is writing under a pseudonym and I am completely curious as to who masterminded this intricate story If you need to have likable characters to enjoy a book pass on this one If you are very sensitive in nature and have some triggers pass If you want a wild roller coaster ride of ups and downs and rights and lefts pick this one up You won t be able to put it downThank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Review was originally published on Through the Chapters BlogThis book was on my TBR for almost a year I expected it to be a very good psychological thriller since it was compared to the Gone Girl one of the most mind blowing books I have ever read Unfortunately I wasn t only disappointed I was frustrated and let me explain whyThis story follows two women Emma and Jane who wanted to escape the tragic events of their past in order to begin a new life in a new apartment The narration rotates between those two ladies to show us the events of past Emma and present Jane They were presented to the audience so desperate that they agree to move to an apartment at One Folgate Street with weird and ridiculous rules as tenants They were so deep into their grief and post
Traumatic Syndrome That They Were syndrome that they were ok by signing a contrac My reviews can also be seen at Stars The Girl Before is a psychological thriller that is getting a lot of attention The movie rights have even been sold to Universal with Ron Howard to direct I didn t now any of that when I first read the description for the book I just thought it sounded like an entertaining readPlease make a list of every possession you consider essential to your lifeOne Folgate Street in London is a high tech minimalist house with so many cool amenities and features that you would figure the rent would be sky high But the rent is actually very reasonableSo what s the catch Well there s no catch reallyExcept for THE RULESTenants are reuired to follow very a list of very strict rules Things like no pets paying rent on time no loud noise after 11pm take out the garbage You now things like thatNOPEnot at all like thatThere are over 200 rules that tenants MUST be abide by in order to live in the houseTo say that the ownerlandlord of One Folgate Street is picky about who lives in the house is an understatement To say that he s a bit particular about his rules for the tenants is putting it mildly The rental application is extremely long and includes many bizarre and impossible uestionsA person close to you confesses in confidence that they ran someone over while drunk As a result they have given up drinking for good Would you feel obliged to report it to the policeIs it worth it to live in such a beautiful high tech home This home with its awesome hidden gadgets A house cleaner comes weekly The lights heat and cooling will set to tenants personal preferences The shower will also
adjust to their personal settings Even the air in the house makes you feel better with its to their personal settings Even the air in the house makes you feel better with its mood enhancing waveformsImagine a hospital where the structure itself becomes part of the healing process or a home for dementia sufferers that actually helps them to remember This house might be simple but it s ambition is extraordinaryJust don t forgetthe RULES The main one NO CLUTTER Everything has its place usually out of sight So no pictures no plants no ornaments no bookswait NO BOOKS OMG that s just wrongThe owner Edward Monkford is the architect who built the house He also lives a minimalist lifestyle He will not rent unless he By an enigmatic architect on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant Emma met a mysterious death there and starts to wonder if her own story. .
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Inds the perfect tenant But his need for control goes so much farther than that And yet some people are drawn to the tormented genius But who is Edward really What happens if someone does break the rulesEmma and her boyfriend Simon are looking for a safe place to live after a recent break in However their budget is a bit tight and everything is either horrible or too expensive Then the agent shows them One Folgate Street She explains the lengthy process for application Simon is hesitant but Emma feels like the place might be exactly what they need The rules make her feel secure She wants to reinvent herself bring order to her life to change and be a better personThe house may change her but will it be for the betterWe then meet Jane After a devastating loss Jane is looking for new place to live She wants to make a new start and hopes that One Folgate Street is the place to do it But it s not long before some strange things start happening Jane learns some of the dark history of the house and is determined to find out especially what happened to the previous tenantThe house may be inexpensive and full of high tech gadgets but the walls of the house are also full of secrets Where is the previous tenant and is Jane in any dangerThat s all anyone s looking for really isn t it Someone to take care of the mess inside our headsThis book may not be for everyone There is a lot of sex I will definitely say that some of the characters turn ons may be turn offs for some readers It wasn t really my thing and I could have done without those parts However it didn t really interfere with my enjoyment of the rest of the bookThe chapters alternate between THEN and NOW and are narrated by Jane NOW and Emma THEN I flew through the pages Occasionally I had to flip back to double check whether it was Emma or Jane but most of the time I was able to Only a Whisper keep up The story may have been hard to believe and far fetched at times but I decided to try to go with the flow and enjoy itIn the end I really liked this novel I was pulled and it got right inside my head I had tonow what was going to happen A thrilling story about a house I would NEVER want to live in seriously I could not handle any of the rules but I sure enjoyed reading about itPS Put your shampoo awayThank you Ballantine Books for providing an advanced copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review I am in the minority with my feelings about The Girl Before this book has received excellent reviews but it just didn t work for me The premise is intriguing What if you had the opportunity to live in the perfect house designed by a famous architect for a low price The only catch is that the house will record data and track your every move Also the lease will have over 200 clauses including such things as not leaving anything on the floor and no books allowed There will be the occasional uiz and if you don t comply or do well appliances will stop working Some wou 35 starsReally fast paced and captured my attention from beginning to end but it tried a little hard to be too many different things I ept getting whiplash over all the But this And this Now this Jk this Look at me I m being shocking and twisty Unfortunately this took away from what could have been a 5 star read for me Still enjoyable and would still recommend to the right reader Full review to come I m tossing this one on the heaping pile of books that led me to believe they were worthy of comparisons to Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train but left me disappointed instead Is this madness ever going to end Why can t a book be left to stand on it s own merits I guess it s my fault for giving in and picking up yet another Girl book Have no fear though once again I ve landed in the minority as the reviews I ve seen have been overwhelming positive and apparently it s being made into a movie So take this review with a grain of salt It s just one reader s thoughts and feelings after allPoint blank I don t get it This whole scenario is strange Odd Completely ridiculous What sane person would agree to live in this situation Forget sane why would anybody sign up for thisMaybe I m the crazy one but there is no way I would ever agree to give up most of my belongings to move in to a minimalistic stone box of a house that comes with over 200 stipulations Restrictive and ridiculous rules Not to mention answering a bizarre uestionnaire and having my amenities shut down every time the perfectionistic control freak of a landlord feels like I need to answer yet another series of uestions All in
effort to gauge my growth or acceptance of the lifestyle the housean effort to gauge my growth or acceptance of the lifestyle the house
I DON T CARE HOW GOODdon t care how good or how famous of an architect the owner is I wouldn t do it The author sells the idea by garnering sympathy from the reader for the two women and the excitement of top of the line technology it s the ultimate smart house Both women have recently experienced tragedies and need a fresh start And of course the rent for this pseudo stone cell is uite cheap Hmm I wonder whyThe story unfolds through the eyes of the two women Emma the previous tenant and Jane the current tenant The story flip flops between then and now which takes place two years apart at a pretty rapid pace We get to see how their stories mirror each other and it s a little convoluted at times More than once I had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to see whose head I was in because I was ind of lost I liked the whole notion of getting caught up in a story or your past and recreating or reliving that same story over and over But that s were the likes Brooklyn's Song kind of ended for meThe entire plot felt like a tangled mess and not one I particularly enjoyed unraveling Albeit there was something about it thatept me turning the pages I can t say I was wowed though not by the characters the scenario or even the twist I failed to see what so many others have found exceptional about this one THANK YOU to Random HouseBallantine Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Will be a re run of the girl before As twist after twist catches the reader off guard Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense page turning portrayal of psychological obsessio. 35 STARS One Folgate Street is a state of the art award winning property The rent is pretty reasonable too but it s tenants must be prepared to give up all their possessions no books throws cushions photos no personal effects nothing except the bare minimum of clothes Then there are the other rules hundreds of them seemingly waiting to trip you up catch you unawares There are also regular ue 35The perfect home to lease Custom designed and built by a world renowned architect Every modern amenity one could possibly dream up some even beyond your imagination What s not to likeJust one small hitch You must agree to the terms set forth by the architect Rules covering seemingly everything from A Z regarding what may be brought into the apartment Not the least of which includes no pets or even childrenEmma is looking for a safe haven Her last flat was broken into and ransacked 1 Folgate Street is no ordinary house it is cutting edge and won the Stirling Prize It is an example of extreme minimalism and incorporates the latest home technology It was originally designed by the techno architect Edward Monkton as his family home but his wife and son died there which means its now available for others to live Only there is the slight problem of over 200 conditions that have to be adhered to by whoever lives there And they have to be interviewed and approved by Monkton personally The narrative focuses on Emma from the past and Jane in the present Both are troubled women Emma was held at Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide knife point by burglars and she is struggling to come to terms with this This event drives her decision to apply to live in the house despite her boyfriend Simon s reservations The conditions for residing there will turn her into a new person with control Jane has had a stillborn baby and grieving This house will be her new start and she just happens to fancy the architect She is receiving a flower delivery of gentians which she assumes is from the architect until she reads the cardand realises there is to the house than she thought Emma died in the houseA concerned Jane begins to investigate Emma the girl before to ascertain whether she was murdered and if so by whom There are uncomfortable similarities between her and Emma From both resembling Edward s wife to having a no strings attached affair with him which runs a similar if not identical course to both having risue sex Jane meets the people in Emma s life including Simon the aggrieved boyfriend and Carol the therapist Meanwhile the house appears to develop an entity of its own as strange and random things happen Is the controlling and manipulative Edward ailler Is Emma a reliable narrator An air of menace hangs over the house as danger begins to close in around Jane The writing is lucid sparse and beautiful Pretty much like the house and there is an air of claustrophobia in the story This is a house with tragic beginnings and a strong character that is destined to trouble those who live there you can just feel this It is a good psychological thriller that eeps you reading without ever losing interest Thanks to uercus for an ARC Yes daddy Yes No Please no I feel like somebody noted the success of books like Gone Girl and the success of Fifty Shades of Grey and thought wouldn t it be great if we had a book that combined the two No actually No it wouldn tThe Girl Before failed on so many levels and I say that as a
Reluctant Fan Of These Domestic Thrillers I Ve Everythingfan of these domestic thrillers I ve enjoyed everything The Girl on the Train to last year s but fast paced Behind Closed Doors I expected I d like this one too but all I got was a weird relationship with rules another guy called Edward and transparent twistsThe book alternates between the perspectives of Emma Before and Jane After as they move into the techno minimalist apartment at One Folgate Street Though beautiful there is almost no furniture absolutely everything is digital and most bizarre of all the landlord and famous
Edward Monkford reuires that his tenants follow some very rules Both women soon find themselves caught up in a love affair with Edward but when Jane discovers that Emma died in the apartment she can t help investigating furtherJane s digging uncovers some disturbing facts about Emma she expressed concern over Edward s controlling ways to her psychiatrist her death may not have been an accident and strangest of all she looked eerily like Jane herselfFirstly I don t now what is wrong with these women Without giving away twists their behaviour is often outright ridiculous Warning bells are going off left right and centre and they re completely oblivious At worst Edward is a murderer but even at best he s a creepy weirdo It s almost comical how much he resembles Christian Grey not just sexually dominant and prone to losing control but also strict about Emma and Jane s eating and exercise habits Ick Get out Also lots of people have a type but it s just plain weird if your type are all women who look virtually identical Secondly there is no atmosphere I feel like the author tried to create a creepy house with a dark history feeling but it didn t come through because so much of the book was nothing than a weird romance I also see how Delaney was trying to create a ghost of past lovers vibe but this ain t no Daphne du Maurier The writing wasn t strong enough to make you scared for the characters to Family of Her Dreams keep you metaphorically looking over your shoulderIt is often really difficult to distinguish between the two perspectives I had toeep flicking to the beginning of the chapter to find out whether I was on Emma or Jane This is partly because the style is impersonal and doesn t deeply connect you with the characters but also partly because their stories are very similar As we soon see Edward takes them to the same places gives them the same food treats them the same ways it was like reading the same perspective twiceAnd there s a whole bunch of subtle racism going on as well as a bunch of other distasteful issues If you insist on only wr. Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection but can you pay the priceJane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime the chance to live in a beautiful ultra minimalist house designed. .Architect Edward Monkford Reuires That His Tenants Follow Some Very