The Girl Before: A Novel

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.


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.

Praise for The Girl Before

“Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.”—Lee Child

The Girl Before generates a fast pace. . . . [J. P.] Delaney intersperses ethics questions on stand-alone pages throughout the book. . . . The single most ingenious touch is that we’re not provided either woman’s answers.”—The New York Times

“J. P. Delaney builds the suspense.”Vanity Fair

“Immediate guarantee: You will not be able to put this book down. . . . Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will realize that there’s not only more where that came from, but it’s also more thrilling.”American Booksellers Association

“This is going to be the buzziest book of 2017. We may only be a few weeks into 2017, but we’re calling it early: This year, The Girl Before will be that book. The upcoming novel by author J. P. Delaney has all of the makings of a sexy murder mystery that is sure to hit the bestseller chart, and it already has the movie deal to prove it.”InStyle

“Delaney has created a genuinely eerie, fascinating setting in One Folgate Street. . . . The novel’s structure, volleying back and forth as first Emma and then Jane begin to question their improbable luck, is beautifully handled. The pages fly.”USA Today

“The house has a dark past and a landlord that’s anything but welcoming.”New York Post, one of the must-read books of the week

The Girl Before is deservedly anointed the ‘top girl’ of this season’s suspense novels.”The Washington Post

The Girl Before is a cat-and-mouse game that toys with our expectations and twists our sympathies. At times almost unbearably suspenseful, it keeps us guessing from the first page to the very last. Don’t miss it.”—Joseph Finder
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About the author

The Girl Before is the first psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. It is being published in thirty-five countries. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award–winning director Ron Howard.
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Ballantine Books
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Jan 24, 2017
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Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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«Por favor, faça uma lista de todos os bens que considera essenciais na sua vida.»

O pedido parece estranho, até intrusivo. É a primeira pergunta de um questionário de candidatura a uma casa perfeita, a casa dos sonhos de qualquer um, acessível a muito poucos.

A oportunidade de viver a vida perfeita... Mas a que preço?

Para as duas mulheres que respondem ao questionário, as consequências são devastadoras.

Bestseller do New York Times.


A tentar recuperar do final traumático de um relacionamento, Emma procura um novo lugar para viver. Mas nenhum dos apartamentos que vê é acessível ou suficientemente seguro. Atéque conhece a casa que fica no n.o 1 de Folgate Street. É uma obra-prima da arquitectura: desenho minimalista, pedra clara, muita luz e tectos altos. Mas existem regras. O arquitecto que projectou a casa mantém o controlo total sobre os inquilinos: não são permitidos livros, almofadas, fotografias ou objectos pessoais de qualquer tipo. O espaço está destinado a transformar o seu ocupante, e é precisamente o que faz...


Depois de uma tragédia pessoal, Jane precisa de um novo começo. Quando encontra o n.o 1 de Folgate Street, é instantaneamente atraída para o espaço - e para o seu sedutor, mas distante e enigmático, criador. É uma casa espectacular. Elegante, minimalista. Tudo nela é bom gosto e serenidade. Exactamente o lugar que Jane procurava para começar do zero e ser feliz. Depois de se mudar, Jane sabe da morte inesperada do inquilino anterior, uma mulher semelhante a Jane em idade e aparência. Enquanto tenta descobrir o que realmente aconteceu, Jane repete involuntariamente os mesmos padrões, faz as mesmas escolhas e experimenta o mesmo terror que A rapariga de antes.

Sobre A rapariga de antes:

«Suspense psicológico ao mais alto nível. Um thriller construído com inteligência.»

The Bookseller

«Original e viciante.»
The Times

«Fascinante. Surpresa e satisfação garantidas.»

«Um dos melhores thrillers que lerá este ano.»
New York Journal of Books

«A Rapariga de Antes merece o lugar cimeiro nos livros de suspense.»
The Washington Post

«A tensão é construída com subtileza, levando a um clímax devastador. Um thriller realmente inteligente.»

Daily Mail

«Um thriller altamente viciante que merece ser um dos grandes sucessos do ano.»

Daily Express

«Absorvente. JP Delaney descobre os segredos das personagens com precisão e elegância, até que a crua verdade sobre cada uma vem à luz.»

Publishers Weekly

La oportunidad de vivir la vida perfecta... Pero ¿a qué precio?

¿Y qué le pasó a LA CHICA DE ANTES?
Todo lo que tú tienes, antes fue de ella.

Por favor, haga una lista con todas las posesiones
que considere imprescindibles en su vida:
..... .............................................

Es una casa espectacular. Elegante, minimalista. Toda ella respira buen gusto y serenidad. Justo el lugar que Jane estaba buscando para empezar de cero y ser feliz.

Aunque lo extraordinario es que se la ofrecen por un alquiler irrisorio. Solo tiene que completar un peculiar formulario de solicitud y aceptar sin condiciones las reglas impuestas por su propietario y creador, un enigmático arquitecto.

Al poco de instalarse,Jane descubre que algo le pasó allí a la inquilina anterior, Emma. Y empieza a preguntarse si no estará repitiendo las mismas elecciones, los mismos errores, las mismas sospechas que la chica de antes.

¿Qué estás dispuesto a aceptar para poseer lo que nunca imaginaste?

Best seller de The New York Times y de The Sunday Times.
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Big Issue North

«Subyugante. [...] J.P.Delaney desentierra los secretos de los personajes con precisión y elegancia hasta que la cruda verdad de cada uno sale a la luz.»

Publishers Weekly

«Suspense psicológico de gran nivel [...] un thriller construido con inteligencia.»

The Bookseller

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Daily Mail

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Daily Express

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Bank Square Books y Savoy Bookshop & Cafe

«Me encantó esta novela. Me encantó la escritura. Me encantó la historia. Me encantó que tenga un final de verdad.»


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