Monday, February 13, 2017

The Girl Before Review

 The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney with review by Tomes and Tequila Book Blog
Giant pet peeve...people giving away too much information about a book in their book reviews. 

I try so very hard to not give away too much information when I'm writing about a book. I want to give you an idea of how the book feels but I definitely don't want to give you so much of the plot that there's zero build-up of tension as to where it's going...or you feel you know the characters too well before they're even introduced. If you ever feel like I've gone over the line...please tell me. I don't want to be a book spoiler.

I think I read too many reviews about The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney before I picked it up. I was looking for similarities to other books due to a few reviews, and really second guessing my personal take on characters because people were just putting too much of the plot in their reviews without that giant SPOILER WARNING sign at the beginning to warn me away! If it's a suspenseful thriller book, maybe don't put so much of the twists and turns in your reviews folks...

So watch me try and get you intrigued without giving anything away...because despite knowing a little too much before picking this book up, I still enjoyed it, and it looks like Ron Howard plans on making a movie out of it so chances are this book will have some staying power. 

The Girl Before tells the story of a house in London, the Architect who built it, and two very different women who reside there.

Edward Monkton is the uber-minimalistic and more than a little neurotic architect who designed the house at One Folgate Street. In order to live there one must abide by a very strict set of rules and answer and insanely personal set of questions on a regular basis. But the payoff is cheap rent and a house full of cutting edge gadgets designed to make you live a better life.

Jane has just lived through a very personal tragedy and needs a major change in her life. In comes One Folgate Street and Edward Monkton. But when she hears about the girl who lived in the house before her, Emma...and her untimely death...she is intrigued. They lived in the same house, slept with the same man, appear to look very similar. Despite being warned off, she can't help but try to get to the bottom of the mystery of what happened to The Girl Before.

*insert creepy mystery music here*

The book alternates chapters between Emma and Jane, showing both the similarities and the vast differences between the two women who live in this crazy minimalist residence. There are times it feels like the book is just toying with you...trying to make you like one more than the other, and then switching things up to make you change your mind. In the end I can't say I liked any of the characters really...but I was definitely intrigued by the whole thing.

I won't go into which books this one has been compared to because I honestly didn't think they were valid comparisons. If you have sex in a book they compare it to one. You have a twist in it and they compare it to another. I don't think it's fair really.

But it does have some sexy stuff in it, so if that's not your thing I'd pass on this one. It also covers some very sensitive subjects such as rape, miscarriage, and abuse. Honestly I think it would make an interesting book club selection just for the sheer amount of conversation fodder. Due to the sensitive subject matter and my own personal experiences, one of the characters pissed me off so thoroughly I was practically yelling at the book. Take from that what you least you know it was written well enough to invoke some serious emotion!

I'm rounding this 3.5 up to a 4 stars. If it's important to like your characters a lot, this one might not be for you...but I thought it was a fairly solid suspenseful thriller. Not a straight-up whodunnit, but enough of one to hopefully satisfy those who are fond of that genre. Plus it was a fairly quick read.

Have you read any terrific new books lately? If so, let me know in the comments here or over on my Facebook page. I'm always looking for more to add to my TBR pile!!

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