The Girl Before

8 CDs. 10 hrs. Books on Tape. Jan. 2017. ISBN 9780735286559. $40. digital download. F
Jane was looking for a fresh start, which included a new place to live. She finds an interesting rental home at One Folgate Street, which is an extraordinary work of modern art and comes with extreme rules for occupancy. The home's mysterious creator and owner is as austere as his house and promises Jane that the space will transform her. Jane had no idea how her life would change, nor did she realize that she wasn't the first woman to occupy the space whose tenancy changed her forever. At some point in the past, Emma had lived there and experienced a similar "transformation" and terror. Delaney's narrative flows well, with the story alternating between Jane and Emma, pointing out the parallel nature of their lives and simultaneously building suspense. Performers Emilia Fox and Finty Williams do excellent work in their tandem storytelling.
VERDICT Readers who enjoy the work of Paula Hawkins and Ruth Ware will want this title. ["Will consume psychological thriller enthusiasts and keep them thinking long after the final page": LJ Xpress Reviews 12/16/16 starred review of the Ballantine hc.]
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