The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (Sampler)

I’m about to have a full blown, fists-flying, feet-drumming-on-the-floor tantrum. Why? Because I want to read this book.

I’m a sucker for a thriller with a unique premise, and The Girl Before certainly met the mark. Our heroine is Jane, recently unemployed and in need of a drastic change after losing her unborn daughter. Along comes a property that sounds too good to be true – the ultra minimalist, high-tech, low-rent architect’s dream, One Folgate Street. There are a few slight drawbacks – a strict list of rules imposed by the landlord (no changes, no cushions, no rugs, no mess – and most horrifyingly of all no books, the madman) …oh, and the previous tenant died in the house under mysterious circumstances. So par for the course for the London property market really.

I applied for an advance review copy via NetGalley, and although unsuccessful, publishers Quercus were kind enough to supply a sampler. I tore through it this evening and realised with much anguish that the full novel isn’t released until February.

I’m not saying The Girl Before is the best thing since sliced bread, because frankly I don’t have enough to go on. The sampler is more of a crust, if you will. But it’s got me hungry for the rest of the… sandwich??? (Cut me some slack, I’m trying). Granted, the mysterious uber-rich landlord and his 10,000 rules so far has a touch of the Christian Grey about him, and the book does commit my number one cardinal sin of ‘for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl’ (dear publishers, every time you do this, an angel loses its wings.) But I’m still very much looking forward to the rest of the novel, and will be awaiting its publication in keen anticipation.

EDIT: I’m such a dumb-butt. I wasn’t rejected for a review copy at all – I just applied for the sampler instead of the full book, and mixed it up in my head with a different rejection ;_;. Having realised the error of my ways, I’ve now applied for the full book and am keeping my fingers and toes crossed. Oops!

[Read on 28 November 2016]

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