Audiobook Review, Thriller

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl BeforeThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So admittedly, when I checked out this audiobook from the library I honestly had no clue what it was about. Let’s just say I was judging books by their covers when I was scrolling through the list of available titles (gasp!). So what a pleasant surprise that the book I just kind of stumbled upon turned out to be so good!

I started listening to the audiobook on my Nashville-typical, traffic-ridden drive to work, and the narrators (Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, and Lise Aagaard Knudsen) grabbed my attention right away! So much so that I didn’t want to get out of my car when I finally pulled into the parking garage an hour later. They really captured the essence of each of the three main characters throughout the entirety of the story. And J.P. Delaney’s writing made the book come alive.

The story centers around Jane and Emma, and their parallel lives living within the confines of 1 Folgate Street, an architectural marvel designed by Edward Monkford. The low cost of rent for living in the sleek, technologically-enhanced house seems too good to be true, until they learn of Monkford’s unusual rules that one must follow in exchange for taking up residence. In the beginning, the women’s lives took an almost identical path, but as the story continues, their lives start to diverge in very different directions, and they may find that things are not always as they appear.

So the most shocking part of this book… It kind of took a Fifty Shades of Grey turn (minus the whole bondage thing) about a third of the way through that I was totally not expecting. Monkford’s demeanor and domineering attitude gave me a little bit of a Christian Grey vibe which was an interesting aspect of his character. Totally was not expecting it, but I dug it.

Film Title: Fifty Shades Freed

As far as the ending is concerned, I can’t say that I was blown away by the first big “surprise” at the end, but the final few minutes of the book caught me totally off guard. And the ending was done brilliantly, with a touch of mystery to consider even after the audio stopped rolling.

If you’re looking for something “just a little bit different,” this is your book.

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