Book Review // The Girl Before by JP Delaney
This is going to be a quick review! I really wanted to LOVE this book, but it just fell short of expectation for me. When I was reviewing titles on NetGalley the description of The Girl Before stood out and I really wanted the opportunity to read it, but I think for me the hype was placing this read on the same pedestal at Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, which for me it was not.
I really did like the story! Yes, even after only a 3 star review. I was drawn to the mystery of this pristine home where rules applied to applicants that wanted to live within its white walls. The synopsis offered mystery and suspense – everything I love in reading. I was carried and enveloped by this unfolding mystery; I wanted to understand what happened to the girl before – Emma – and how Jane almost falls into the same trap.
And a side note on what I like… this book is being made into a movie. This is one time where I hope the visual is more interesting than the book.
I wasn’t hiding my eyes! You know how when you’re hiding behind the pillow or blanket while watching a scary movie? I want to feel that when reading a mystery novel and really wanted to feel that while reading The Girl Before, I just didn’t. The story itself had mystery, however, while reading I was never in suspense turning the page. The Girl Before was a flat read.
I’m sad that I’m split for The Girl Before because there’s not a lot to say. I really wanted it to live up to my expectation, it just fizzled for me. I think two things may have made this read better – 1) Allowing it to stand on it’s own – meaning others not comparing it to Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, and 2) Listening it to as an audio-book. I really do think this is a book that would be served better listening to it be brought to life! For me 3 out of 5 stars.
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.