Review: The Girl Before

The Girl Before
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley. Thank you to the author, J.P. Delaney, and the publisher for providing a free digital copy!

One of the best suspense thrillers I’ve read in a very long time. Can’t wait to see what this author writes in the future!

The lives of two women are interwoven when one rents out the other woman’s former high-tech residence. The town home was built by an architect who seeks to manipulate his renters’ behavior through architecture and technology (making it what we know as a “smart home”). The home’s occupants have to agree to all sorts of ridiculous stipulations about how they will behave in the home and how they will care for it. Soon, the home malfunctions and its occupants’ lives begin to unravel. The home, its designers, and its occupants are full of secrets and surprises – ones that will keep readers turning the pages of this book and not wanting to put it down.

There was nothing about this book that seemed forced or contrived. The dialogue flowed naturally and I could easily envision this book being turned into a suspenseful movie. There were many twists and turns that surprised me, but none of them unrealistic or untrue to the characters. The characters were all fully sketched out very well, so much so that by the end of the novel I was left desiring a sequel to the novel. The characters and their flaws seemed genuine and relatable.

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