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review 2017-07-05 20:34
J. P. Delaney: The Girl Before
The Girl Before: A Novel - JP Delaney

In his debut novel J. P. Delaney's characters enter in to a life changes in the search of perfections:

Make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life? How does one answer that question and it is a strange question to ask to someone who is looking to rent One Folgate Street, but it appeals to Emma (Before) and Jane (After). Here lies the intertwining story of two women at One Folgate Street and how the past can affect the present and people can find themselves walking the same path as those before them even if they know it will have deadly consequences.

This is a debut novel for Delaney however, it does not read like one. I found the story was interesting, with fairly well developed characters that kept me guessing and switching my opinion till the very end. (After writing this I found out that J. P. Delaney is a pseudonym for another author, but I was unable to find which author it was for, which I was able to find out was Tony Strong who I am not familiar with).

As I cannot seem to get away from this genre this year I have another Domestic Suspense read under my belt. How does this differ from the other ones I have read this year or does this add anything new to this up and coming genre, I'm glad you asked, as this book takes the manipulation factor to the hilt. And it is not just unknowingly being manipulated the two main female characters Jane and Emma, enter in to a tenant lease and relationship that they know is going to be full on manipulation as really this is one of the rules that comes with living in the house. I think this is what drew me in to the book. How could these women want to be manipulated like this, why stay especially Jane when she learned what happened to Emma. This book just has an overall odd/strange feeling to it as you try to understand both Emma, Jane and One Folgate Street that keeps you turning the pages.

I find the house is one of the interesting aspects within the book. It is stark clean lines, everything has its place and must be there when not in use. Delaney does a perfect juxtaposition between the clean well maintained house and the idea of perfecting the messy lives of the human race. It is also interesting to see how the house affects Jane and Emma differently as you go back and forth between their points of view (Emma: Before, Jane: After), which in my opinion was the best way to tell this story.

When I started this book I thought I was getting a mystery type of book, but some where in the middle is some how it turned in to 50 shades of grey (well at least I think 50 shades of grey as I've never read the series), well 50 shades of grey but with some murder. I guess you can attribute this to the manipulation and domination that Simon has and wants to have over Emma and Jane, I just was not expecting it.

 

Overall I enjoyed this book, even though it was not exactly what I thought it would be. This book is all about the manipulation within relationships and who is manipulating who, so with that I do not know if it will appeal to everyone. I look forward to seeing what Delaney can come up with next.

Enjoy!!!

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text 2017-06-09 17:27
The Girl Before - DNF
The Girl Before - Rena Olsen,Brittany Pressley,Penguin Audio

This is one of the books my mother picked using our Audible credits. She loved it, and apparently a lot of other people did, too. I stuck with it long enough to realize that the awful first-person-present-tense style was not just for effect in the prologue, but a stylistic choice for the entire book. 

 

And unlike the last book I just reviewed, it is not compelling enough to allow me to look past the FPPT. DNF. Didn't listen to enough to rate it.

 

Audiobook, via Audible. Brittany Pressly's reading seemed okay, but the quavery voice she's using likely would have annoyed me over the course of an entire book, if she doesn't move on from it once her character is out of the immediate situation. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-05 07:34
The Girl before
The Girl Before: A Novel - JP Delaney

€ 14,99 [D]* inkl. MwSt. 

€ 16,90 [A]* |  CHF 21,90* 

(* empf. VK-Preis) 

Hörbuch MP3-CD (gek.)ISBN: 978-3-8445-2543-4

 

NEU 

Erschienen: 25.04.2017 

 

Nach einem Schicksalsschlag braucht Jane dringend einen Neuanfang. Daher überlegt sie nicht lange, als sie die Möglichkeit erhält, in ein hochmodernes Haus in London zu ziehen. Trotz der strengen Regeln – keine eigenen Möbel, ein Computer überwacht, was sie anzieht und was sie isst – ist sie fasziniert. Genauso wie von Edward, dem Besitzer und Architekten des Hauses. Doch bald erkennt Jane, dass sie ihrer verstorbenen Vormieterin Emma erschreckend ähnlich sieht. Sie lebt und liebt wie sie. Sie vertraut den gleichen Menschen. Und sie nähert sich der gleichen Gefahr.

 

Meine Meinung:

Ich bin durch den interessanten Titel auf dieses Buch/Hörbuch aufmerksam geworden. In diesem Fall habe ich mich für das Hörbuch entschieden, da mir die Sprecher sämtlich bekannt sind. Vielen Dank noch einmal an den Hörverlag, der mir dieses Hörbuch zu Rezensionszwecken zur Verfügung gestellt hat. 

 

Zu den Sprechern kann ich sagen, dass ich sie als sehr passend empfunden habe. Ich hatte aber insgesamt bei dieser Geschichte das Problem, dass ich mit den Protagonisten durcheinander gekommen bin, da es immer in zwei Zeitsträngen erzählt wurde, einmal Emma damals und einmal Jane heute. Die verschiedenen Stimmen konnten es mir leider auch nicht leichter machen, da sich Emma und Jane sehr ähnlich waren.

 

Ich fand Emmas Geschichte auch wesentlich interessanter als die von Jane, so dass ich einfach wissen wollte, was damals mit Emma passiert. So ist man immer an der Geschichte dran geblieben. 

 

Die Auflösung kam für mich nicht so wirklich überraschend, dieses hatte sich schon anfangs abgezeichnet. Auch hatte das Buch einige Längen, so dass es sich für mich etwas gezogen hat. 

 

Alles in allem hat mir die Geschichte nur mäßig gefallen, wie ich es auch schon geschildert habe. Es gibt mit Sicherheit auch begeisterte Leser/Hörer, aber mich konnte es leider nicht wirklich begeistern. Von mir bekommt das Hörbuch 3,5 Sterne. 

 
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review 2017-03-22 00:00
The Girl Before: A Novel
The Girl Before: A Novel - JP Delaney Everyone is nutters in this book. Everything is mysterious. It goes between past and present. There's an apartment, two girls (one that lived and one that now lives) in the apartment, an owner who has a sex thing with them both, an ex boyfriend and then a some randoms. It's all twisty. The story seems to be saying this guy killed the first girl, then this other guy killed her, or maybe see committed suicide. You eventually find out what really happened, and I stick by the first sentence. Everyone is nutters in this book.
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review 2017-03-21 14:09
The Girl Before Book Review
The Girl Before: A Novel - JP Delaney

Probably more of a 2.5 start reviewed than a 3 star. I will give it credit, it kept me interested until the end, I wanted to know just how Emma died. But this book, these characters and the relationship are all so messed up I don't really know what to think. It was hard to like any of them, Edward is a control freak, Jane made me want to slap her on several occasions, Emma was a psychopath and Simon was probably the most likeable but for obvious reasons...

 

Jane can't afford rent so when she finds the house on Folgate street she knows she has to take it. But there are rules, no kids being just one of them. The house has all the latest gadgets and then there's Edward, the creator. But what they didn't tell Jane before she decided to live there was that Emma, a girl who lived there before was killed in the house, possibly murdered.

 

This book goes back and forth from Jane (now) and Emma (then). It was interesting to see the differences in how each woman lived in the house. But really, this book is like Smart House meets Fifty Shades. And its all kinds of messed up.

 

Kinda spoilery:

 

There were parts that made me really angry, for instance (and I may be getting political here), if you are having unprotected sex and aren't able to handle having a child with autism you SHOULDN'T be having sex. A child with autism is not an excuse to go running and have an abortion. Jane made me so mad here I almost stopped listening it.

 

It's a book you are either going to love or hate depending on your reading style.

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