The Girl Before
|Normally after I finish reading a book, I wait a day or two…or more, before reviewing. I have only jumped out of bed to write a review after finishing a book maybe twice. This makes the third. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
I thought I was done with reading books with the word GIRL in the title. Honestly, most books deemed to be the next Gone Girl, don’t live up to the hype. Even if they contain that one magical word in the title.
Two women are the lucky winners so to speak, to live in One Folgate Street. Jane is suffering a horrible loss and is lucking for a fresh start. Despite the agents seemingly hesitation at showing the property, Jane is wanting it to be here new beginning. She is not one to be scared off and willingly agrees to live up to the architects expectations. Edward is a man of minimal needs. He is essentially Christian Grey with the desire for perfection. He designs all of this buildings with a clear idea of what it’s inhabitants will be like.
This book is going on my favorites list right away. The author’s ability to bring the characters to life is…insane. You can tell they are well versed, well traveled, and do an abundance of research. The descriptions of the house, the characters…even the food, made me not wanting to put the book down. When I got close to the end of the book, I started getting increasingly anxious…because I hate when a great book ends!
This book does include a lot….a lot….of very sensitive subjects. There were times I did struggle to read it, but the subject matter, though grim, just added to the characters. This book was an amazing mashup of Fifty Shades of Grey (even though I never read it, nor saw the movie, I’ve heard plenty about it) and also despite there actually being technology like this now, the Disney Channel Original Movie “Smart House”. Yes. I went there.