the-girl-beforeApsychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.

A damaged young woman gets the unique opportunity to rent a one-of-a-kind house. When she falls in love with the sexy, enigmatic architect who designed it, she has no idea she is following in the footsteps of the girl who came before: the house’s former tenant.

The eerie parallels in the two girls’ lives lay bare an enthralling story…and make this novel the must-read thriller of the season.

One Folgate Street is the house that Edward Monkford and his partner David Thiel designed and built to collect metadata on how people live. In doing so the author has allowed himself a bit of fun in imaging the buildings of the future, how they might be planned and how they might play a role in our own lives for better or worse.

When flowers begin arriving at the house and Jane (the current tenant) finds a card “Emma, I will also love you” she decides to go on her own search. Everyone has baggage and sometimes it comes back to haunt you and sometimes it determines what happens.

There is a very small political statement about the lack of spending on NHS that I felt the author wanted it slot in his own message.  There’s a bit of fun with a moral quiz running through it

At the heart of the story is a (narassatic) sociopath and what you as the reader have to decide is which one of them it is. None of the lead characters are nice people and it’s near on impossible to like or bond with them.

Probably a slightly week ending, which some loose strands left handing, but I can’t say more without spoiling it for you.


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