Announcing April Book Club: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Announcing April Book Club: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

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We are excited to announce that the next Better Reading Book Club will be discussing the exhilarating, bestselling thriller The Girl Before by JP Delaney!

It will be hosted at 8pm (AEST) on Wednesday 26 April. Not only will it be streamed live on our Facebook page but we will also have a live audience in our Camperdown office! Come along, have a drink, and join the conversation about the thriller on everyone’s lips.

Hosting the evening is our very own Cheryl Akle, who will be joined on the panel by two brilliant, bestselling Australian authors: Rachael Johns and Katherine Scholes!

If you haven’t been a part of our Facebook live Book Club before, this is how it works: tune in to our Facebook page from wherever you are – at home with a cup of tea, a glass of wine, a box of chocolates – and enter the discussion by asking questions or making comments on the live streaming video. We will read your questions out and the panel will answer them!

About The Girl Before by JP Delaney

‘Dazzling . . . a pitch-perfect psychological thriller’ – Lee Child.

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

JP Delaney is the pseudonym of an author who has previously written award-winning fiction under other names.

Read about why we loved The Girl Before so much!

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                      Publisher details

                      The Girl Before
                      Author
                      JP Delaney
                      Publisher
                      Quercus
                      Genre
                      Thriller
                      Released
                      31 January, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      Why we love it: JP Delaney delivers a disturbing and utterly addictive psychological thriller about the price of perfection and the enduring power of obsession.After a failed burglary attempt left her shaken, Emma is determined to move out of the apartment she shares with her boyfriend Simon to feel safe again. After none of the properties they've seen quite meet her requirements, the real estate agent shows them the distinctive and unusual house at One Folgate Street. Spellbound by the beautiful apartment with its minimalistic style, impressive architectural design and intuitive technological features, Emma and Simon immediately apply. Although there's a long and incredibly specific list of restrictions and rules to living in such a house, they know they have to at least try to make this incredible property their home.After an interview with the gorgeous and enigmatic architect Edward, the couple are approved and prepare to move in. Emma feels like One Folgate Street is the perfect place to start fresh, and to finally let go of the past. Yet not long after they've moved in, Emma and Simon's relationship starts to come apart at the seams - and the house, and Edward, start to play a larger role in their lives than they could have expected.While Emma's story is unfolding in the past, we also fast-forward a few years and meet Jane in the present day. After the heartbreaking death of her unborn baby, Jane decides she can't live in the apartment that was meant to be their home and stumbles across the rental opportunity of a lifetime. When her real estate agent shows her the sleek and starkly designed house at One Folgate Street, Jane is immediately smitten, and not put off by the stringent rental conditions that means very few people have ever actually lived in the property. After moving in, Jane discovers that the previous tenant - Emma - was mysteriously found dead, and to make matters worse, Emma's appearance is quite similar to her own. Intrigued, Jane begins to investigate, as she too finds her life entangled with Edward, and more secrets come to light, Jane starts to fear that she may meet the same fate as the girl before her...Emma's story in the past and Jane's in the present are entwined throughout, so both mirror each other beautifully (and terrifyingly). When Jane discovers something new in the modern day, you then dive back into the past with Emma to pick up the clues Jane is looking for. The Girl Before portrays obsession in a creepy and fascinating way, and once it becomes dangerous, the book is impossible to put down. With a likeness to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this book takes you deep into the characters - all disasters in their own way - and allows you to piece together the impossible puzzle JP Delaney has left for us to solve.The narrative is built in a way that lulls you into a false sense of confidence. You may think you know these characters, you get where the story is going, you've cracked the case - and you'll be dead wrong. With twist after twist, you will be left reeling practically right up until the very last sentence, with one final reveal that genuinely won't be what you expect (trust us). It's no big surprise that the film rights have already been snapped up by Universal Studios.So if you're after a leisurely read that you can dip in and out of, this is not it. If you are a reader who likes to take their time, we apologise in advance - you will finish this book in a matter of days. The time you spend with Emma and Jane in One Folgate Street won't be easily forgotten, and will stay with you long after you've hastily turned the final page.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ykp0IRkku0&spfreload=10
                      JP Delaney
                      About the author

                      JP Delaney

                      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 publis hed in thirty-five countries. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.

                      Books by JP Delaney

                      Katherine Scholes
                      About the author

                      Katherine Scholes

                      Katherine Scholes was born in Tanzania, East Africa, the daughter of a missionary doctor and an artist. She has fond memories of travelling with her parents and three siblings on long safaris to remote areas where her father operated a clinic from his Land Rover. When she was ten, the family left Tanzania, moving first to England and then settling permanently in Tasmania. As an adult, Katherine moved to Melbourne with her film-maker husband. The two worked together for many years, writing books and making films. They have now returned to Tasmania, where they live on the edge of the sea with their two sons. Katherine is the author of four international bestsellers: The Rain Queen, Make Me An Idol, The Stone Angel, The Hunter's Wife andThe Lioness.

                      Books by Katherine Scholes

                      Rachael Johns
                      About the author

                      Rachael Johns

                      Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a supermarket owner by day, a mum 24/7, and a writer by night. She lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training.At 17 she began writing, enlightened by the thought that she could create whatever ending she liked, and almost a decade later, after many, many attempts at writing different types of novels, she joined the Romance Writers of Australia association.It was there that Rachael learnt there was more to writing a book than just typing out random thoughts. She learnt about the craft, conflict, consistent characters, etc, and also discovered that she LOVED contemporary romance!She is the author of The Kissing Season, Tease Me, Cowboy, Man Drought, JiltedOutback Dreams, Outback Blaze, Outback Ghost, The Next Season (ebook), and The Road to Hope.

                      Books by Rachael Johns

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                      1. Jill Richardson says:

                        I didnt really understand the ending. Did Jane keep Toby? I assume she did although the discussion with Edward led you to believe that she agreed with him it was best to give him up. A tad confusing.