Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?
For all fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl comes this spellbinding Hitchcockian thriller which takes psychological suspense to the next level
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.
The book flips between the previous tenant of One Folgate Street and the current tenant and their interaction with Edward the architect of the building they live in. There are so many similarities between the stories of the two girls that at times I got a little confused with which tenant's story was being told. That may be part of the hook into the book though.
The premise of the book is I think unique - I loved the idea of how someone would react to living in a minimalist house with exacting rules. At the end of each chapter there are also psychological questions - "what would you do if........" they were just as intriguing as the novel itself.
However the story was so riveting that was just a little blip in what was otherwise a fantastic read. There was just twist after twist, after twist. It's not too often I totally agree with a description of a book, but this one I must admit does give an accurate synopsis of what is in store for the reader.
At one point I exclaimed out loud "what now!" I just loved what I was reading. When you've read as many thrillers as I have it takes a lot to fool me - but this fascinating book had me hook line and sinker. There was just no point trying to second guess, because by the second half of the book it was moving so fast I was devouring it greedily to find out what had happened?, what was happening?
It's hard to review a book like this without spoilers - just to say the end of the book had me on the edge of my seat.
It says in the acknowledgements that it took the author 10 years to write this book. Whoever J P Delaney is they have a fascinating mind and I will be the first in line to read their next book.
I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book to review.