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Published by Quercus, 26 January 2017. ISBN: 978-1-78648-029-3 (HB). 978-1-78648-028-6
‘Please make a list of every possession you
consider essential to your life’
An odd, even intrusive request from
your prospective landlord, and for each of the two women who answer it months
apart, the consequences are devastating.
First there is Emma, who, trying to
come to terms with a traumatic break-in at her previous flat, wants a new place
to live. She finds One Folgate Street. A minimalist haven of pale stone, plate
glass and high, soaring ceilings. But the enigmatic man who designed it wants
full control over his tenants - no photos, no personal clutter of any kind, and
a defined set of rules to live by.
Then later there is Jane. After a
personal tragedy she needs a fresh start and is drawn to the now empty One
Folgate Street. Moving in, she learns of the untimely death of the house's
previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age. As Jane tries to untangle
truth from lies, she treads the same path and makes the same unwise choices and
experiences the same terror as the girl before.
They both enter the world of One
Folgate Street and discover perfection….but can they pay the price?
Told from the points of view of Emma
(Before) and Jane (After), The Girl
Before twists and turns and confounds expectations. In One Folgate Street,
J.P. Delaney has created an eerie, compelling setting, and one which reflects
the calculating and cold nature of its architect, the attractive and enigmatic
Edward Monkford. The characters are well-drawn and the chilly, minimalist
atmosphere of One Folgate Street is beautifully conveyed. The book is a
haunting portrayal of obsessive behaviour with a large dollop of unreliable
memories, meddling psychologists, toxic relationships and sexual domination.
A slick and polished thriller that
really stands out in a crowded market. Bravo, J.P. Delaney!
is the pseudonym of an author who has previously written award-winning fiction
under other names.
Mary-Jane Riley wrote her first story on her newly acquired
blue Petite typewriter. She was eight. It was about a gang of children who had
adventures on mysterious islands, but she soon realised Enid Blyton had
cornered that particular market. So she wrote about the Wild West instead. When
she grew up she had to earn a living, and became a BBC radio talk show
presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but also
some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get in the
way of a good story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines and small
presses. She formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get
their message across using their life stories. Now she is writing psychological
suspense, drawing on her experiences in journalism. The Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley was
published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads. Her second book, After She Fell, also published by Killer Reads, is out on April