Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is an e-ARC from NetGalley with a release date of 1/24/17.  The Girl Before, by J. P. Delaney, is an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.







Beginning:  (THEN:  EMMA)

It’s a lovely little flat, the agent says with what could almost pass for genuine enthusiasm.  Close to the amenities.  And there’s that private bit of roof.  That could become a sun terrace, subject of course to the landlord’s consent.

Nice, Simon agrees, trying not to catch my eye.


56%:  (NOW:  JANE)

“I have to go away.”

“So soon?”  It’s only been a few weeks since Edward moved in.  We’ve been happy together.  I know it in my heart, but I also know it from the metrics, which Edward has been doing along with me.


Synopsis:  Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.


What do you think?  Do these lines grip you, draw you in?  Would you keep reading?






Was it fate that brought them together? Can there be two fates for a person in one lifetime? Auburn Reed and Adam were teenagers in love…and then he died.

Years later, Auburn is back in Dallas, Texas, where she had gone to be with Adam while he lay in the hospital dying. Why is she back? What made her leave Portland, where her family lived, when she hated Texas? Who is Lydia, and why does she seem to have a hold over Auburn?

We don’t find out the reasons for a while. But before we do, there is a moment when two more seemingly fated souls meet. Looking for a second job one day, Auburn stumbles upon a unique art studio. One which uses a very creative inspirational tool called confessions. Owen Gentry runs the studio, and hires Auburn for one event. He explains the use of “confessions” in his work.

There is something extra that connects them from the very first moments; something more than just the fact that they both have the middle name “Mason,” which gives Owen the quirky initials OMG. Something indescribable. But it feels real.

Watching the two of them over the course of only a couple of days felt a little like seeing “insta-love” unfold, except for the fact that they aren’t labeling it. They are comfortable with each other, can talk for hours, and they just connect.

The secrets they are keeping and how there is more to their stories kept me reading, hoping to find out all the details. The tension arises as we discover the connections between the characters, and realize the hold that Lydia and her son Trey have over Auburn. I hated them both from the beginning, and seeing their antics and how they managed to control Auburn made me want to throw something at them.

Portions of Confess moved slowly for me, but then the tension ratcheted up, and in the end, I was turning pages so quickly, rooting for Auburn and Owen, and sending hate vibes to Trey and Lydia…and then, with relief, I was brought back to earth by the final reveal. 4 stars.

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