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Author: JP Delaney Narrator: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9780735286542
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Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, and the questions on the renter’s application intrusive, but Jane Cavendish is looking for a new beginning after a devastating personal tragedy. One Folgate Street is beautiful—a sleek, minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. It’s also a technological marvel, wired to learn an occupant’s routine and anticipate his or her needs. The home’s owner and architect, Edward Monkford, approves prospective renters in person—if he agrees to see them at all.

From the moment Jane meets Edward she’s drawn to him. Edward is confident, sexy, restrained, direct—a perfectionist with impeccable manners and expensive tastes. The interview feels charged, or is it just Jane’s imagination? Regardless, she must have done something right. Her application is accepted, and shortly after her move, Edward makes his. He and Jane become lovers. She feels herself letting go as the architect takes control. By design. There are rules, some of which Jane starts to break.

Jane soon learns about the previous tenant at One Folgate Street: Emma Matthews, who died under suspicious circumstances. Despite Edward’s protests, and for secret motives of her own, Jane starts digging into Emma’s damaged past, trying to untangle truth from lies and piece together the puzzle of Emma’s life—all the while following the same patterns, making the same choices, crossing paths with the same people, and experiencing the same terror, as the girl before.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Riveting! One of the most compelling page-turners I’ve read in years. Twisty, turny, and with an ending not to be missed!”

    Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • A January 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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    " This book was amazing! The storyline was so unique with twists throughout! I literally could NOT put this book down. Every chapter left me wanting more. Kudos to this new author in creating such a great thriller. "

About the Author

JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written best-selling fiction under other names. Delaney is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girl Before.

About the Narrators

Emilia Fox has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is an acclaimed and award-winning actress, most notably played the title role in the play Katherine Howard at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and Clara Copperfield in a television movie production of David Copperfield. In 2004 she began playing pathologist Nikki Alexander on the television series Silent Witness. In 2006 she garnered much praise for her role in the independent comedy-drama Cashback.

Finty Williams has worked extensively in theater, television, film, and audio. As a narrator, she has received multiple Earphones Awards and twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. Her stage credits include The Secret Life of Charlie Chaplin, Northanger Abbey, and The Misanthrope, while on television she has been seen in Born and Bred, Tales from the Crypt, and The Torch. Her films include Gosford Park, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Mrs. Brown.