The Girl Before Review


  • Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing.
  • In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara’s fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents. We see her now, sequestered in an institution, questioned by men and women who call her a different name – Diana – and who accuse her husband of unspeakable crimes. As recollections of her past collide with new revelations, Clara must question everything she thought she knew to come to terms with the truth of her history and to summon the strength to navigate her future.

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This book weaves a tale that it won’t be easy to forget. It pulls you in to its dark world before you’re aware of the darkness, and then it won’t let you go. Haunting and powerful.By Sally A. Spencer

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Product Details

Author: Rena Olsen
Audible Audio Edition
Kindle Price: Library Binding $26.95, Paperback $9.78, Audible $0.00
Listening Length: 12 hours and 23 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Penguin Audio Release Date: August 9, 2016
Language: English
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36 in Books