“Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.”
Published in 2017 and recently adapted for the BBC, The Girl Before by JP Delaney follows two women, Emma and Jane, who, three years apart, move in to the architectural masterpiece that is One Folgate Street – a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. Emma is reeling from a traumatic break-in, and Jane is seeking a fresh start after a personal tragedy, so each feel comforted by the safety that the house offers. 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.