Number One Folgate Street seems the perfect place to live, cheap to rent and in a good location, however it is no ordinary house. Designed by an award winning architect, and run by technology to live there is to be part of an experience; to live a minimalist lifestyle and live by hundreds of rules. For Jane it seems the perfect place to start again after loosing her baby, a chance to de clutter her life. After moving in she looks into the life of the previous tenant, Emma who died a mysterious death in the property. The more she delves into the past the more she sees the similarity between Emma and herself; is she going to meet the same end as the girl before.
This is a well written original read. The narrative goes between Emma’s story in the past and Jane’s in the present from when they move into One Folgate Street. I was fascinated by the idea of a house run by technology that adapts to the current tenant and in turn adapts the tenant to the house. Delaney is clever with his plot in that the house is a character in its own right and one that is a suspect in the death of Emma, a place not to be trusted with its technology. There is a verisimilitude to the characters, they are flawed, vulnerable and face difficulties in life that many can relate to. I found they gained my empathy to the situations they found themselves in.
The plot itself is original, and compelling; each chapter is left just at that point an important piece of the puzzle is to be revealed, so it is a hard book to put down. It is full of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged up until the last page. A real creepy, spine tingling read in parts with thrills a plenty. I think this is going to be one of the best reads this year, I highly recommend it.