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Before I Let You In

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  7,081 ratings  ·  544 reviews
The next gripping psychological thriller by the author of How I Lost You, Jenny Blackhurst’s #1 international bestseller, about a psychiatrist and patient relationship that turns not only toxic…but deadly.

Karen, Eleanor, and Bea have been best friends since childhood. They know everything about each other’s lives, or at least they think they do. Now in their thirties, thou
Paperback, 339 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Emily Bestler Books (first published August 28th 2016)
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Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen, Eleanor, and Bea have been best friends since they were little. Now in their thirties, they are all living very different lives. Karen has a serious boyfriend, Eleanor is married with children, and Bea is single.

But they are always there for each other. They know everything about each other.

Or at least ….they think they do.

The truth is they are all keeping secrets.

Eleanor loves being a mother, though she is still ge
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, netgalley, arc
Holy schmoly, man! Where have I been?! Jenny Blackhurst, you are one amazing writer! You know a book is good when you take the time to stop and thank the author on Facebook for putting out some stunning work, which is exactly what I did.

Fast-paced, addictive, suspenseful - couldn’t put it down, loved it all. And can we talk about cover love? Gorgeous!

A story about deep-seeded, long term friendship and how someone comes along who knows way more about them than they should - I’m not saying any mo
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 Oh My Stars! to Before I Let You In! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I saw an ecstatic teaser from my friend, Melisa, and knew I had to read Before I Let You In asap. Not only did I have it in my hot little hands the same day, I devoured it in 24 hours!

The scoop. Before I Let You In is about three close friends who seem to have it all. Bea is single and enjoying it. Eleanor is happily married with kids. Karen is a psychiatrist in a long-term relationship. One day, a new patient of Karen’s starts offering info
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
* Thank you to Netgalley and Headline publishing for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Hold The Front Page! Just when I thought the psychological thrillers I've been reading couldn't get any better - along comes 'Before I Let You In' and it just blows me away.

Karen, Eleanor and Bea have been close friends ever since starting school. Now, as adults, they still meet up for coffee on a regular basis, and keep in touch in between. Karen is the 'fixer', she has always assumed the role
Three best friends, Karen, Bea and Eleanor. They are always there for each other. In a heart-beat they’d drop whatever they’re doing to help. I mean, that’s what best friends do…right?

Karen is busy creating a successful psychiatrist practice, and another new client just walked through the door. Only this new client seems to want more than a therapy session from Karen. It’s not long before she realizes this patient will rock the foundation of the tight bonds between these 3 women.

Told from point
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016
So, apparently I've been living under a rock... since I've just now established this amazing author! Jenny Blackhurst is wonderful!!!!

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.... this book was Fantastical (Kendall doing her happy read dance right now :):)). Beautiful and glorious 5 stars for this one ladies and gents!!!

Just when I thought I wouldn't find a better psychological thriller.. "Before I let you In" came along and was a nicely wrapped present under my Christmas tree. WOW.. seriously this left me speechle
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it

I read Blackhurst's first novel last year and thoroughly enjoyed it; it was dark and twisty and emotional, all three things I look for in my psychological thrillers. Before I Let You In was another well written novel, and I think I would classify this more as a domestic drama than a thriller of sorts, but maybe this was characterized as such due to the nature of some of the more unsettling content. While I did have the mystery figured out fairly early on, the writing was solid and I fee
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Q: ‘Listen and help, doesn’t sound very proactive to me. Why is it that people pay you so much money just to act as a brick wall? What’s so special about you?’ (c)
Q: ‘You can’t fix me.’ (c)
Q: Aren’t we all quite the Pollyannas? (c)

Control's a big point in this novel. Control and obsession. Lots of those.

Karen... well, she's not a very good psychologist. She... basically has way too many issues of her own to be effective in this field. Many people will not agree with this POV but that's actually
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I loved the setup of the Psychiatrist analyzing the patient (who was at the same time analyzing the doctor). Whoa...

The doctors name is Karen and she is very close to her friends Bea and Eleanor. They are like three peas in a pod. Someone is playing tricks and mind games with them. Just who is the crazy one? The story spins off into many situations that leaves you wondering…. who it is. You know when you lose things and can’t find them, and end up feeling a little crazy, this is happening to the
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG Jenny Blackhurst. She's has climbed right to the top 10 of my personal charts for reading thrillers. After her last book I thought that was brilliant, and it was. This one was a topic of something else and it just bulldozed along.

Have you ever thought you were loosing your mind? Then put yourself into one of the three women who are the main characters in this book.
New baby, young child to take to school. Tired Mom.

Then there is Eleanor and Bea.

Karen is the one that fixes everything, except
This won Book of the Month on my blog for February 2017:

After having absolutely loved How I lost You, and talking anyone who would listen into reading it, I was a little nervous about this author’s second book. The first one was so good, could her second impress me anywhere near as much? In a word, YES! Before I Let You In is incredible, and now I want to tell everyone to read this one too.

This story focusses on three close friends, Karen, Bea and Eleanor,
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst is a psychological thriller that switches the point of view between three friends and an unknown threat. This book was one that as soon as I began reading I got totally caught up in and didn’t want to put the book down until the very last page.

Karen is a psychiatrist who has taken on a new patient that she begins to suspect has ulterior motives for choosing Karen as her doctor. Bea and Eleanor have been Karen’s best friends since childhood with the three b
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

CAN’T. STOP. READING. Those 3 little words popped into my head every time I had to go to sleep, make dinner or get to my workout! Jenny Blackhurst where have you been all my life? This is my first novel by her and I must say - I can’t wait to read more.

Before I Let You In was a fast-paced page turner that was not short on drama and suspense. Love the different POV chapters between the 3 best friends. Keeps you guessing until the end. I loved it! A must read for anyone who enjoys the ps
Louise Wilson
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three women who are in their 30's have been friends since nursery school. In fact they were inseparable.

Karen is the friend who fixes all their problems. She was the perfect one. She is a phychitrist and when she takes on a a new patient Jessica it seems the patient knows more about Karen and her friends than she should.

I did not and could not where this phycological thriller was taking me but oh how this pulled me in from the first page. I will definitely be adding this author to my favourites
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Geez, Before I Let You In kind of blew my mind 🤯! The story was fast paced and has an ending I did not see coming. I believe this will be out in April in the US but from all the 5 star reviews on Goodreads I just couldn’t wait. Thank you Book Depository lol

So what’s it about? Karen, Bea, and Eleanor have been the best of friends since childhood. Now, in their 30s they still meet up for lunches out or at each other’s homes. Eleanor is the new tired mom, easily forgetting things. Bea is the single
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 43%. Cheating, I hate cheating!!! What the Hell???

I wish there was a warning but no, I read 43% into the book and find this out.

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Seriously, I'm not happy about this!!!

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There goes my mystery!! No rating...
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: next
I'm not with the majority on this one, I didn't enjoy this book.

I felt the plot was way drawn out and could've been cut down by a good third. It felt repetitive at times and too far-fetched to be enjoyable. Even though I spent hours reading, I wasn't invested in these characters at all and didn't really care for what happened to them. The 'twist' was a let-down. It was truly a struggle to finish the book.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best things that came out of Crimefest 15 was that I met Jenny Blackhurst and went on to read her debut novel (May 2015).
I liked her as a person and I loved her as an author of How I Lost You. I have followed with some eagerness her writing career and waited for this her second novel expectently.
The thing about her writing is that she thinks of an incredible plot and then twists it so that a simple story we would readily recognise and identify with becomes a frightening maze without
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Karen. Eleanor. Bea.

Best friends since childhood who know everything about each other.

Or do they?

Karen is a psychiatrist and the one who usually takes care of the others-almost like a big sister.

But, what will happen when she takes on a new patient with issues she can’t quite figure out? And, how does this patient know so much about not only her, but also her two best friends?

Why did Jessica Hamilton seek her out when the first words she would say to Karen are “You can’t fix me”

Did she make
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-release
This was a page-turner!!! This was a juicy, well-written psychological thriller told from multiple points of view. (I'm a sucker for pretty much any and all books told in multiple points of view!) Its told between three friends and one unknown threat that keeps you guessing till the very end! The beginning started off a tad slow (thus my 4.5 star and not 5 star rating) but I promise it will pick up! This book was packed with so much drama intertwined with this trio of definitely kep ...more
Kim Ebner
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As far as I'm concerned, it's fairly rare to read a psychological thriller that isn't great. There's something about the twists and turns in the plot, the devious nature of some of the characters and the relationships between them, that just hook the reader. And let's not mention the often shocking twists that we are confronted with in the last pages! And so it was with this one.

This is a powerful story with lots of secrets between the
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fully twisted all the way. Karen a psychiatrist is happy doing her job fixing patients problems. The only problem for Karen is that she never knows who is walking through her door. But one patient knows more about Karen and her friends that are all like sisters.
Psychiatric Report
Jessica Hamilton. Age 23. Address Confidential. Medical history No diagnosed history of depression or generalised anxiety disorder. Family background unknown. Medication No medication at present. Referral Self- referra
Joanne Robertson
This book was on my wishlist from the minute it appeared on Amazon as I loved How I Lost You. But I have to say, after just this minute finishing Before I Let You In.....this is EVEN BETTER! What a twisted and devious mind Jenny Blackhurst must have! I just loved it!

The three women at the heart of this book have been best friends since school. Now in their thirties, their lives have taken quite different paths but they have remained very close. But when psychiatric Karen takes on a new patient,
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed ‘How I Lost You’, the debut thriller by Jenny Blackhurst, I was very much looking forward to this as soon as I saw it announced.

Karen Browning, Eleanor Whitney and Bea Parker have been friends for over thirty years. They went to university together, they know everything about each other’s lives, or at least they think they do.

Karen is a psychiatrist and it’s clear from the start that she sees herself as a ‘fixer’. She wants to be the one that the others go to when they have a prob
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Before I Let You In has to be one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year, it literally took my breath away. Jenny BlackHurst has written a very original and twisted tale that left my heart racing I’m pleased to say. Karen, Bea and Eleanor are the best of friends and have been since childhood, they know each other inside out or so they believe. When Karen a psychiatrist starts treating Jessica, a girl who seems to know things about Karen’s personal life and that of her friends ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It's her job, as a psychiatrist - and it's always been her role as a friend.

But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.

But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.

And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in . . .

I keep saying it has been an excellent year for psychological thrillers and here we go again. Before I Let You In is the second book, b
Tracy Fenton
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read and absolutely loved How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst I was very excited to read her new book Before I Let You In and even more delighted to know I was one of the first to read it. This gripping and tense psychological thriller tells the story of 3 best friends in their 30's who have been inseparable since nursery school. It's apparent from the opening chapter that something awful has happened but you don't find out what until the last page. I was gripped throughout and loved the d ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
This debut crime novel by Jenny Blackhurst is cleverly constructed and written, about the complex web of lies and secrets between 3 best friends. With twists and turns this keeps you gripped from the start and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to readers who love psychology thrillers. As a little note I would have liked a day/date with each or certain chapters (since it was only put on the first chapter) as I was a little confused to begin with of the timing but that in no way affected the story ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel has a lot of great reviews but for me it was just a mediocre reading. The plot is totally unbelievable, trick after trick to keep the reader off-track. Well, it didn’t work for me. After a promising star, I was fed up with such a disjointed way to try and keep the novel readable, which was absolutely not. There’s no way I can believe any of these characters, much less everything that happens to them. The final twist is almost laughable. Even so, the author managed to keep me reading u ...more
Melissa Souza
3.5 stars!!!

So, I decided to take a break from all the YA books that I've been reading recently and I decided to tackle a pyschological thriller instead. I honestly don't get the hype for this book. I mean it had some positives and negatives. So, at best, it was a rather average read for me. Let me elaborate further.

What got my attention was that this book involved a pyschiatrist and her relationship with an unstable patient. The book deals with three women who are in their 30s who are very clos
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