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J.P. Delaney is the pseudonym of Ugandan-born British award-winning author Anthony Capella.

The author has published his books under multiple pen names, including Anthony Strong, Tony Strong and J.P. Delaney, as well as his real name.

Although he has written several books under different pen names, the author is most notably known for his novels, The Food of Love (2004), and The Wedding Officer (2006).

Both written under his real name, the two novels have been optioned for film, with the former getting translated into nineteen languages.

The Girl Before (2017), written under the pseudonym J.P. Delaney, has also received a film adaptation.

Delaney holds a degree in English Literature from St Peters College, Oxford.

More about J.P. Delaney

Genres: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

United Kingdom

Pseudonym: J.P. Delaney, Anthony Strong, Tony Strong


Non Series

  • The Girl Before (2017)
  • Believe Me (2018)
  • The Perfect Wife (2019)
  • Playing Nice (2020)
  • My Darling Daughter (2022)
  • The New Wife (2023)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Girl Before

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.


Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. 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.


After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

The Girl Before (TV Miniseries)
Director: Lisa Brühlmann
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Jessica Plummer, Ben Hardy, Ian Conningham, Amanda Drew, Mark Stanley, Rakhee Thakrar, Ben Addis, Kayla Meikle, Daniela Pasquini
Author: J.P. Delaney
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0425285060
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Believe Me

Claire Wright is desperate. A British drama student in New York without a green card, she takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pickup in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands. But then the game changes.

When one of her targets becomes the suspect in a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting chops to lure him into a confession. From the start, she questions the part she’s being asked to play: Is Patrick Fogler a killer? Or is there more to this setup than she’s being told?

Claire will soon realize she is playing the deadliest role of her life.

NB: Previously published as The Decoy under the name Tony Strong.

Author: J.P. Delaney
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1524799342
Publisher: Ballantine Books
The Perfect Wife

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins to question her husband’s motives—and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .


Author: J.P. Delaney
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1524796761
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Playing Nice

Pete Riley answers the door one morning and lets in a parent’s worst nightmare. On his doorstep is Miles Lambert, a stranger who breaks the devastating news that Pete’s son, Theo, isn’t actually his son—he is the Lamberts’, switched at birth by an understaffed hospital while their real son was sent home with Miles and his wife, Lucy. For Pete, his partner Maddie, and the little boy they’ve been raising for the past two years, life will never be the same again.

The two families, reeling from the shock, take comfort in shared good intentions, eagerly entwining their very different lives in the hope of becoming one unconventional modern family. But a plan to sue the hospital triggers an official investigation that unearths some disturbing questions about the night their children were switched. How much can they trust the other parents—or even each other? What secrets are hidden behind the Lamberts’ glossy front door? Stretched to the breaking point, Pete and Maddie discover they will each stop at nothing to keep their family safe.

They are done playing nice.

Author: J.P. Delaney
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0593356661
Publisher: Random House
My Darling Daughter

The child you never knew knows all your secrets . . .

Out of the blue, Susie Jukes is contacted on social media by Anna, the girl she gave up for adoption fifteen years ago.

But when they meet, Anna's home life sounds distinctly strange to Susie and her husband Gabe. And when Anna's adoptive parents seem to overreact to the fact she contacted them at all, Susie becomes convinced that Anna needs her help.

But is Anna's own behavior simply what you'd expect from someone recovering from a traumatic childhood? Or are there other secrets at play here - secrets Susie has also been hiding for the last fifteen years?

Author: J.P. Delaney
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1529423327
Publisher: Hachette Books
The New Wife

When Finn Hensen gets a call from his sister Jess to say their father has died, neither is heartbroken. Their parents divorced many years ago, after which their father, Jimmy, continued to live a bohemian lifestyle in sun-soaked Mallorca, while his family returned to the UK.

Ownership of his home, a beautiful but dilapidated farmhouse in the mountains, now passes to Finn and his sister. The only problem is that Jimmy recently remarried for the third time, and his new wife, Ruensa, is still living there.

The pair agree that Finn should go to Mallorca and tactfully take possession of their inheritance. When he arrives, however, Finn is surprised to find that Finca Siquia has been completely transformed into a chic Mediterranean bolthole by Ruensa - along with her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Roze. The Spanish police, meanwhile, are asking awkward questions about Jimmy's death... Are Ruensa and Roze the helpless victims of circumstance? Or will they stop at nothing to get Finca Siquia for themselves?

Author: J.P. Delaney
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1529430417
Publisher: Quercus