Book Review: The Girls in the Garden, by Lisa Jewell

The Girls in the Garden, by Lisa Jewell

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Published by Atria Books on June 7, 2016

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, mystery, suspense

Format & Length: e-book, 320

Source: purchased

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Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?

On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

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The Girls in the Garden is the first book by Lisa Jewell that I have read. Based on the short blurb, I had certain expectations of what it would be like, and they were completely shattered as I began reading.

A compelling novel centered around a garden community, this book explores the intimate relationships between families living so close together. Told through multiple perspectives, we see what it is like for them to be so much a part of each others’ lives and how they are all affected when a new family moves in. The characters are realistic and complex, and the pacing moves along at a decent clip throughout.

There is so much more I want to say! But I strongly feel this is one of those books best read without knowing too much before going into it. So if you like mystery or suspense that is a balance of character and plot driven, I recommend giving The Girls in the Garden a shot.


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