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Author: Lisa Jewell Title: The Girls In The Garden Publisher: Atria Publish Date: June 7, 2016 Buy: Amazon Review Copy Provided By:TLC Book Tours Book Blurb: 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?
Review: I've heard a lot about Lisa Jewell and I've heard a lot about this book, so I was really excited to read this one.
The story is a mystery of what happened to Grace on the night of a neighborhood party. The story starts with that party and then goes back to a time shortly after Pip and Grace and their mother moved into this neighborhood as a result of a tragedy involving their schizophrenic father.
There was something about this book that reminded me of other stories that I've read this year, maybe because it involved children and a mystery and that's something that seems to have been written about a lot recently.
I really enjoyed this book, especially Pip. She's probably the most mature of the bunch and she's the youngest. A good portion of the story is told from her point of view. I especially enjoyed the letters she wrote to her father who is in a mental hospital.
There are so many twists and turns with the families in this community and the children that meet in this communal garden. There stories all weave together and when you start to learn about some of the characters early on, you wonder what their connection is going to be in regards to the main plot with Grace. You'll get a lot of that train of thought when the story focus's on Adele and Leo. That is one strange family, from the homeschooling to the creepy grandfather and Leo.
There are so many people with issues that could have done it, that it will drive you nuts trying to work it out
I really got sucked into this story quickly and once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. u
The only issue I had with the book was the ending. Things got wrapped up quickly and attitudes changed much the same way. The actual resolution left a little to be desired, because you won't quite get the answers you want in the traditional way.
That doesn't stop this from being a fantastic book though. This is one book I think would make an awesome film at some point down the line.