This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
The Girls In The Garden
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play all swirl together in this gripping novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
After reading my first Lisa Jewell book, The Third Wife, I knew I would keep an eye out for other books by her.
The Girls in the Garden cover appealed to me as did the set-up- it reminded me a bit of My Sunshine Away (if you’ve read them both, you’ll know instantly what I’m referring to!)
I don’t live in a communal type area. I live in a small town, yes, but it’s nothing like what Lisa Jewell dreamed up and I was intrigued, but also a bit repulsed by how they all live. I like people, I like to have fun and hang out… but I also need space. To just be me.
Lisa writes about these parents- and while I appreciate that they were not helicopter parents, there has got to be a fine line between being a helicopter parent and just letting your children run free and wild all in the name of them finding themselves and their place.
How the book started intrigued me. You know sh*t went down, but you just don’t how. And oh boy- does Lisa have a line-up of potential people to give shady eyes to as you try to figure out how and who of the night.
But and this is where I damn near came close to throwing my Kindle against the wall- THE ENDING. It was just not satisfactory to me. But I’ll stop there and not ruin it for you!
With a perfectly imagined setting and some characters that will make you question things- The Girls in the Garden is not only worth a read- it should be put in your summer reading list immediately.
*This book was requested by Traveling With T from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T