The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

the girls in the garden

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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.

But anyway..

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

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10 thoughts on “The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

  1. I really like this cover too! Knowing the ending didn’t entirely satisfy you makes me hesitate to pick this up though. The end can really make or break a book about a mystery.

    • Love the cover. Loved most of the book. The ending did put a damper on my enjoyment, though. I still would love for you to read it (selfishly so I will have someone to talk about the ending with 😉

  2. momssmallvictories says:

    Fine line between being a helicopter parent and free range parenting indeed! I struggle with that, all the time raising my 3 minions. Sounds like a great book and I totally love the cover too!!

    • Well I don’t struggle (because I don’t have kids) so I try to not judge parents for how they raise them (because karma is a big B and I really don’t want a hot mess happening at my house if/when I have kids 😉
      However literary characters I can judge 😉 😉 I hope you read it soon- I want to hear your take!

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