“The Girls” Book Review

June 7, 2016 / 0 comments

“The Girls” Book ReviewThe Girls by Lisa Jewell
Published by Century on July 2nd 2015
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Dark secrets, a devastating mystery and the games people play: the gripping new novel from the bestselling author of The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife.

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 neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly.

You think your children are safe.

But are they really?

Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

Utterly believable characters, a gripping story and a dark secret buried at its core: this is Lisa Jewell at her heart-stopping best.

Angie’s Thoughts:

This is one of those books that you know by reading the blurb you are going to love! I’m so glad I wasn’t disappointed!

The Girls which when I requested from Netgalley was called The Girls in the Garden is a fast, suspense/mystery thriller that you can’t put down. Like others I had the plot figured out pretty early on or so I thought. It was the unraveling of the story that had you so intrigued that I stayed up late to finish it.

There are so many great characters but I really grew to love Pip the most. I kept forgetting that I was reading from the perspective of a 12 yr old’s mind. Sometimes I didn’t know whose perspective I was reading so that’s why I rated it a 4.

I loved how they lived in a communal flat and shared a garden instead of a backyard. I hated the cliques but that’s what happens when you’re the outcast moving in when others grew up with one another.

There’s love, jealousy, murder, mystery, drugs and some inappropriate things 13 yr olds shouldn’t be doing. This is one book I’ll be recommending to all my friends who love books like this!

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About Lisa Jewell

Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.

She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. She started her first novel, Ralph’s Party, for a bet in 1996. She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year.

She has since written a further nine novels, as is currently at work on her eleventh.

She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.

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