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The Girls in the Garden: A Novel Paperback – April 4, 2017
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Praise for The Girls in the Garden:
“Lisa Jewell’s characters are so real that I finish every book half-expecting to bump into one of them. Modern, complex, intuitive, she just goes from strength to strength.” (Jojo Moyes, author of After You)
“Jewell expertly builds suspense by piling up domestic misunderstandings and more plot twists than an SVU episode. It’s a page-turner for readers who like beach reads on the dark side.” (People)
“Full of suspense yet emotionally grounded…Fans of Liane Moriarty, Paula Hawkins, and Carla Buckley will adore this peek inside a gated community that truly takes care of its own, no matter the consequences.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Rich characterization and intricate plot development are combined with mid-chapter cliffhangers that cut from one character’s point of view to the next, resulting in a riveting pace. Vivid descriptions of the bucolic park contrast with the evil lurking around the themes of teenage sexuality, perversion, peer pressure, and the desire for a complete family. Jewell adeptly creates a pervasive atmosphere of unease in this well-spun narrative.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
One of New York Post’s “Buzziest Books to Bring to the Beach”
“Jewell expertly mines the relationships of her compelling, multilayered characters for a perfect pack-for-vacation read.” (Fort-Worth Star Telegram)
“Jewell crafts another page-turner that keeps the suspense flowing…[and] sharply evades the truth while bouncing the story among multiple characters’ perspectives. Recommended for lovers of mysteries built on the complexities of family and the dismantling of the idea that being part of a community keeps us safe.” (Library Journal)
“An intoxicating, spellbinding read that will make readers entranced with Lisa Jewell’s wicked and gorgeous prose…raw, intense, gritty, dark and suspenseful. If you are looking for a looking for a psychological thriller that will unfold secrets and truths in a shocking manner, this book is for you.” (Manhattan Book Review)
“Faithful to the thriller genre, Jewell makes liberal use of red herrings and plot twists… The answer to the whodunit is a sly – and satisfying – surprise.” (New York Times Book Review)
"The writing is cause for pleasant pause." (Seattle Times)
“An engaging and atmospheric read, Lisa beautifully conjures up the half-child half-adult lives of young teenagers.” (Jane Fallon, author of Skeletons)
“Oh but I loved this book – a magical garden right in the center of the city, a long, hot summer simmering away, a group of young teens, lurching between boredom and passion and ripe for their lives to start. And at its center a dark and disturbing mystery that keeps you turning the pages long into the night. Lisa Jewell is the most compassionate storyteller. She writes with such lightness of touch, yet her books pack a powerful punch. A stunning, beautiful, mesmerizing book that everyone will be reading this summer.” (Tamar Cohen, author of The Mistress's Revenge)
“Lisa creates beguiling characters, which dazzle from the page. This is a terrific suspense story told with that brooding promise of danger that taunts us to read on, to chase the elusive truth at the heart of the book.” (Rachel Hore, author of The House on Bellevue Gardens)
“Jewell does a beautiful job of creating large companies of detailed and believable characters in her novels. Some are likable, some are not, and Jewell carefully explores what makes each of them tick, from the unstable to the overachievers to those in search of love... a delicate exploration of teenage love and rivalry, mental illness and how far people will go to protect those they care about. Fans of Liane Moriarty and JoJo Moyes will love The Girls in the Garden, as will anyone who remembers the angst and ecstasy of being a teenager.” (Shelf Awareness)
"Jewell offers an intriguing premise and characters…[and] creates a story ripe with anticipation and emotion." (Kirkus Reviews)
“Another winner. Beautiful writing, believable characters, a pacy narrative and dark secrets combine to make this a gripping read.” (London Daily Mail)
"Jewell pens a psychological thriller that leaves readers wondering if they really know all the answers. Children can be more frightening than adults, as she demonstrates in her brilliant portrayal of youthful deceit and jealousy. Each individual is vividly described and counterbalanced by their strengths and weaknesses." (RT Magazine)
“A suspenseful mystery.” (Womans Day)
About the Author
Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels, including The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife. Her latest novel, Then She Was Gone, will be published in April 2018. To find out more, visit Facebook.com/LisaJewellOfficial, or follow her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK.
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The idyllic neighborhood with the perfect community park seems like the perfect spot for Clare to move her two daughters after a tragedy occurs at their home taking their father away from them. She thinks the community feel may help them heal. But tragedy can strike anywhere and in the first chapter, the reader finds out that Clare's older daughter is found in this idyllic park unconscious and in a compromising situation. The story then goes back in time to show what events lead to the incident in the park.
I always love a book that opens with the main event and then takes the reader back in time to show all the puzzle pieces to get the characters to that conclusion. This book not only did that, but had an end chapter to give a full story conclusion as to how the characters were 10 months after the incident - I am so glad! I loved getting to visit the characters after the incident and see where it took them.
The one thing I didn't like because it just seemed too unbelievable was the action of Grace in the elevator lift. I know plenty of 12 and 13 year old girls and just don't see this being initiated by one. Too young. Not believable.
The plot quickly moves to “before” the incident. We are introduced to an interesting cast of characters and building up to the actual event three quarters of the way through the story. The story was fine. It wasn’t a chore to read; however, it wasn’t the type of book that you “have to” find out what happened next. The book was well written but I felt that there was no real plot advancement throughout the book. Despite the authors attempt, there was not enough suspense for me. Numerous people were introduced as possible suspects but, I didn’t think they were very plausible as foils for “who dun it”. I felt the police investigation was also not very realistic- it was far too laid back!
The end of the book provided no real resolution or answers. It ended abruptly with no explanation or reasoning. I felt that the ending wasn’t true to the characters that were developed during the story. I don’t want the ending to be any different just more detailed and not rushed!
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