Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Title: The Girls in the Garden
Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: ARC
Source: Simon & Schuster Canada
On Sale Date: June 7, 2016

Synopsis from the publisher's website:
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?

When this book was pitched to me by the publisher, I was immediately drawn in. The first few pages are a flash forward of an event that will make any parent feel uneasy. As you flip through following the pages you can't help but try to solve the whodunnit mystery.

The Girls in the Garden introduces us to a group of teenagers who grow up and bond in a park hidden behind their homes. Together, they stay out late, have fun and get into trouble. The build up to the mystery intensifies as the day of the neighbourhood party nears.

I enjoyed many aspects of this book. My favourite being the character development. Jewell does an amazing job pulling the reader into the lives of her characters. You can't help but feel invested in their every move and questioning each of their decisions.

The Girls in the Garden takes you on a ride through the lives of ordinary teenagers who live in an extraordinary community. Part family drama, part psychological thriller. The story will pull you in and you won't want to stop until you put the mystery to rest.

For even more details on the book, check out the trailer below.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader copy of The Girls in the Garden from Simon & Schuster Canada. All opinions are my own.


  1. It seems really interesting but you only give it a 3 so something is missing, execution??? You have piqued my attention.

    1. Hi Marce! I can't believe I missed your comment. Girls in the Garden was definitely an intriguing read that draws you in ... but only in certain parts. I just wish the entire story was more cohesive.


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