The Girls in the Garden

The Girls in the Garden

Lisa Jewell / Oct 17, 2019

The Girls in the Garden 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

  • Title: The Girls in the Garden
  • Author: Lisa Jewell
  • ISBN: 9781476792217
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.YouDark 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.

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      • 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.Lisa s Facebook page facebook LisaJewelloff


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    1. COVER LOVE! The first thing that drew me to this book on NetGalley was the cover. That mixed with the concept of living in a somewhat communal neighborhood sold me. I’ll be honest, I’ve always dreamed of what it would be like to raise my baby girls in a simpler time; one where “it took a village” and everyone’s door was always open to visitors. I think our generation has lost something important in the fact that we are so incredibly isolated as families now; not borrowing sugar from ou [...]


    2. I remember reading the description for this book a while back and being so excited about reading it. Set in a community situated on a garden, there's a sense of community to this book that I haven't read elsewhere. Everyone feels intimately connected (sometimes far too much so), and though each family has their own dwelling the bulk of what happens centers around this garden. I hesitate to go into too much detail because each development is important to the progression of the story. Sure, you ki [...]


    3. Traveling Sisters Review by NORMA, BRENDA and JALINE!!LISA JEWELL sure has a knack at keeping us totally engaged with all the red herrings and leaving so many cliffhangers throughout this book that had us all turning those pages as fast as we could.  THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN by LISA JEWELL is an engrossing, intriguing, steady-paced, and a suspenseful mystery with lots of twists and turns along the way that kept us all reading and guessing right to the very end.  We were pretty much suspicious of [...]


    4. This was a Traveling Sisters Read & Review with Brenda and Norma, and was my first experience with a group read. I can’t think of two people who could possibly have made it easier – or more fun!! For more fabulous Sisters Reviews as well as other Traveling Sisters Reviews, please visit their site at:twogirlslostinacouleereading.Lisa Jewell sure knows how to ramp up the suspense – and how to throw out a red herring or five or ten!Luckily, there is a nifty map/diagram right on the first [...]


    5. 3.5 From the very beginning we know something terrible has happened, which lends an ominous air to all that follows. After a family disaster Clare and her two daughters move into this gorgeous place that because of its communal space, acres that are shared by all the houses surrounding it, seem like a good place to call home. I kept thinking of Lord of the Flies as I was reading this. Children that seem to be basically raising themselves, either because of neglect, a hand off approach to child r [...]


    6. 5 Stars for this reading experience Fantastic read with Norma and Jaline! Such great fun and what a great choice for us!Our full Traveling Sister reviews can be found along with Norma and my reviews on our sister blog:twogirlslostinacouleereadi


    7. What is it with all these books with “Girls” in the title? The last book I read was The Girls. Now I have just finished The Girls in the Garden – which I gather was titled The Girls in the UK. And last year I read Those Girls…And what is it with seat mates on flights who don’t get the hint when you have your nose in a book? Last year it happened when I was reading The Seven Good Years. Yesterday, it happened as I was reading The Girls in the Garden. Some drunken idiot sitting next to m [...]


    8. 'The Girls' is set in a terrace of houses and flats in London, and they share one of those picturesque communal walled gardens. Whilst providing lots of freedom for the kids who live there, it also has a claustrophobic feel about it - it's a place of secrets, whisperings and past misdeeds. When Grace is found unconscious in the gardens on her 13th birthday, it opens a can of worms for the residents. Mysteries from the past are brought to light, along with many questions that need to be answered. [...]


    9. This is my first read by author Lisa Jewell, but it certainly won't be my last! While the storyline had some issues for me-I had a good idea how this was going to play out relatively early on-it was Jewell's descriptive writing style and character development that really drew me in. This is a well written family drama with a good dose of mystery/suspense to keep everyone on their toes.This whole story takes place in a neighborhood of London where the flats are all connected and they all share a [...]


    10. The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell is a 2016 Atria publication. This is my first novel by this author, but now that she is on my radar I plan to check out her other books, as well.When Clare’s husband, Chris, has a psychotic episode, and winds up institutionalized, she and her daughters, Grace and Pip, move into a new apartment surrounded by a delightful communal garden. Grace begins to worm her way into the group of kids who hang out in the park, while Pip hangs back, writing her father l [...]


    11. This is a character-driven novel at it’s best. Odd, eccentric, maybe even a little strange, the characters in this book kept me in the dark until the end. I had a hard time deciphering who was legit and who was shady. The story takes place in central London in a community that backs up to a large private park. A park where kids are free to roam from house to house, at all hours of the day, and the adults are in everyone else's business. It’s communal living and almost manages to comes off as [...]


    12. I was completely entranced by this tale set in contemporary London. The book is divided into two parts; the before and after. My head was spinning as to who might have committed the crime, but the whole story was brilliantly executed.


    13. Had I known by hearsay how The Girls would end, I might have have skipped it as too tepid. That would have been a mistake; it ended quite the way it ought to. It belongs to the world of romance more than the tragic. And the enclosed garden setting in a north London cresecent combines the perfect mythic locations, the mediaeval hortus conclusus (the enclosed garden) and the neo-classical rus in urbe (the country amidst the city). Not only is the setting perfect: the characters are beautifully dra [...]


    14. The Girls in the Gardenis the first book I've read by Lisa Jewell and it won't be the last! Lisa's writing is descriptive, enticing, and completely beautiful. It reads as if it was made for the big screen. This whodunnit mystery drew me in right away and the suspense throughout kept me engaged even though it's a much slower pace than I had originally expected. The communal park setting is so unique and unlike anything I've ever read. It's a very close knit community in Central London where the n [...]


    15. 3.5 starsA solid (though not stunning) entry in the "not-gratuitously-violent" suspense category.Several neighbors, each with different backgrounds and income levels, live in houses and apartments which surround a semi-private park in London. The gang of tweens and early teens who live nearby roam around (as kids that age do) until one evening -- the evening of a neighborhood block party -- when a very bad thing happens. Who is the perpetrator? Many have motives (and even more have secrets).Jewe [...]


    16. The actual mystery portion of the book was pretty good. A lot of twists and turns, with a ton of red-herrings thrown in. Getting to that spot was a little less thrilling. Clare's complete abandonment of her husband, due to his mental illness, was harsh for me to get over. I realized they had gone through some scary stuff and she was scared for her girls, but he didn't hurt them. She kept saying he could have, but the fact was he didn't. Yes he needed to be institutionalized, but she abandoned hi [...]


    17. This story really puzzled me, and not completely in a good way. I find it hard to decide exactly which genre it falls under - its a little drama, a little mystery, a little crime. Jewell is known for stories featuring complex family and friend orientated issues, which this book does well. However, there is no one lead protagonist, which makes it difficult to fully understand any one character.When Clare and her two pre-teen daughters move into an open-plan housing estate (the synopsis touts it a [...]


    18. "The Girls" is a beautifully written family drama come psychological thriller - to sum it up simply, it is full of vibrant colourful characters involved in deliciously dark goings onAfter a fire destroys their home, Clare and her two daughters Pip and Grace move into a flat overlooking a community garden - in the garden all the kids from the surrounding homes mill about together, doing what kids do. 30 years ago a young girl called Phoebe died in the garden. Clare, Pip and Grace become part of t [...]


    19. Reviewed by: Hello Beautiful Book BlogBeautifully written novel with an intricate story line, mysterious characters and an overall feel of unease brings a wonderful story of loyal ties that bind a community together for the worst.After a family tragedy, Clare and her two young teen daughters moved to the garden community to start a new life. They soon find out the seemingly perfect community isn’t what it seems to be. The story begins with Pip discovering her sister, Grace, bloody and unconsci [...]


    20. Great concept and enjoyed some of the characters, but in the end, it just felt like a very average book.


    21. *3.5 starsFirst off, I really liked how this novel started out. You begin with the ending of Grace being on the ground.your left wondering: what happened? Is she dead, was she raped, etc.?? I loved it. I was hooked and bam! I wanted to begin reading to find out what happened. You have a couple of narrators; there's 11 year old Pip(sister of Grace), Adele(a neighbor), and Clare(Grace's mother). Mostly Pip and Adele are telling the story though. There's a lot going on this little community of neig [...]


    22. Note: An ARC of The Girls by Lisa Jewell was provided to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The Girls In The Garden by Lisa Jewell is one of those stories that immediately feels disturbing and slightly off-putting. The kind of story that you know right away is going to give you goosebumps and make you feel slightly uneasy. As soon as The Girls In The Garden begins, you are hit with a troubling and disturbing scene, only to go back in time to a couple of months prior to this e [...]


    23. A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Lisa Jewell returns followingThe Third Wife(2015) andThe House We Grew Up In(2014) with her latest complex atmospheric domestic psychological suspense, THE GIRLS IN THE GARDEN.From dark secrets, an intriguing gripping mystery, keeping readers glued to the pages. A picturesque communal garden,in urban London, a midsummer night, in July--a party. Things go wrong. The mix of homes, families, personalities can be [...]


    24. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. My thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley.This was a well written, nicely structured book that read right along. I can see how others would have greatly enjoyed it, and given it a high rating. Unfortunately, my dislike (and disbelief) of several of the characters impacted my enjoyment of the story. I found myself getting fixated on things that you probably were not supposed to dwell on.I truly don’t understand a wo [...]


    25. I was disappointed with the last Lisa Jewell book but am very happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one, again a darker read but very captivating. After their father burnt down their family home, a mother and her two daughters move to a communal living garden. At first all seems wonderful but we learn early on that all is not right. Disfunctional families, parents and kids that just pass each other by, neither kmowing what is really happening around them or within. A tradgedy occurs that h [...]


    26. I really am a fan of Lisa Jewell's recent works. I like the sophisticated twists and her ability to present characters that are incredible realistic and dynamic. Sometimes in a novel that carries a number of different characters you can lose track of some of them, or they fade into the background. Not so with this book, each and every one stood out strongly and following both individual stories and the overall plot was easy. I love that because you can just then enjoy the book, no serious brain [...]


    27. ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest reviewAn intoxicating spellbinding read that will consume readers to be entranced with Lisa Jewell wicked and gorgeous prose. The Girls is the first book that I have read from this author but it surely won’t be my last. Ms. Jewell wrote an intriguing family drama that weaves suspense, dark elements and a psychological thriller that will keep readers entertained. With her vibrant and lyrical prose, Ms. Jewell paints a literary tale that douses [...]


    28. Lisa Jewell has definitely gone over to the dark side for her latest two books. Both books are much darker in content than her previous novels and are almost in the psychological thriller genre. However I'm not complaining, I love a good chiller and this certainly doesn't disappoint.When their home is destroyed, Clare and her two daughters, Grace and Pip move into a flat in Virginia Terrace, just one of many properties surrounding a crescent shaped community garden. You would think that with so [...]


    29. I was very impressed with the writing in this novel. Ms. Jewel is very creative in developing and describing her characters and there were some very unusual people we are introduced to.I would categorize this as a suspense novel more than a mystery. Set in a London neighborhood with a semi-private park/garden at the back of the lots where the children often play without supervision. The parents, for the most part, seem to think that this is a safe environment for their children to play. There is [...]


    30. 3.5 stars. What we have here is a well-written drama/psychological story that centers on the families that live by a communal garden.At first, we discover the body of a young girl and the story folds out leading us up to the "crime". With narratives from adults and children, mostly Adele (mother of 3) and Pip (sister of the victim) we learn about the fateful events, past and present, that shape the many characters that we meet.My favorite was Pip. Wise beyond her years, she's just a beautifully [...]


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