The Child Garden

The Child Garden

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Eden was its name. "An alternative school for happy children." But it closed in disgrace after a student's suicide. Now it's a care home, the grounds neglected and overgrown. Gloria Harkness is its only neighbor, staying close to her son who lives in the home, lighting up her life and breaking her heart each day.

When a childhood friend turns up at her door, Gloria doesn't hesitate before asking him in. He claims a girl from Eden is stalking him and has goaded him into meeting near the site of the suicide. Only then, the dead begin to speak--it was murder, they say.

Gloria is in over her head before she can help it. Her loneliness, her loyalty, and her all-consuming love for her son lead her into the heart of a dark secret that threatens everything she lives for.


"A tale that shivers with suspense."--The New York Times

"A terrific stand-alone that is complex, haunting, and magical."--Library Journal(Starred Review)

"A stunning combination of creepy thriller and classic mystery."--Kirkus Reviews(Starred Review)

"One surprising plot twist after another leads to a shocking ending."--Publishers Weekly

"Catriona McPherson spins webs of intrigue so beautiful and intricate she puts spiders to shame. With The Child Garden, she once again proves why she has rapidly become a star in the thriller genre...This is a book you will absolutely devour."--William Kent Krueger, New York Timesbestselling and Edgar Award-Winning Author of Ordinary Grace

"An enchanting brew of mystery, poetry, legends, and dreams, Catriona McPherson's The Child Gardenis also an elaborate shell game that will keep readers guessing up until the very end."--Hallie Ephron, New York TimesBestselling Author of Night Night, Sleep Tight

Publisher: Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780738745497
Branch Call Number: FIC MCP
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 13, 2016

Fans of Girl on the Train may enjoy this title. Lots of twists and turns, likeable and not-so-likeable characters, desolate landscapes. All the makings of a good mystery.

Oct 11, 2016

In this book, little that is clear, for example, why the main character goes in the investigation after sudden appearance at the threshold of her house of one of her former classmate, whom she had not seen for more than twenty years. Still the read was interesting enough. The ending I didn’t like. It was like in so many films, the feeling that you already have repeatedly seen this.

Feb 17, 2016

Liked this one best so far.


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