The Girls in the Garden

The Girls in the Garden

A Novel

Book - 2016
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One of People 's, Glamour 's, and Buzzfeed 's Best Reads of Summer , from the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone

"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

"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." -- The New York Times

" 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)

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?
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781476792217
Characteristics: 313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jul 22, 2019

This is a fun female-centered twisty mystery. Fun for those who enjoy the genre!

May 05, 2019

Having waited so long for this one, I was very disappointed. The library limits its lending to 2 rather than the usual 3 weeks. I see there is a long list of requests; however, I don't see why it is so popular - perhaps with teens or young adults - definitely not worth it for a more discerning reader. You can cerftainly find much better books.

Jul 31, 2018

This book is terrible, I just could not get into it. I would dread reading it, so I finally gave up on Chapter 5.

Aug 15, 2017

This book has both good and bad sides, but I think that overall it was a good book to read. The good side of the book is the characters and the drama. I found some of the characters likable and interesting, like Pip, Gordon, Leo, and Tyler. Also, the dramatic side was very well written, and I was attached emotionally to it. Now the bad side is the mystery side and the characters' thoughts. I can't say that I saw the ending coming, but it wasn't a ''wow'' level, like I wasn't impressed or something. And the characters' thoughts were the worst. Firstly, from the first third of the book, I couldn't see that Clare loved her husband or missed him, to be accurate SHE MISSED THE DAYS THAT THEY SPENT TOGETHER, and I was shocked when I read Adele's reaction when her daughters drank champagne, like she didn't talk to them or tell them that it was wrong or something. She just thought that it was romantic. Also, I found it weird for a good girl like Pip to not tell her mom that the gang was taking drugs, at least to protect her sister. Regardless of all the flaws, I found The Girls in the Garden to be entertaining and suspenseful in some parts, and I wouldn't mind reading a book by Lisa Jewell again.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 21, 2017

I found the ending to be a bit of a let down.

Jan 06, 2017

Living in a building with a communal garden sounds idyllic to Claire after she and her daughters try to recover from a horrific incident involving their father. Dealing with this aftermath takes the second seat when one of the girls is attacked one summer evening. Soon things don't look so wonderful in this paradise and it is rife with suspects. Loved the action packed thriller suspense that is full of twists and turns. Lovers of the Girl on the Train will enjoy this much more clever novel.

Dec 30, 2016

You'll never guess who did it.

Nov 20, 2016

It could happen to any parent. Your child has found in a coma and you’ve been told she had an overdose of a date rape drug. The background of this story, is the stories of families and child-rearing. Of concerns that you helped create this turn of events. The mystery involves the families living around a private park in greater London. In the end, teenage jealousy is the culprit. An interesting, non-conventional mystery lets me see that raising children does take a village, and it is up to adults to support one another in this huge task.

coroboreefarm Nov 13, 2016

The Girls In the Garden is an intriguing, claustrophobic thriller which takes place in a garden community in London. The beautiful garden, set in the centre of a row of terrace houses provids lots of freedom for the children who live there. It seems a safe sheltered space, but there is also a shuttered, tight feeling about it. The community garden is a place of secrets and tragedy both present and past. The book is generally both spellbinding and distrubing in the way of all good psychological thrillers.

Oct 20, 2016

The moment I read the inside cover of this book I was intrigued. The setting reminded me of my own neighbourhood but the characters couldn't be farther from that of my own neighbors. I was interested to read on, meet everyone living on the square and find out about their lives, their past and what the future had in store for them. I surprised myself by thinking that if this community existed in real life, I would definitely want a little piece of it. The ending wraps the story up (which I appreciate) but the conclusion isn't forced or rushed.

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