The Girls in the Garden
by Lisa Jewell
Summary: 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?
Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play all swirl together in this gripping novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense.
Source: I received a digital copy from NetGalley
The Girls in the Garden was a mystery set in the UK. Clare and her two children moved into a flat that shared a communal garden/park. The girls wormed their way into a clique of children who grew up in the park until one day, Grace was attacked. The story began with the incident, then the story switched to the past where we got to know the characters and try to track down who had the motive to attack Grace.
I enjoyed the book. I suspected so many people and I enjoyed each glimpse I got into the lives of the children and the adults. The attack in the garden wasn’t the first.. it happened years before and the children who were friends with that girl ended up being the parents of the present day clique, so there are tons of past secrets that intertwined with the present.
I loved Pip’s character. She reminded me how children can see right into the truth of things sometimes, while growing into a teenager begins to warp our views and change how we see people.
I definitely recommend the book if you enjoy mysteries and the secrets and motivations that lead to tragedies. However, it was not a murder mystery, which might disappoint anyone expecting death, gore, or even a lot of police input. Instead, this was more about the various characters and families trying to figure out what happened and piece it together.