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.
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.
I’ve read quite a few books by this author now and overall I have enjoyed them all and The Girls is no exception.
The Girls is a dark and gripping read. The author had me hooked to the story right from the beginning of this book, so much so that I literally could not put it down until I finished it.
Pip, Grace and their mum move into the seemingly safe haven after having to quickly leave the family home. As a mother what could be more perfect than having a communal garden which the flats all look out onto so that your children can play out happily and safely.
There is an array of characters in this story though I think the story seems to be drawn more to being told through Pip and Adele one of the neighbours in the communal.
As a mother I found it quite hard hitting to read so early on in the story about a young girl being found unconscious and not knowing for definite what has happened. The story is then split into two where we are taken through events leading up to the discovery of the girl and then after the incident, it certainly had me hooked.
Lisa Jewell has created a story with twists and turns that leaves you not knowing who or what to believe. A must read for 2015.
Many thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone and Netgalley for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
The Girls is due to be published on the 2nd of July, to pre order a copy please go to Amazon