Top positive review
Such an intense read!
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020
The Girls In The Garden
“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
I read A LOT of books and most of them are awesome, this The Girls In The Garden was a truly amazing read for me. I was hooked by the first page in, and had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to devour the entire book in one sitting. The writing was fantastic, the storyline was thrilling and suspenseful and twisted, which is my favorite type of genre.
This book made me enraged at points at how often these adults leave their children to their own devices in a world like today. When I have children, I don’t think I would even trust them to walk down the street without me present. These kids were gallivanting through the communal park all day, every day, until late hours in the night. And they never expected anything bad to happen?
Clare and her two girls Grace and Pip move into a new neighborhood where everyone is in everyone’s business and everyone hangs out together. There is a communal area with rose gardens and a park where everyone gathers. You meet many of the neighbors and learn about their stories. The rose gardens and park have their own backstory.
Clare is estranged from her husband, Chris, after he had a schizophrenic breakdown and set the family house on fire to save them from a alien rat invasion, not knowing his his wife and kids were even in the house at the time. He is at a facility getting the help he needs and Clare is starting her life over.
After a block party, Pip finds her sister Grace in the garden, covered in blood, unconsciousness and half dressed. The book goes through the timeline heading up to that event as well as the timeline after the event, to find out who hurt Grace.
This was an intense read and I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down!!!