The Girls, Hardback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.




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Clare and her girls, almost 13 year old Grace and Pip, her younger sister by a year, move into a house with a huge communal garden which is shared by all the residents. When Grace is attacked in the garden, suspicion falls on various key players in the story.I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The author really conveys how living in such close quarters can be nice but it can also be extremely claustrophobic. The story is character driven rather than plot driven as we are taken through the 'before' and 'after' (the attack) sections. This is probably one of my favourite Jewell novels.

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