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?
On a midsummer's night, a 13-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
©2015 Lisa Jewell (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Lisa Jewell's characters are so real that I finish every book half-expecting to bump into one of them. Modern, complex, intuitive, she just goes from strength to strength." (Jojo Moyes)
"A stunning, beautiful, mesmerising book that everyone will be reading." (Tamar Cohen)
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Absolutely! Its a great read/listen. Its an unusual story, with just the right number of twists and turns. Its intelligently written and the characters are all well drawn, with each one interesting. It bounced along nicely and I always wanted to know what happened next.
The narration was faultless.
I wasn't sure that this would be for me, as I am not usually one for narration from a child's point of view. This book was narrated by several characters, including children. However, it was so beautifully written that it really worked. I have not read this author's work before. I read a review elsewhere from someone who said they had 'grown-up' with Lisa Jewell's books since her early 20s, and that they have evolved from stories of family life by young adults, to include older characters. For that reason, I wouldn't rush to read her earlier work. However, I will be downloading her more recent and future novels.
Interesting story with vivid characters. A lot felt left unexplained and the ending as a result felt disappointing
Really good book, so well narrated. I couldn't stop listening, it had my gripped. Who do you trust... By the end, not many
Really good read/listen. Different for Lisa Jewell but just as good as her other books. The plot twists and turns up to the end .
An interesting collection of characters, but Grace and Tyler were the only ones I knew more about by the end of the story - all the others were pretty static and caricatured (the unorthodox home-schooled girls, the holocaust survivor, the non-PC grandfather etc). The new crime mirroring an earlier one was an interesting concept, but the connection between the two was presented very quickly and briefly.
The logistics of the assault on Grace disappointed me most of all; that the perpetrator managed to do everything required whilst presumably in a state of great agitation without being observed by anyone and within a very tight timescale defied belief.
Gabrielle Glaister's narration was smooth and flowing. Her representation of different characters was skillful. Given that, why was she not given the voice of Pip's letters? I found Amelie Jewell's narration to be very irritating and in my opinion it was an indulgence to include the author's daughter as a narrator.
I bought this as half of a two-for-one deal. Had I used a credit for The Girls on its own I'd be returning it to Audible for a refund.
Hard enough starting over again, and these two got it extra tough. Highlights how rough it is growing up these days with all sorts of pressures on teens.
I enjoyed the innocence of Pip in her letters, and the misleading sidelines of the plot all the while surrounded by the backstabbing world of teenage girls. If "hell have no furry like a women scorned" they've never encountered teenagers.
"Well told. Compelling. Well worth it."
Author demonstrated the ability to get inside the mindset of teenagers. A nuanced and compelling read. I would recommend.
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