The Girls in the Garden by NYT Bestselling Author Lisa Jewel + Giveaway

Title:  The Girls in the Garden
Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher:  Atria Books
Release Date:  June 7, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Mystery

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?

After the prologue, I almost quit The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewel. Not that it was bad writing or that I don't find it intriguing, but it was what I thought this book was about - sexual assault. If it wasn't for my stubbornness to must finish every book I started, I would have stopped.  So I continued on, and realize it's not graphic or loathsome as many mysteries revolving assault can be. The Girls in the Garden was about finding out what happened. It was about the before and the after.  In truth, the plot moved at a slower pace than I would've liked, and the characters were mostly flat or did not make too much sense in their actions or who they are. I think the dynamics of a communal garden and the way kids are raised in this setting are not easy to grasp.  It makes it hard to truly understand the author's message in the story, especially when there doesn't seem to be any closure for the characters or for readers.

One thing I do love is the cover. It's gorgeous.

If you like psychological mysteries, you might be able to get and enjoy The Girls in the Garden. For me, I closed the book with questions in my head.

Scroll on down for your chance to win a copy.  For my clean readers, there are some minor profanity from a character. 

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through TLC Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels, including The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife.

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