This book has both good and bad sides, but I think that overall it was a good book to read. The good side of the book is the characters and the drama. I found some of the characters likable and interesting, like Pip, Gordon, Leo, and Tyler. Also, the dramatic side was very well written, and I was attached emotionally to it. Now the bad side is the mystery side and the characters' thoughts. I can't say that I saw the ending coming, but it wasn't a ''wow'' level, like I wasn't impressed or something. And the characters' thoughts were the worst. Firstly, from the first third of the book, I couldn't see that Clare loved her husband or missed him, to be accurate SHE MISSED THE DAYS THAT THEY SPENT TOGETHER, and I was shocked when I read Adele's reaction when her daughters drank champagne, like she didn't talk to them or tell them that it was wrong or something. She just thought that it was romantic. Also, I found it weird for a good girl like Pip to not tell her mom that the gang was taking drugs, at least to protect her sister. Regardless of all the flaws, I found The Girls in the Garden to be entertaining and suspenseful in some parts, and I wouldn't mind reading a book by Lisa Jewell again.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I found the ending to be a bit of a let down.
Living in a building with a communal garden sounds idyllic to Claire after she and her daughters try to recover from a horrific incident involving their father. Dealing with this aftermath takes the second seat when one of the girls is attacked one summer evening. Soon things don't look so wonderful in this paradise and it is rife with suspects. Loved the action packed thriller suspense that is full of twists and turns. Lovers of the Girl on the Train will enjoy this much more clever novel.
You'll never guess who did it.
It could happen to any parent. Your child has found in a coma and you’ve been told she had an overdose of a date rape drug. The background of this story, is the stories of families and child-rearing. Of concerns that you helped create this turn of events. The mystery involves the families living around a private park in greater London. In the end, teenage jealousy is the culprit. An interesting, non-conventional mystery lets me see that raising children does take a village, and it is up to adults to support one another in this huge task.
The Girls In the Garden is an intriguing, claustrophobic thriller which takes place in a garden community in London. The beautiful garden, set in the centre of a row of terrace houses provids lots of freedom for the children who live there. It seems a safe sheltered space, but there is also a shuttered, tight feeling about it. The community garden is a place of secrets and tragedy both present and past. The book is generally both spellbinding and distrubing in the way of all good psychological thrillers.
The moment I read the inside cover of this book I was intrigued. The setting reminded me of my own neighbourhood but the characters couldn't be farther from that of my own neighbors. I was interested to read on, meet everyone living on the square and find out about their lives, their past and what the future had in store for them. I surprised myself by thinking that if this community existed in real life, I would definitely want a little piece of it. The ending wraps the story up (which I appreciate) but the conclusion isn't forced or rushed.
Ever since I read a blurb about this title I have been excited to read it. Well, I finally did and it definitely did not disappoint. In fact, I read it in just one day! The interesting cast of characters, the picturesque setting that was riddled with lots of dark undercurrents, and the mystery all combined to make this book a riveting and fast-paced read.
Domestic thriller ref. NYTBR
This was a good read. A bit of a mystery with some good characters and very well told.
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