Weird and creepy! In a good way.
Grace, Pip and their mother move to a picturesque communal garden. An oasis in urban London where children run free and in and out of other people’s houses. Sounds perfect, right? For Grace and her family, not so much.
The book opens with Grace found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible? Jewell does a great job of casting EVERYONE under suspension. I felt like I knew who had harmed Grace but I was never really sure. Jewell would toss in one more bit of information that had me questioning my thinking. That’s the mark of a great mystery/suspense writer. Why just 3.5 stars then? The ending. The who done it didn’t do it for me. I understood the reasoning behind this person’s actions but it wasn’t enough of an explanation for me. The epilogue was also unsatisfying. I didn’t get enough closure. The story behind the family moving is an interesting secondary story. It added to the main story rather than taking away.
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Title: The Girls in the Garden
Author: Lisa Jewell