Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately each month on the 15th. Brought to you by Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy, we link up on her blog to see what others are reading!
The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
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?
Thoughts so far:
This is my second novel by Lisa Jewell, and I feel she has a great range of writing and personifying different types of characters. I appreciate the innocence and naivety of Pip as an 11 year-old who is hopeful about her father’s return. However, she knows right from wrong as at this point she’s observed strange behavior from her friends’ father, Leo, with young girls. Additionally, I love the focus on the community and the characters that make it up – everything is contained in this square and we see into the lives of multiple families, their secrets and who they are behind closed doors. With the story opening on Grace unconscious in the garden and what follows what led up to that point, I’m interested to see who is responsible and how the lives of those in the community are affected. A quick page-turner with character depth, I recommend so far!
What have you been reading lately?