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)
"A real find!"
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.
"A really good listen"
Chose this book quite randomly, found it quite gripping and enjoyable. Definitely would recommend it.
"not bad but not great either. "
Not bad but not exceptional felt like a lot of it was pointless and quite a bit pretentious. Definitely not worth a Richard and Judy summer read.
"Crap quick ending"
Narration was good,
Story line was slow and then at the end it just came out and ended suddenly and was a very let down
Such a shame
"Gripping story disappointing towards the end"
Interesting story with vivid characters. A lot felt left unexplained and the ending as a result felt disappointing
"Great book well narrated"
Really good book, so well narrated. I couldn't stop listening, it had my gripped. Who do you trust... By the end, not many
"Different for Lisa Jewell but just as good"
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 .
I very much enjoyed this book but found the storyline slightly weaker than other books by this author.
"Great narration, good premise, disappointing ending."
This is my first Lisa Jewell and it was pretty good throughout with some disappointments thrown in. Inclusion of a child to narrate Pip but nowhere else seemed odd until I saw it was good old fashioned nepotism! However, I found Amelie Jewell's narration irritating-she sounds like she has a cold.
The story was well told by the author and, as always, Gabrielle Glaister's narration was like pouring treacle in your ears-smooth and flowing. I was hugely disappointed at the end-rushed and without any real climax.
"Weak in several parts"
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.
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