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.
Hard enough starting over again, and these two got it extra tough. Highlights how rough it is growing up these days with all sorts of pressures on teens.
I enjoyed the innocence of Pip in her letters, and the misleading sidelines of the plot all the while surrounded by the backstabbing world of teenage girls. If "hell have no furry like a women scorned" they've never encountered teenagers.
Good sorry well constructed. Unfortunately there was no real conclusion or indeed any murder. However this did not detract from the build up to the ending.
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