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The Girls in the Garden
The Girls in the Garden: A Novel | Lisa Jewell
One of Peoples, Glamours, and Buzzfeed's Best Reads of Summer Jewell expertly builds suspense by piling up domestic misunderstandings and more plot twists than an SVU episode. Its a page-turner for readers who like beach reads on the dark side. People Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other peoples houses. Youve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible? Full of suspense yet emotionally groundedFans of Liane Moriarty, Paula Hawkins, and Carla Buckley will adore this peek inside a gated community that truly takes care of its own, no matter the consequences." Booklist (starred review)
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Jennaree3
Pickpick

This had more twists and turns than a soft pretzel. On one hand, I hate when the clues to figure out the ending are not revealed until the last 10 pages, making it impossible to predict. Yet on the other hand, I think it did a fine job of illustrating the true human nature of suspicion, and how no one ever really knows of what your neighbor, or your grandfather, or even your own husband, is capable. 8/10 would recommend

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Jennaree3
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Up next: my first Lisa Jewell....

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JackOBotts
Pickpick

I‘m pretty sure this was a #Roll100 for me. bit of a slower burn, but I was intrigued to see the build and resolution. 3.5 ⭐️

PuddleJumper Awesome! 5mo
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fictionaddictbooks
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Eggs Love Jewell❤️📚💚 8mo
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swishandflick
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Pickpick

I wasn't sure what to make of this one at first. It's very character driven, and there's a lot of folks to keep track of. But before I knew it everything clicked and I was too invested to stop. The suspense built nicely, and I had no idea which people were shady (the adults or the kids), or where it was going. And I thought the ending, while not what I might have guessed, was interesting and thought provoking. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cazxxx
The Girls | Lisa Jewell
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Mehso-so

I usually love Jewell but this one was a bit disappointing. started off well then I got bored and found it hard to concentrate. I prefer something with lots of twists and turns that really gets my heart pounding and I want to stay up all night to finish it!

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kellock
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Pickpick

I always enjoy a Lisa Jewell book. Back to Dominicana now.

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LiterallyLiterary
Mehso-so

This novel earns a so-so rating due to its ending. The character arcs sunk near the end of the story. While the actions/ending was explained and defended; as the reader, I was left with a sense of injustice. Characters were not made accountable for their actions, which I found disappointing.

TW: inappropriate relationships, sexual assault

#mystery #thriller #clique #teenagers #relationships #neighbourhood #neighbours #kids #alcohol #drugs

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Booknerd222
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Booknerd222
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Gonna give Lisa Jewell another chance after not liking The Family Upstairs.

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Bibliophile004
Pickpick

Great book! Easy read, keeps you hooked, some darker elements.

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Ohireadthat
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“She looked like the type of woman who went on holiday alone to dangerous places.”

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Allandanybooks
The Girls | Lisa Jewell
Pickpick

This book Is a very good psychological thriller. It‘s dark and there‘s so many secrets that you suspect everybody and still the attacker is a surprise.

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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

For a thriller this wasn't very thrilling, it never got my heart pounding. But it was a well told story which drew me in and made me want to know more. All through the book my favorite character had been Adele but I wasn't impressed with her choices at the end. I imagine the perpetrator will have more issues, not fewer, as time goes on and if I were Adele I'd be concerned about the rest of the family.

Cathythoughts Such a great cover 2y
bookandbedandtea @Cathythoughts The cover is one of the reasons I read it 😄 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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Wait, what? I thought this was only a magical hospital in the Harry Potter universe... is it a real hospital in London? Google only offers info about the HP version but, if any Londoners want to clear this up, I'd love to know if it's also a real place.

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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

I pretty much like everything by Lisa Jewell. I really liked this one, even though I thought it was a bit slow moving overall. I was very interested though in the stories and what happened and how. The characters ha da lot of depth and overall I enjoyed this one!

ItsAnotherJen Have you read this one? It's really good! Lisa Jewell is a great author! 2y
Victoriahoperose @ItsAnotherJen yes! I read that one. I enjoyed it. I have liked all of her stuff. This one was good, but it just took awhile to get going. 2y
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Vicki1109
Pickpick

I see a lot of people gave this book a So-So rating, but I really enjoyed it. I listened to it as an audiobook and it had a great woman who read it. I wonder if that's what made the difference.

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Eggs
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Mehso-so

Read this today. Families living on a beautiful communal garden square where the children run free — you trust your neighbors, right? They‘re safe running in and out of others‘ houses, right?

Jemgirl2014 I agree. My mind wandered with this one. DNF. 3y
j.rye I have this one waiting on my shelf. I‘m hoping to get to it during the quarantine... but we‘ll see. I may have accidentally just ordered an insane amount of books from HPB. Whoops. 3y
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KellyHerself
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Panpan

This was not good. First miss for me with Jewell. This was long and boring and the ending was super weak. Do not recommend.

hes7 I was disappointed by this one, too. 3y
KellyHerself @hes7 I‘m glad I‘m not alone in this! 3y
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recuffley
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Mehso-so

⭐️3.5/5⭐️ It was okay. Held my attention for most of the book but then I found myself just wanting to finish so I could move onto the next book. I easily guessed who the attacker was. I also thought it was weird how they kept emphasizing how much smaller Clare was than her 11 year old daughter... maybe that‘s just me 🤣

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madamereadsalot1
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I'm a day late, but I was tagged by @Kayla.Adriena and it actually notified me in a reasonable amount of time. 😆
1. My lab results came back perfect 🙌
2. The kids and I are going to go visit my sister
3. The tagged and also rereading Guilty Pleasures for the umpteenth time.

#thoughtfulthursday #onfriday @MoonWitch94

Kayla.Adriena Yay for perfect test results 💯💯 3y
madamereadsalot1 @Kayla.Adriena for real. You know I was worried about that last ones! Some kind of weird blip I guess? 3y
MoonWitch94 Yay for perfect lab results! Thanks for playing ☺️ 3y
vivastory I miss your posts. I hope you & your family are doing well! 3y
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory hi! We're alright. We've just been fighting the flu and other various germy crud. I'm actually home from work sick again, two weeks after my own fight with the flu. 😩 I hope you're well. Thank you for checking in on me. You're the sweetest! I'll try to post more. Or at all. 😅 3y
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Acoleman
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Mehso-so

Not thrilled with this one. It was kind of creepy subject matter with inferred icky things may be going on. Wouldn‘t recommend.

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Courtneyjo_reads
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Pickpick

Just finished The Girls in the Garden! I really liked this one but the ending felt kind of rushed and left a lot of things unanswered, so it‘s a 3.5/5 for me! ⭐️

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Courtneyjo_reads
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ddupont29
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My current read!

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hes7
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Panpan

There just wasn‘t much of anything that interested me in this story. 😴

+2 for a mystery

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon

Lovesbooks87 I wasn‘t a fan of this one either. 3y
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AndreaLove
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wallacereads
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Beauty day for some outdoor reading.

BooknerdsLife Love this cover 😍 3y
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VeryLazyDaisy
Pickpick

A compact mystery set in London. I enjoyed the setting very much.

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Andrew65
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#ThereWasThisGirl #AMonthofSongs
Love Lisa Jewell books, and this was a good read.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 Clever tie in! 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB 👍😊 4y
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve only read one Lisa Jewel but I want to read more! 4y
Andrew65 @OriginalCyn620 Yet to Read one I haven‘t enjoyed. 4y
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inthegreensandblues
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1. The Girls in the Garden, HP and the Goblet of Fire
2. Coffee!
3. Bones Red Velvet coffee in my cup now ☕

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Yess Harry Potter!! Thanks for joining in ☕😊 4y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Goblet of Fire is my favorite of the HP series...enjoy! 4y
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HollyBahling
Bailedbailed

I wanted so badly to like this book. I tried multiple times over the course of 6 months but it just couldn‘t keep my interest. I kept trying because it would be such a quick read but nevertheless it just wasn‘t for me. #bail #tothelittlelibrary

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HollyBahling
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“Good Morning, Mrs. Wild, this is Don Feild, I‘m your husbands treatment coordinator at St. Mungos.”
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I am very surprised to see St. Mungos in another completely wizard free book! Can‘t seem to get my Potter-head out of the wizard of world! Turns out it‘s a real medical college in Glasgow. Who knew!? Probably lots of people.

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jpellet
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Pickpick

Who was responsible for the crime?! I had guessed wrong!! I love a good who-done-it!

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Andrew65
The Girls | Lisa Jewell
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Love this book and available for 99p on Audible on Monday in U.K. Be aware this has also been published under the title The Girls in the Garden.

Too good a bargain to turn down.

Birdsong28 I might be tempted on this myself. Thanks for the tag 📚📖 4y
Ms_T Thanks, I‘ll certainly have a look 👍🏻 4y
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Laru79
The Girls | Lisa Jewell
Pickpick

This was an interesting people-study kind of book. The girls were really unsettling! And I really like a book that starts with a dramatic event and then goes back to what led up to it. I have more Jewells on the shelf so will get to them quickly

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PrezBookster
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Sooo good!!

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GirlWellRead
Pickpick

Disturbing at times, and often quirky, Jewell pulls it off with characters that are highly developed. These characters are rich in detail that outlines their motivations which propel the story.

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PrezBookster
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I‘ve been having a hard time getting into a new book lately. I hope this one makes the cut!

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Pickpick

A solid 4⭐️ read that reminded me of Liane Moriarty a bit. Jewell creates an insular environment: a shared neighborhood garden. Something bad happens on a day when pretty much anyone in the neighborhood could have been a suspect, and the mystery unravels throughout the book. Lots of red herrings or characters you wish you knew more about. It was fast paced and a satisfying read!

Mdargusch Great review! I had put this book aside after reading other reviews but now I think I will put it back on my TBR pile. 4y
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EadieB
Girls in the Garden | Lisa Jewell
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Mehso-so

A festive neighborhood party is taking place and Pip discovers her 13 year old sister, Grace, unconscious and bloody in a rose garden. What happened to her? And who is responsible? I have read a few other books by Lisa Jewell and really enjoyed them all but this one seemed to fall flat for me. It was an interesting story but the end did not really make sense to me. If you want to read Lisa Jewell, I suggest you start with another of her books.

Purrfectpages I was underwhelmed by this one as well. 4y
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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

This book was a big fat meh. Kind of like Liane Moriarty but with preteens. Every character has something suspicious about them... there‘s a bunch of different relationship dynamics happening (too many, IMO) and a whole bunch of side stories not having anything to do with the main event. It mostly held my attention but I didn‘t really like it.

Mdargusch This has been in my TBR pile forever! I guess I won‘t be in a hurry to read it. 4y
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inthegreensandblues
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Surprise #bookmail today from my #LitsyPenPal! Thank you, Mikala! I've been wanting to read more Lisa Jewell since I really liked the one other that I've read. 😄🤗
@Laughterhp

Laughterhp Yay!!! I‘m glad you like it! I love Lisa Jewell And this is actually the first book of hers I read! 4y
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MelissaSue81
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Got this out on a 7 day loan yesterday, so it‘s up next.. was a little tentative about it... but this map is promising!

inthegreensandblues I just got this in the mail today and had not seen the map yet! I love maps in books! 🤣 4y
MicrobeMom Love books with a map! Just adds so much to the story! ❤️ 4y
LiteraryinLawrence I recently bought this book at a library book sale but haven‘t started it yet. I‘ll be curious to hear what you think! 4y
mydearwatson I thought this book was so-so...I‘m curious to hear what you all think of it! 4y
Kalalalatja Pretty map! 4y
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JacqMac
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Panpan

Normally I love Lisa Jewell, but I couldn‘t get into this one. I ended up skimming most of it and reading the last two chapters. I needed closure, but not enough to put in the time. It was really close to a bail for me. Maybe I just wasn‘t in the right mood.

KateFulfordAuthor @JacqMac @blondie May I recommend my debut, Jacqueline? Pacy, laugh out loud funny and more. Check my bio for sample chapters and to assess other reviews on Goodreads. Thanks, Kate 4y
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Laughterhp
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Still playing catch-up for #AGameOfFavorites (Day 7) - Mystery/Literary Author

I decided to go with Lisa Jewell. I have so many favorite mystery authors as it‘s one of my all time favorite genres. The tagged book is probably my favorite of hers that I‘ve read so far.

In an interview, she said that everyone should be reading Tamar Cohen and start with The Mistress‘s Revenge. So I immediately looked it up and put it on my TBR.

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Andrew65
Girls in the Garden | Lisa Jewell
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I thought cemeteries were deathly enough, but then I headed into the #garden, wasn‘t aware they were so deathly! Bodies stacking up wherever I look! Doesn‘t seem to matter whether the garden is in England, Scotland or even the U.S.!
Who Knew!?!
#AugustIsATrip #Garden

vkois88 They all sound good! 4y
tonyahoswalt I love The Bone Garden! 4y
Andrew65 @tonyahoswalt Tess Gerritsen does write some great books! 4y
Andrew65 @vkois88 Very much so! 4y
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