The Girls in the Garden: A Novel

By Lisa Jewell

One of People’s, Glamour’s, and Buzzfeed's top Reads of Summer

“Jewell expertly builds suspense by way of piling up family misunderstandings and extra plot twists than an SVU episode. It’s a page-turner for readers who like seashore reads at the darkish side.” —People

Imagine that you just continue to exist a picturesque communal backyard sq., an oasis in city London the place your kids run unfastened, out and in of alternative people’s homes. You’ve identified your pals for years and also you belief them. Implicitly. you're thinking that your kids are secure. yet are they really?

On a midsummer evening, as a festive local get together is happening, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace mendacity subconscious and bloody in a hidden nook of a lush rose backyard. What fairly occurred to her? And who's responsible?

“Full of suspense but emotionally grounded…Fans of Liane Moriarty, Paula Hawkins, and Carla Buckley will adore this peek within a gated neighborhood that really looks after its personal, irrespective of the consequences." —Booklist (starred review)

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The WPC checked out her sympathetically. ‘Of direction now not. And do you might have any suggestion what she used to be doing among then and 7 o’clock while she got here to the Howeses’ for the fish fry? ’ ‘She used to be on the face-painting stall, so far as i do know. after which I despatched Pip to examine on her at approximately six o’clock and Pip stated she used to be up at the hill, their ordinary spot, with all of the others. ’ ‘So,’ acknowledged the WPC in a let’s-get-this-straight tone. ‘Two p. m. , she left your place. 4 p. m. she used to be at Tyler’s flat. Six p. m. she used to be on most sensible of the hill together with her associates. Seven p. m. she used to be on the Howeses’ having her dinner. So quite we’re an important black gap among seven thirty and ten o’clock while your more youthful daughter came across her. are you able to inform me the place you have been among these occasions? ’ ‘Well, i used to be on the Howeses’ till approximately 9 o’clock. Then Pip and that i walked domestic and that i went to mattress. ’ ‘At 9 p. m.? ’ ‘I was once feeling a section in poor health. ’ Clare felt her mouth develop dry. She reached for a plastic cup of water at the desk in entrance of her and spilt a few down front of her best. She wiped it away with the again of her hand. ‘I was once ailing. ’ No element mendacity. The police will be speaking to everybody, she assumed. a person used to be guaranteed to point out the truth that she’d been paralytic, that her twelve-year-old had needed to nearly hold her domestic. ‘Ah, convinced. Mrs Howes pointed out you have been a section the more serious for put on. And your more youthful daughter? What was once she doing if you have been asleep? ’ Clare gave up the façade. She didn’t have the strength for it any longer. She enable her head drop into her palms; then she lifted it back and checked out the WPC brazenly and albeit. ‘I don't have any idea,’ she stated, with a wry smile. ‘I was once out chilly. ’ ‘But she used to be with you? ’ ‘Yes. i suppose. She says she sat with me for your time after which she went to get her cell to attempt to name Grace, to get her to come back in. yet it sounds as if Grace’s cell was once out of cost. Oh, and she or he acknowledged Leo Howes got here to examine on us either, almost immediately once we received again. after which sooner or later she left me and went out to appear for Grace. ’ She shrugged, as though to claim: Take me to the shares, take me to the ducking pond. i'm the worst mom on the earth. ‘Well, me and my colleague are going again to the Howeses’ later to speak to their daughters. They have been out with Grace for many of the night in order that they may be able to shed a few mild on that important couple of hours. And we’ll check with Mr Howes. yet simply often, Ms Wild. Grace – did she have any difficulties at the backyard? someone who may have wanted her damage? Any complex relationships along with her associates? that sort of factor? ’ ‘God. No. I suggest … No. They’re simply young children. They’re just—’ ‘Children,’ she minimize in. ‘Yes, that’s precise. yet little ones are challenging to outline occasionally, aren’t they? ’ She gazed at Clare coolly. ‘My niece is going from enjoying Barbie dolls together with her little sister to screaming at her mum cos she won’t enable her put on a push-up bra. ’ She blinked and paused, as if she proposal Clare used to be approximately to chortle and say: Oh certain, so actual, how naïve of me! ‘Well. in fact. It’s a tricky age.

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