📚The Girls by Lisa Jewell
⚪️Source: e-arc courtesy of Cornerstone via NetGalley
⚪️Blurb: 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?
⚪️My Review: Oh how infuriating it is to read a book so utterly thrilling, challenging and intense only for it to be a complete anti climax at the end. I am not happy to say that The Girls did this for me. Yes, it may only be the one thing that is wrong with it, but still it is a huge factor isn’t it? I do have to admit that up until that this is a one absolutely fantastic read.
A controversial, deep and raw plot based on a group of seven children who hang around the communal garden that surrounds their homes, it’s narrated by eleven year old Pip, her mother Clare, neighbour Adele, and later on Grace, Pip’s thirteen year old sister. I have to say I found reading an adult novel from a child’s perspective extremely refreshing and something I’ve not come across before. Being able to see things from both adult and child was interesting and gave the read a depth and honesty that allowed you to fully submerge yourself into the story.
Overall the book screams out the message how well do you know your children, your family, and your friends. As a mother of a teenager myself, I did sit and question my relationship with my son greatly. It opened up a huge can of worms for me and I have to admit it has rattled me slightly. We all try to allow our children to make their own decisions, to trust that you nailed into them properly right from wrong, to learn from their own mistakes, but we never ever think to question ourselves and how we see things sometimes regarding them.
Sorry I went a bit of topic there didn’t I? Oops. It does show though that the power of reading can be so great if makes you take a step back and think of things differently than you did before. God, I love reading!
So, like I’ve already stated it is a great read with a shit ending, but I know that the ending to some will be brilliant. That’s the thing with us all isn’t it? We’re all completely different and this book is a reminder of that.
So Definitely worth a read. Beware to be glued to your book though.