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The Girls

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May 2016 Book of the Month.

A captivating and deeply dark family drama and mystery, set in the midst of a London communal garden square. ‘The Girls’ begins as a party is ending, a thirteen year old girl is found unconscious in a corner of the garden. The story then spins backwards in time, to Clare and her two daughters, Pip and Grace, as they get to know their new neighbours. Focusing on several families, the story weaves among the children and adults as it begins to traverse a slippery and sinister slope. Lisa Jewell explores friendship, trust and suspicion. She writes with a familiar light touch, yet a threatening presence hovers over the pages and the innermost thoughts and feelings of the characters bubble with intensity. ‘The Girls’ is a page turning, thought-provoking and tensely gripping read, that looks at the complex structure of family life. ~ Liz Robinson

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Lisa Jewell by Mary Hogarth.

If you like Lisa Jewell you might also like to read books by Jane Green, Daisy Waugh and Fiona Neill.

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The Girls by Lisa Jewell

Dark secrets, a devastating mystery and the games people play: the gripping new novel from the best-selling author of The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife. 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? Utterly believable characters, a gripping story and a dark secret buried at its core: this is Lisa Jewell at her heart-stopping best.

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‘Deeper, darker, richer than ever before. I think this is the best book Lisa Jewell has ever written.’ Jenny Colgan

‘A stunning, beautiful, mesmerising book that everyone will be reading this summer.’ Tamar Cohen

‘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

‘An engaging and atmospheric read, Lisa beautifully conjures up the half-child half-adult lives of young teenagers’ Jane Fallon

‘Lisa creates beguiling characters, which dazzle from the page. This is a terrific suspense story told with that brooding promise of danger that taunts us to read on, to chase the elusive truth at the heart of the book’
Rachel Hore

‘Another winner. Beautiful writing, believable characters, a pacy narrative and dark secrets combine to make this a gripping read’
Daily Mail

‘A dark, compelling story’
Woman & Home

‘A compelling read’
Good Housekeeping

About the Author

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact, she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job as a secretary. Inspired by Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, a book about young people just like her who lived in London, she wrote the first three chapters of what was to become her first novel, Ralph’s Party. It went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 1998. Twelve bestselling novels later, she lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Lisa writes every day in a local cafe where she can drink coffee, people-watch, and, without access to the internet, actually get some work done.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Lisa Jewell by Mary Hogarth.

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5th May 2016


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Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone


432 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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