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#AudioBook #BookReview The Girls By Lisa Jewell

Thank You very much to the publisher – Penguin Audio for the review copy.
ISBN13: 978-0099599470
Genre: Mystery
Release date: 05 05 2016
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £4.50 (GBP)
Kindle $8.99 (USD)/ Paperback $10.53 (USD)
Pages: ~ 432
My rating: I really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: That times changed since when I was young, and not for the better.

Description of the book: 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?

How this book made me feel: I really enjoyed The Night She Disappeared, so I was very excited to listen to another book by Lisa Jewell. I noticed that her characters are very absorbing and riveting, and this book was no exception as well.

This novel is told from multiple perspectives, so it is hard to pinpoint one protagonist. This book is about two families, living in flats in central London, the first family moved to the area after their house was destroyed by fire, the second family has lived in that place for years, the whole community knew them, their children were homeschooled and they seemed like a very welcoming and open family. The characters were incredibly well developed, I loved discovering new things about them, and the relationships between them were very interesting to observe. Both of the families were strange and weird in their own way. The first family was trying to recover from the damage that a schizophrenic father caused, and the second family seemed like this perfect extroverted bunch, but everything they did had this creepiness and darkness about them. 

The narrative was divided into Before and After the incident. In the Before part we get to learn about the characters and their interactions with each other, in the After part we get to see a small investigation into what happened to the girl found in the bushes. This book has many layers and I do have a few unanswered questions about the events that happened. 🙂 There is a huge amount of topics discussed in this book, such as different parenting styles, mental health issues, life in a closed community, relationship issues, different generations, sexism, teenagers these days, perverted people, and many more. Even though I enjoyed this novel, I was disappointed with the parenting methods in this book as well as the portrayal of the teenagers. I know that times have changed, but listening about a twelve-year-old having oral sex voluntarily is plain gross to me. Is that what is happening these days in the teenage world? :/

I really liked the writing style of this novel, and I enjoyed the ever changing setting. The book I listened to was narrated by Ashna Rabheru, and she has done an amazing job. The ending kind of explains everything but it has left me dissatisfied with the outcome, I wanted justice! 😀 

So, to conclude, this book had a very dark and perverted vibe about it (I am talking about people and things). 😀 All the characters in this book are slightly odd, even though they might look normal. 😀 The narrative was layered and complex, it consists of many different aspects and different stories. Even though there are a few things that I did not approve of, I found this book a very intriguing one indeed. I hope you will give this novel a read and will like it as much as I did. 
Thank you for your time! 🙂

About the author: LISA JEWELL was born in London in 1968. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the best-selling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has written another eighteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls, Then She Was Gone and The Family Upstairs (all of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks). Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two teenage daughters, one cat, one guinea pig and the best dog in the world.

Website: / Twitter: @lisajewelluk / Instagram: @lisajewelluk

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