The Girls in the Garden is officially my third Lisa Jewell book to read. Published in 2015, this novel is one of Jewell’s more recent releases. The storyline, fixating on a small communal residency in London, follows two families as they try to unravel the mystery behind why a thirteen year old girl, Grace, shows up in their park with a broken nose and her clothes astray. Strung together with insight from Grace’s mom, Clare, and her sister, Pip, we learn about the struggles the family is currently facing while their father is away at a mental institute. We also get a deeper knowledge of the communal living area thanks to the perspective of the Howeses family, a family of five that have been a part of the community for over 40 years.
Overall, this Lisa Jewell book is good, but it is not one that I feel EVERYONE must go buy and read now. As usual, the creative aspect of the storyline is well thought out, but the actual writing seems to be less edited, consisting of more grammar mistakes than normal.