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.
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.
An engaging and atmospheric read, Lisa beautifully conjures up the half-child half-adult lives of young teenagers.
Oh but I loved this book – a magical garden right in the centre of the city, a long, hot summer simmering away, a group of young teens, lurching between boredom and passion and ripe for their lives to start. And at its centre a dark and disturbing mystery that keeps you turning the pages long into the night. Lisa Jewell is the most compassionate storyteller. She writes with such lightness of touch, yet her books pack a powerful punch. A stunning, beautiful, mesmerising book that everyone will be reading this summer.
I was utterly gripped from the start… basically a great read.
Another winner. Beautiful writing, believable characters, a pacy narrative and dark secrets combine to make this a gripping read.
Lisa Jewell discusses how she creates characters for her novels