The Girls

ISBN 13: 9781780893600

The Girls

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Dark secrets, a devastating mystery and the games people play: the gripping new novel from the bestselling 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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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. Thirteen 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 ... Keep in touch with Lisa: www.lisa-jewell.co.uk www.facebook.com/LisaJewellOfficial @lisajewelluk on Twitter

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"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 "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." Tamar Cohen "I was utterly gripped from the start... basically a great read." Irish Independent "Another winner. Beautiful writing, believable characters, a pacy narrative and dark secrets combine to make this a gripping read." Daily Mail "A dark, propulsive thriller about teenage relationships, family secrets and dysfunctional parenting." Metro "[Lisa Jewell] is moving into fascinating, more complex psychological territory with each book" Jojo Moyes "A dark, compelling story." Woman & Home "Full of twists and turns." Prima Review "A compelling read." Good Housekeeping "Dark and scarily believable, this is a must-read" Fabulous Magazine "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 "Compelling, intriguing and unputdownable" Candis

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