“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.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Clare and her two daughters, Grace and Pip, move into their new home after Clare’s husband and the girls’ father suffers a mental breakdown.
At first communal living seems idyllic, but is isn’t long before it becomes apparent that the arrival of the two girls has upset the natural balance of relationships in the gardens. Things become more oppressive until one evening one of the girls is found unconscious and no-one seems to know what has happened. As dark secrets of the residents are uncovered, the unsolved murder of a young girl 30 years previously is drawing parallels with the present day.