A community with a common garden and two crimes. One years ago and one in the present. ‘The Girls in the Garden’ tells the story of the complex relationships involved in a close knit community.The story begins with Pip finding her sister Grace in the garden after an apparent attack . The story then back tracks to the events leading the crime. Soon it is revealed that years before a similar event occurred in the same area of the garden.
I enjoyed this book. It reminded me somewhat of the ‘Girl on the Train’ in that the reader knows a crime has taken place then a large cast of possible suspects is introduced and the details of the event slowly emerge.
The first half of the novel went quite slowly for me but the second half o picked up speed. Although,I didn’t find this novel as engrossing as the ‘Girl on the Train’,I did find the characters well developed, interesting, and believable. I did find this book fairly predicable for a mystery/thriller and I found the ending pretty somewhat of a let down.
Overall, I did enjoy this novel and would recommend ‘The Girls in the Garden’ for anyone that likes a good modern ‘who done it’. I wish there were more books in this genre set in America as lately I find the novels I am most interested in are set in the UK .
Overall, I give this novel a strong for stars.
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I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.