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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 13-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.

©2015 Lisa Jewell (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Is this a copy

I have heard this story before???has she copied it or re released…apparently it’s a new version very misleading

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Ok but not her best

Didn’t have me on the edge of my seat like some of her other books

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amazing but disappointing ending

I literally could not stop listening throughout but I was disappointed with the ending. I was expecting a big twist that kind of never came. the ending was too obvious for me

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Too many unanswered questions

I feel like I need another 4 or 5 chapters to really answer a lot of the questions that have been left hanging in this book. Lots of back story for the characters but no concrete reasons for those back stories... I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might want to read this, but you'll know what I mean if you read/have read it.

From a production perspective, I found myself getting a bit muddled between which character perspective was being portrayed each time. I think it might have helped to either provide a longer pause between shifts in the 2 adult women character perspectives, or header them as "Adele" or "Claire". A few times I found myself thinking "Why on earth is Claire talking about homeschooling?" only to realise that a shift to Adele had occurred.

The narration was good and didn't irk me even with headphones on, which is pretty high praise from me (no awful gulping or spitting noises etc.)

I love Lisa Jewell as an author, but overall, this was just ok, and I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It was a bit of a let down.

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The Girls

Usually love Lisa Jewell books but this one I had to give up half way through - so disappointing - the narratives were so boring

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A bit dull, sadly

I usually really enjoy Lisa Jewell novels but found this all a bit non-eventful, nothing really happens and no delightful twists. Boo.

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All Mums Should Read This

Another Lisa Jewell mystery but in fact a story about real life. I loved meeting all the characters and seeing them interact. As a mum of girls I empathised with the anxiety and fears of Adele and Claire and completely understood how they would keep secrets for their children. Lisa Jewell you never let your readers down. I can’t wait to read your next novel.

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a really good story and well executed

I enjoyed this book, it was interesting and had a nice flow to it. the characters were defined and believable. it was a nice read (listen).

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Amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was very clever in the way it was written.