Audiobook Review

The Girls

By
Lisa Jewell
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Performance
Overall
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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

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THE BIRDICT

🧡 There is something about communal gardens. A place where kids have more independence than they normally would. And Jewell smartly weaves a tale that takes this to the extreme.

💚 Jewell is a master of character creation.Each one is complex and authentic, but - and this is where she excels - they evoke polarising views. The homeschooling mum trying to shield her daughters from the world. The tragic femme fatale, The grimy old mysoginist. Each one gives the reader a stake in the story. A team to root for, or against.

💜 I’m not a fan of the child perspective woven throughout. Pip is a bit grating. But I almost think that's the point.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

🎧 NOTE: As I write, the version I listened to is no longer available on Audible. A new version is due out on 17 March 2022. Narrators not yet confirmed.

🎧 A really engaging listen. Easy to follow and brilliant narration by Gabrielle Glaister. She’s particularly suited for the characters of the two mums in the story, but is excellent throughout. I’m a Glaister fan generally from her work on the Why Mummy Drinks series.

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The ending. Hmmm. On one hand, answers were revealed. But I didn’t like the perpetrators going unpunished.
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The Girls

THE BLURB

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?