The Girls: The gripping Richard and Judy Book Club pick
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Saffrye's perspective, which I personally found to be the most interesting, progresses along at a nice steady pace, ultimately revealing what happened on the night she disappeared.
There is an undercurrent of hesitation, a feeling just below the surface that seems dangerous somehow.The sisters’ relationship becomes strained as Grace spends more and more of her time with the Howes girls and their parents, Adele and Leo. Gradually, Grace develops a crush on Leo, who seems happy to play the genial father-figure to his daughters’ friends. There are some really stand out characters in this story. Like every other female in the book, I too fell madly in love with Leo. Of course Leo is fictional...does anyone like him really exist?! :-) Even Gordan, Leo's grumpy and obnoxious father was well imagined, and I think we all have someone like him in our own family. But my absolute favorite has to be Pip. 12 years old but wise beyond her years, with a fierce love for her family that is infectious. Then she cries out and clutches at her chest when a figure appears at her side. it is Max, the football mad loner of the community. He's only nine, three years younger than her. She can't believe he's still out here, wandering alone at this time of night. As ever, he is holding his beloved football, squeezing it tight against his stomach. he looks at Pip, his eyes wide and appalled. He looks as though he's about to say something, but no words come. He turns then and runs, down the hill, toward the lights.
Utterly believable characters, a gripping story and a dark secret buried at its core: this is Lisa Jewell at her heart-stopping best. Read more Look Inside Details After a fire forces them to move home, Clare and her daughters move to a seemingly tranquil new home within a picturesque communal garden square. This urban oasis is a place where neighbours pop in and out of houses, children play together and there is a real sense of community. Everybody trusts each other.I do LOVE Jewell’s writing though and I think she’s crazy talented. I just didn’t connect with this book as much as her others.
The Fours live in an upscale neighborhood. Roan Four is a child psychologist, he spends most of his time working, doesn’t interact with his own family much and his wife is left to constantly wonder if he still loves her. Cate and Roan have two teenagers living at home who may have their own secrets. The opening discovery of an unconscious Grace sets the tone for the whole book. It’s told from multiple points of view and I found Pip’s letters to her dad particularly poignant.This was an interesting book that moved at a very nice pace. The story is told through multiple POV's and that helps us to get into the minds of the characters and to also keep the pace of the book moving right along. I found this book to be well written and thought-provoking. This is a great reminder that there is more to people than meets the eye and often the real monsters walk in plain sight.