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  • Published: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473507890
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

The Girls

From the number one bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

Dark secrets, a devastating mystery and the games people play: the gripping novel from the bestselling author of Invisible Girl and Watching You.

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?

Utterly believable characters, a gripping story and a dark secret buried at its core: this is Lisa Jewell at her heart-stopping best.

  • Published: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473507890
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the author

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell was born in London. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks) as well as I Found You and Watching You. Lisa is a top ten New York Times and number one Sunday Times bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs and the best dog in the world.

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Praise for The Girls

Oh but I loved this book – a magical garden right in the centre of the city, a long, hot summer simmering away, a group of young teens, lurching between boredom and passion and ripe for their lives to start. And at its centre a dark and disturbing mystery that keeps you turning the pages long into the night. Lisa Jewell is the most compassionate storyteller. She writes with such lightness of touch, yet her books pack a powerful punch. A stunning, beautiful, mesmerising book that everyone will be reading this summer.

Tamar Cohen

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.

Jojo Moyes

I was utterly gripped from the start… basically a great read.

Irish Independent

A dark, propulsive thriller about teenage relationships, family secrets and dysfunctional parenting.


An engaging and atmospheric read, Lisa beautifully conjures up the half-child half-adult lives of young teenagers.

Jane Fallon

A dark, compelling story.

Woman & Home

[Lisa Jewell] is moving into fascinating, more complex psychological territory with each book

Jojo Moyes

Full of twists and turns.

Prima Review

Another winner. Beautiful writing, believable characters, a pacy narrative and dark secrets combine to make this a gripping read.

Daily Mail

A compelling read.

Good Housekeeping

Dark and scarily believable, this is a must-read

Fabulous Magazine

Lisa creates beguiling characters, which dazzle from the page. This is a terrific suspense story told with that brooding promise of danger that taunts us to read on, to chase the elusive truth at the heart of the book.

Rachel Hore

Compelling, intriguing and unputdownable


Captivating, entertaining and rich with emotion

Press Association

This book gives everything I could want in a book: believable characters, love, respect, and a mystery to be solved.

Mature Times

A compelling read.

Good Housekeeping online

Captivating, entertaining and rich with emotion, this is a perfect holiday read for the summer.

Irish Examiner

An engrossing mystery novel that will keep you guessing until the end.


A really complex story full of suspense and incredible characterisation. One of my favourite books this year.

(Mostly) Yummy Mummy