Monday, 17 February 2020

Addendum...

I was feeling a bit rushed yesterday when I was writing my post, and regret that I did not do the novel justice, so I’m going to write a bit more about my thoughts on the book this morning, as I sip a special loose tea that I purchased while visiting my oldest friend this past summer, Manitoba Pumpkin Spice, and enjoy a slice of freshly baked Date Bread.  
The Girls in the Garden was much more than just a suspenseful read.  This modern-day gothic novel, which is set almost entirely within the insulated walls of the private park and gardens of the neighbourhood, treats readers to a present-day mystery which is expertly intertwined with a decades-old death, also of a young girl in the park.  Are these two attacks related, and, if so, how? This novel looks at family and relationships, and asks readers to question whether blood relations are more important than relationships developed through social networks. This ended up being the perfect novel to write about this weekend, as Pip, Grace and Clare moved into their new flat in the middle of winter (like now!), the attack occurred on Grace’s birthday, and the whole novel explores family and relationships, perfect for Family Day.  It is just the kind of plot and story I enjoy, weaving together an old unsolved mystery, family secrets and troubling present-day circumstances, an atmosphere where nothing is as it seems. I will definitely be checking out other books by this author, and would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys these types of mysteries.
That’s all for this weekend.  Enjoy your Family Day!
Bye for now…
Julie

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