Big Little Lies Meets Lord Of The Flies In This Electrifyingly Twisty Follow Up To Jane Shemilt S Breakout Debut The DaughterOver The Course Of A Long, Hot Summer In London, The Lives Of Three Very Different Married Couples Collide When Their Children Join The Same Tutoring Circle, Resulting In Illicit Relationships, Shocking Violence, And Unimaginable FalloutThere S Eve, A Bougie Earth Mother With A Well Stocked Trust Fund She Has Three Little Ones, A Blue Collar Husband And Is Obsessed With Her Instagrammable Recipes And Lifestyle And Melissa, A Successful Interior Designer Whose Casually Cruel Banker Husband Is Careful Not To Leave Visible Bruises She Curates Her Perfectly Thin Body So Closely She Misses Everything Their Teenage Daughter Is Hiding Then There S Grace, A Young Zimbabwean Immigrant, Who Lives In High Rise Housing Project With Her Two Children And Their English Father Martin, An Award Winning But Chronically Broke Novelist She Does Far For Her Family Than She Should Have ToAs The Weeks Go By, The Couples Become Very Close There Are Barbecues, Garden Parties, A Holiday At A Country Villa In Greece Resentments Flare An Affair Begins Unnoticed, The Children Run Wild The Couples Are Busily Watching Each Other, So Distracted And Self Absorbed That They Forget To Watch Their Children No One Sees The Five Children At Their Secret Games Or Realize How Much Their Family Dynamics Are Changing Until Tragedy StrikesThe Story Twists And Then Twists Again While The Three Families Desperately Search For Answers It S Only As They Begin To Unravel The Truth Of What Happened Over The Summer That They Realize Evil Has Crept Quietly Into Their WorldBut Has This Knowledge Come Too Late Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review and blog tour featureTHE PLAYGROUND by Jane Shemilt is the perfect lighter suspense read to cozy up with during the cold weather this winter I m happy I went into it kind of blindly I need to get better at rereading the synopses before starting so that I wasn t anticipating a crazy and twisty thriller While there are some twists and turns throughout the book there is plenty of drama and manipulation happening to keep you on your toes.We are introduced to three different families as all of their children are part of the same tutoring class for dyslexic children All have different methods of parenting and there s plenty of drama to go around when it comes to them interacting with one another Secrets, illicit relationships, and consequences galore for this group of friends.Who doesn t love a good domestic drama I thought this was an easy read and one you could get through fairly quickly and there was plenty to keep your attention A couple things felt a little rushed towards the end and felt a little muddled for me, and I didn t really connect with any of the characters None of them were particularly likeable, which isn t always a bad thing There just felt like there was something missing for me, but I can t really put my finger on it Still would highly recommend to those wanting a lighter suspense What a wild ride, this is a playground you want to avoid taking your children to You know how you feel when you get off one of those playground merry go rounds A little shook, a little queasy, a little unstable, A little flustered, that s how I felt after reading this book Three couples Meat and form a fast friendship Their children all get along so well and this leads to barbecues, dinners, and even vacations together All three couples are very different, but they are all very damaged and have some major secrets What follows is a story full of deceit and tragedy I would classify this as a dark domestic drama, despicable characters doing questionable things I found myself shaking my head at these characters several times, I could not believe how involved they were in their own lives and how oblivious they were to what was going on with these kids There are several tragedies in this story and I am still a little confused as to the reaction of some of the characters This is one of those books where you don t necessarily like any of the characters, but the story is so compelling you just have to find out what the heck is going on The story jumps between multiple perspectives and I have to admit I found this a little confusing in the beginning There are a lot of characters and I couldn t exactly figure out whose kid belonged to who for the first little bit, but once I did it became a little clear This book really kind of made me think about people s priorities and made me put myself in these character s shoes Some actions are a little forgivable than others, I m still a little angry with some of these characters A twisty story with a disturbing ending that still has me reeling This Book was narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden Who I thought did a wonderful job There really is nothing better than having a book set in England read to you in an English accent This book in emojis Big thanks to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my copy of this book AH HA HA HA I KNEW IT points finger and then shakes fist What an interesting web you weave, Shemilt The synopsis definitely says best when it comes to Big Little Lies feels because those are definitely all there These parents are the worst I mean, they don t mean to be but they re so busy dealing with their own issues to really pay attention to their children Then again, what s really right or wrong every one has a different parenting technique I don t even want to blame them too much even though there are definitely some that I just wanna slap silly.Listen, this is a fun read We get various POVs with occasional breaks between fuller chapters of the kids thoughts I m not quite sure if I liked those I think they either should ve been elaborated on a little bit or just left out altogether They didn t really lend a whole lot to my personal reading experience There are also a few things that didn t seem to make sense like that random raisin you find in a chocolate chip cookie Here s the thing I figured this one out very early on But that s ok I don t mind figuring things out as long as the rest of the ride is still a fun one to be on This one is a bit bumpy at times but phew I think I had love hate relationships with almost all the characters and just needed a bit With everything going on, some things didn t get fully fleshed out I may have almost liked it if it had been written from the kids perspectives And while I have a lot of why why why going on in my head by certain things, sometimes it s better to just enjoy the journey A good read for those who like those domestic dramas with a touch of evilness Avid thriller readers may find this easily predictable and not as full as they would otherwise prefer. Three families and their children become close over the course of a summer The parents become too focused on their selves and leave the children too much freedom When bad things start to happen the parents are devastated The truth is much worse than they originally thought This was a good thriller but at times, the story doesn t make as much sense as it should Some of the characters actions are very questionable I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
Jane is a general practitioner who completed a post graduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol university and went on to study for a M.A in Creative writing at Bath Spa She was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbitt award and the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for Daughter, her first novel.She and her husband, a Professor of Neurosurgery, have 5 children and live in Bristol, England.
- 384 pages
- The Playground
- Jane Shemilt
- 04 May 2019 Jane Shemilt