Book Review: The House We Grew Up In, Lisa Jewell

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Synopsis

Meet the Bird Family


All four children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden.  But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear them apart.  The years pass and the children become adults and begin to develop their own quite separate lives. Soon it’s almost as though they’ve never been a family at all.  Almost. But not quite.  Because something has happened that will call them home, back to the house they grew up in – and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

Publisher: Century, July 2013

Reviewer: Stacey Atkins

Having recently read and thoroughly enjoyed ‘Before I met you’, I was more than happy to read and review this book!  The cover drew me in and the back was very intriguing. Definitely the sort of book I’d go for.

The book is centred around the Bird family, who seem to be the perfect family, albeit slightly nutty!  The eccentric mother of 4 ‘Lorelie’, appears to cherish and dote on her children, making Easter the family event of the every year, with Easter hunts and traditional roast lamb. That is until one Easter ends in tragedy, which most of the family try to sweep under the carpet, choosing not to deal with the situation and its consequences. The story follows the family falling to bits unearthing some very dark secrets. Lisa Jewell is brave to touch on some controversial subjects, making the story and its characters really believable.

This book was so easy to read and really good! She is now up there as one of my favourite authors!

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