The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
Genre: Cultural (India)
Pages: 300 (ARC), 320 Hardback
Source: TLC Booktours
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 15, 2011)
The redemptive journey of a young woman unsure of her engagement, who revisits in memory the events of one scorching childhood summer when her beautiful yet troubled mother spirits her away from her home to an Indian village untouched by time, where she discovers in the jungle behind her ancestral house a spellbinding garden that harbors a terrifying secret.
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Shown through the eyes of a ten year old, this story introduces a family torn apart by secrets. Secrets that have changed the lives, hopes, and dreams of an entire family. Rakhee travels with her mother, Anna, to visit her family in India. There she meets and plays with her cousins and learns of her family history. After stumbling upon a secret garden and cottage, Rakhee searches for answers in an effort to keep her family together as it seems to be falling apart at the seams.
This is the perfect suspense though not a who-done-it. The reader is able to piece together parts of the mystery by looking through the lens of a ten year old. I might have reached the answer long before the protagonist but had to wait for her to catch up. I found this to be an extremely dramatic and emotional book. It didn't make me want to cry but it could be depressing at times. I found myself so angry at Anna, like Rakhee and it saddened me to see a family continue to make the same mistakes. This is one that will stick with you long after you have finished. I didn't think I would like it for some reason, but I couldn't put it down. My husband and I had to push back our movie date so I could finish this book. Thanks Sweets! I recommend this to anyone who enjoys thoughtful/suspenseful reads.
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