The Playground


      The Playground
Big Little Lies meets Lord of The Flies in this electrifyingly twisty follow up to Jane Shemilt s breakout debut The Daughter.Over 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 fallout.There 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 to.As 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 strikes.The 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 world.But has this knowledge come too late Best Read [ The Playground ] author [ Jane Shemilt ] – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

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.

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Playground
  • Jane Shemilt
  • 25 April 2017
  • 0062939424

10 thoughts on “ The Playground

  1. says:

    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 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 ...

  2. says:

    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 T...

  3. says:

    First Sentence It was surprising how quickly things took off in the end, like a bonfire, one of those big ones the children loved so much The Playground by Jane Shemilt is an insightful story that explores how engrossed some can become in their own needs and desires, and what is perceived as happiness that they ignore the glaring signs that all is not what it should be with those closest to them The story centers around three couples that form an unlikely yet close friendship when their First Sentence It was surprising how quickly things took off in the end, like a bonfire, one of those big ones the children loved so much The Playground by Jane Shemilt is an insightful story that explores how engrossed some can become in their own needs and desires, and what is perceived as happiness that they ignore the glaring signs that all is not what it should be with those closest to them The story centers around three couples that form an unlikely yet close friendship when their children are part of the same Sunday tutoring group Over the course of a few months, they are soon eating weekday meals together, ferrying each other s children around and going on vacations together It s not long before fractures occ...

  4. says:

    Even though this was a fiction book, it was very disturbing Once I started reading this book I could not put it down There is so much going on in this story it made me angry at times and sad at times and even sick to my stomach at other times How parents can let there children out of there site and not know what they are up to at all times is a scary thought This book takes things up 10 notches This is a fantastic story I was a little disappointed in the ending but it was such an amazing Even though this was a fiction book, it was very disturbing Once I started reading this book I could not put it down There is so much going on in this story it made me angry at times and sad at times and even sick to my stomach at other times How parents can let there children out of there site and not know what they are up to at all ...

  5. says:

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable and deliciously wicked read Given the subject matter of missing children, it may not be to everyone s taste, but I loved it Shemilt is an excellent writer and this was unputdownable.Many thanks to Netgalley, William Morr...

  6. says:

    The Playground by Jane Shemilt is a highly recommended domestic drama.Set in London, the lives of three very different couples and their children intertwine and become toxic in The Playground Eve has a healthy trust fund and is married to Eric, a landscaper They have three children, Poppy, 11, Sorrel, 6, and Ash, 3 Melissa is a successful interior designer married to Paul, an abusive, cruel banker They have one child, Isabelle Izzy , 13 Grace is an immigrant from Zimbabwe who is married to The Playground by Jane Shemilt is a highly recommended domestic drama.Set in London, the lives of three very different couples and their children intertwine and become toxic in The Playground Eve has a healthy trust fund and is married to Eric, a landscaper They have three children, Poppy, 11, Sorrel, 6, and Ash, 3 Melissa is a successful interior designer married to Paul, an abusive, cruel banker They have one child, Isabelle Izzy , 13 Grace is an immigrant from Zimbabwe who is married to Martin, a one time successful English writer They have two children, Blake, 11, and Charley, 9 The family lives on the 13th floor in a high rise housing project and Grace is the sole provider for them.The families meet when Eve becomes certified to teach children with dyslexia She did this to help Poppy, but decides to offer classes to help other children while help...

  7. says:

    3.75 stars.The Playground still unsure where the title comes from, there s no playground involved follows 3 very different women as they embark on an unforgettable and life changing journey together It all starts when Eve gets her certification and puts together a dyslexia tutoring group Melissa, one of Eve s closest friends, brings her 13 year old daughter, Izzy, there in an attempt to teach hernormal behavior and find her some friends Eve s children Ash, Sorrel, and Poppy the 3.75 stars.The Playground still unsure where the title comes from, there s no playground involved follows 3 very different women as they embark on an unforgettable and life changing journey together It all starts when Eve gets her certification and puts together a dyslexia tutoring group Melissa, one of Eve s closest friends, brings her 13 year old daughter, Izzy, there in an attempt to teach hernormal behavior and find her some friends Eve s children Ash, Sorrel, and Poppy the dyslexic one , have free range on their vast property untethered, wild, and indepe...

  8. says:

    There s a lot of things I m not sure about in The Playground I m not sure if there s really a plot line for the first half of the book The characters, adults and children both, just go in circles around each other, manipulating and contriving I m not really sure what the title has to do with the book unless it s a metaphor, since the playground built for the youngest child barely makes an appearance I m not sure if I m supposed to like any of the characters since most of them are weak willed There s a lot of things I m not sure about in The Playground I m not sure if there s really a plot line for the first half of the book The characters, adults and children both, just go in circles around each other, manipulating and contriving I m not really sure what the title has to do with the book unless it s a metaphor, since the playground built for the youngest child barely makes an appearance I m not sure if I m supposed to like any of the characters since most of them are weak willed or power hungry, and some just get worse as the story goes on I find Grace the most interesting and complex, which isn t hard, since most of the characters are pretty one dimensional to me throughout most of the book I kept waiting for ...

  9. says:

    I received this ARC from Harper Collins Publishers and through LibraryThing Thank you to both for the opportunity to read this advanced copy.I wish we could partially fill in stars, I would give this book 3 3 4 stars, just under 4.It is an enjoyable read with some twisted, heavy subject matter, but don t fret it is not detailed The story is told through the writings of Grace one of the moms and revolves around 3 families over the course of summer Eve another mom tutors children from I received this ARC from Harper Collins Publishers and through LibraryThing Thank you to both for the opportunity to read this advanced copy.I wish we could partially fill in stars, I would give this book 3 3 4 stars, just under 4.It is an enjoyable read with some twisted, heavy subject matter, but don t fret it is not detailed The story is told through the writings of Grace one of the moms and revolves around 3 families over the course of summer Eve another mom tu...

  10. says:

    I m at a loss how to rate this because on one hand, I absolutely loved the debauchery and completely messed up story, but I also hated the characters BUT In a story like this you can t have characters you like, you don t really want to root for anyone so I m torn I knew what was going to happen fairly early on but the way we get there is so bizarre with twists and turns and new information that it was hard to put it down because there never felt like a good place to stop This was the second I m at a loss how to rate this because on one hand, I absolutely loved the debauchery and completely messed up story, but I also hated the characters BUT In a story like this you can t have characters you like, you don t really want to root for anyone so I m torn I knew what was going to happen fairly early on but the way we get there is so bizarre with twists and turns and new information that it was hard to put it down because there never felt like a good place to s...

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