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 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

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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  • ebook
  • 384 pages
  • The Playground
  • Jane Shemilt
  • 06 August 2019
  • 9780062939432

10 thoughts on “The Playground

  1. says:

    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

  2. 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 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.

  3. 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 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.

  4. 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 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 occur in each family, the fracture lines always there but now becoming visible as their new friendships develop each family has some level of dysfunction but some are far worse than others When a tragic series of events occur, it leads to questions and suspicion but this is where Ms Shemilt has mastered the art of the Red herring The characters are well rounded, flawed, and at times despicable There are times when I thought it wasn t possible to be that oblivious but it s always easy on the outside looking in One thing becomes obvious, someone is paying attention to the dalliances and weaknesses of others and will use this knowledge to manipulate and destroy until they get what they want.This is a page turner and I think a great read for any fan of the genre I know I ll be reading from Ms Shemilt.A big thank you to Edelweiss, Harper Collins Publishers, and William Morrow for providing me with a copy of The Playground to read and review.

  5. 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 read that by the time the end come I was ok with it I will defiantly be reading Jame Shemilt s other book very soon.

  6. 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 Morrow and Jane Shemilt for my complimentary e copy ARC in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own.

  7. 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 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 helping her daughter Two other families pay for the tutoring Grace and Martin for Blake, and Melissa and Paul for Izzy On the first day of classes, the die is cast and all the children are together Blake s sister Charley is allowed to stay and Eve s two youngest are also home The families become involved with each other, resulting in an illicit relationship And no one is really watching the children and their secret games.The novel opens with foreshadowing that something terrible is going to happen and clearly the combination of these three very different families is toxic Truly, this is a novel populated by very unlikable, self involved and delusional characters, with the exception of Grace who is the only one who is working hard and therefore not around early enough to see warning signs Her husband Martin is a slouch, allowing her to shoulder the load Eve annoyed me to no end, with her mantra that children need freedom to run free, unstructured and unwatched I understand allowing unstructured play time, but that doesn t mean unobserved Melissa allows her husband to abuse her and doesn t seem to realize her daughter is watching this behavior But, make no mistake, someone is watching and the children know of what is going on and have secrets of their own.Obviously, the writing is very good, especially when it elicits such strong emotions Shemilt does a satisfying job developing her characters and their points of view in the multiple narratives We hear from Eve, Melissa, Grace, and Izzy There are a few twists that might distract your attention, but Shemilt provides enough ominous indications that most readers are going to know what is going on long before the denouement.Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollinshttp 2019 1

  8. says:

    Rating somewhere between 2.5 3 The Playground features three families that live in the surrounding areas of London Eve and Eric have three children, Melissa and Paul have a teenage daughter, and Grace and Martin have two children The three families are brought together because they all have a child who has dyslexia Eve is a teacher and stay at home mom who has decided to start tutoring her oldest daughter and other dyslexic children.From the outside, each of these families seem normal and adjusted On in the inside, dysfunction rules The Playground rotates perspectives between the three woman It is clear from the beginning that something has happened that involves the police, but it is unclear to whom or what The book is full of drama and self absorbed adults who don t see that their children are playing dangerous games The rotating perspectives were a bit disjointed at first and I had trouble keeping track of who was who Side note I have a habit of writing on bookmarks when this happens Then I can start keeping them straight Occasionally there would be short paragraphs from the kids perspectives In the end, I think I would have preferred the entire book to be written from the kids perspective or even switch to the kids perspective later on in the book Clearly the kids were up to something while the parents were distracted by their own dramas.This book had so much potential In the end it was full of loose ends and unnecessary plot lines I actually had to reach out to another book reviewer before I wrote this review because I needed to put my thoughts in order The title doesn t seem to have anything to do with the book And the synopsis states that there are 5 kids, when there are clearly 6 I hope this is caught before final publication.TW Implied sexual assault, rape, physical and emotional abuse

  9. 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 her normal 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 independent how Eve believes children should be raised Add in Grace and her two children, Eve s landscaper husband Eric, Melissa s uptight husband Paul, Grace s author husband Martin, and a sketchy gardener and we have an unforgettable cast that provides a multifaceted plot and lots of drama Other than some light drama, what could go wrong at a dyslexia tutoring session It turns out that a lot can go wrong and no one is safe These characters have issues that go way deeper than the surface Each of the women make decisions that have irrevocable consequences Once the nightmare begins, it s hard to stop it How will this group of friends handle the challenges thrown their way, or will it tear them apart I thought this book provided a good mix of entertainment, psychological insight, unease, and some great twists and turns The main issue I had though is that last two pages were underdeveloped and a little confusing, leaving me to question what actually happened in the book Other than that, it was a solid contemporary drama with some morbid thriller vibes Thank you tlcbooktours and William Morrow books for my free copy.

  10. says:

    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

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