Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow’s End when she was just 3 years old. She was never found.
Thirty years on, Elaine Ellis is carrying her mother’s ashes back to Hallow’s End to scatter them in the place that she once called home. Elaine has never been there, but it’s the only place Jean talked about while she was growing up – so it seems as good a place as any.
As Elaine settles into her holiday cottage in the peaceful Devonshire village, she gets to know the locals; family she never knew she had, eccentric and old-fashioned gentry, and new friends where she would least expect them. But she is intrigued by the tale of the missing girl that the village still carries at its heart, and which somehow continues to overshadow them all. Little does she know how much more involved in the mystery she will become…
This is a debut novel, and I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to read and review this book.
I love it when two ‘misfits’ fit together and conquer. This is what happens when Elaine and Brodie meet each other. Elaine’s controlling mother has just died and she rents a summer cottage where she meets Brodie, a fifteen year old, with the world against her. I loved them both from the start and their relationship that followed. Mandy, the missing child is Brodie’s sister. She has been missing for thirty years and is the cause of Brodie’s mothers heartache.
The tale is one of mystery, sadness and secrets that starts bright and goes dark very quickly.
The Lost Child is a fabulous read that I adored from the start. It was a read that I was completely enamored by. Although a mystery, The Lost Child is a very easy read and one to get easily lost in, I looked at the clock and realised I had been reading for three hours, it didn’t seem like it at all.
Ann Troup has written a novel that is to love and be smitten by, it really is a tale that will delight and enthrall.
There is a line in the book that reads, ‘she pulled the door open and wedged it with ONE OF ALBERT’S BOOKS.’ Ann Troup the very thought….