Thursday 31 October 2019

✪ The Lost Ones ✪ Anita Frank ✪

Some houses are never at peace.

England, 1917

Reeling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her imposing country mansion, Greyswick – but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion.

Before long, strange incidents begin to trouble Stella – sobbing in the night, little footsteps on the stairs – and as events escalate, she finds herself drawn to the tragic history of the house.

Aided by a wounded war veteran, Stella sets about uncovering Greyswick’s dark and terrible secrets – secrets the dead whisper from the other side…

In the classic tradition of The Woman in Black, Anita Frank weaves a spell-binding debut of family tragedy, loss and redemption.

ARC received from Harlequin Australia for an honest review

I watch TV shows  and documentaries about old houses and estates, and I always thing "boy there must be plenty of ghosts in those halls, and skeletons in those family closets".

The Lost ones was what I imagine a gothic style house would be.  Kind of a Jane Eyre kind of vibe with mysterious happenings upstairs.

What secrets is Greyswick hiding?  What have the residents got to hide?

I was drawn into the mystery along with Stella, Annie and Mr Sheers - I knew something was going on, they knew something was going on, it was a matter of uncovering all the truths.

There were some things that were pretty predictable with this kind of story, however there were a couple of things that surprised me - I usually have a good idea of the whos the whats and the whys, however there were a couple of "WOW" moments for me.

I found this story well written and flowed well.   I was engaged in the story the whole time I was reading.  Ms Frank has done a good job with her debut novel, and I look forward to more in the future.