Some houses are never at peace.
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.
I couldn’t not start my review off without mentioning the gorgeous cover for this book. It truly is stunning and instantly catches your eye.
The blurb also attracted my attention, especially as it is likened to the style of The Woman in Black. Who doesn’t love a spookishly style read, especially at this time of year when the nights are closing in.
Personally for me, this book is best enjoyed on an evening when it’s cold and dark outside with the lights dimmed inside. It really adds to the atmosphere of the story. Not that it really needs it as it is set in an impressive country mansion. If anything the house sounded quite foreboding.
When stella arrives at the house with her maid Annie in tow, it isn’t long before strange going’s on start happening. From that point on, the story itself really intensifies. I loved that sense of dread of not knowing what was going to happen next and that there was definitely something unnatural going on.
The Lost Ones has a horror/supernatural feel about it. It would make a great movie that’s for sure. The creepy going on’s really adds to the tension that builds throughout. The climax was simply brilliant with everything unravelling and lots of shocking surprises coming to light. Hard to believe that this is a debut novel. An atmospheric, eerie read of which the authors writing style totally captivated me.
My thanks to Harper Collins UK for an advanced reader’s copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in any way.
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