Her mother was the victim. Her father was the suspect. She was the only witness…
Rebecca Waterhouse is just thirteen when she witnesses her mother’s death at the hand of her father in Seaview Cottage.
But what else did Rebecca see?
Years later, Rebecca’s daughters Iris and Jessie know their mother will never speak of that terrible night. But when Jessie goes missing, with her gravely ill newborn, Iris realises the past may hold the key to her sister’s disappearance.
With Jessie in trouble, Iris must unravel a twisting story of love and betrayal in her mother’s family history.
Only then will Seaview Cottage give up its dark and tragic secret…
This is a story that flicks between past and present. The past builds up nicely to what is happening in the present and I was on edge waiting to see how everything was going to come together.
The author deals with some tough subjects to do with mental health and domestic abuse. It made me have huge empathy for Rebecca and her mum at what they had to endure. Rebecca suffering more with the mental abuse of watching her mum being beaten day in and day out.
I love how the author weaves the characters lives together. Her story telling is wonderful, her words and descriptions draw you in, making you not want to go anywhere for a while. The mystery and suspense of what happened in the past, builds up and had me totally captured.
The Lost Child is a compulsive read that didn’t let me go. It was so easy to lose myself into these characters lives, desperate to know what secrets were being kept from me. This is the second novel I have read by the author and have to say I am becoming a huge fan. A compelling and addictive read.
My thanks to Anne Cater and Headline Review for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
The Lost Child is available to purchase from Amazon.
Emily Gunnis previously worked in TV drama and lives in Brighton with her young family. She is one of the four daughters of Sunday Times bestselling author Penny Vincenzi. This is her second novel.