19th September 2019. 4 stars.
Sometimes I like to step outside my normal reading list to try a new author or a different style of book. The Lost Child ticked both boxes and gave me an enjoyable and emotionally involving mystery that cast a long shadow over three generations of one family.
The story moves between the three generations, revealing the lives of Harriet, Rebecca and her children Iris and Jessie. I felt the movement between the generations affected the flow of the story and led to a slow build up during the first half of the book. However, the lives of the characters and the tragedy at the heart of the story were beautifully revealed, warts and all. This paid dividends as the story progressed because I began to care deeply about what was happening to the characters.
As the story gathered momentum, the tension increased. While the final twist was no great surprise, it still packed an emotional punch to conclude a thoroughly engaging and heart-breaking story. It left me both breathless and surprised by how deeply affected I’d been by the story and characters.
This is quality writing and story telling.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys novels with strong, well-drawn characters, dealing with deeply personal issues and secrets.
A tragic death. A missing baby. A long-kept secret…
- Thirteen-year-old Rebecca and her mother live in fear of Rebecca’s father’s violent temper. As a storm batters Seaview Cottage one night, Rebecca hears a visitor at the door and an argument ensues. By the time the police arrive, the visitor has fled and both Rebecca’s parents are dead. No one believes Rebecca’s story that she heard a stranger downstairs…
- Iris, a journalist, is sent to cover the story of a new mother on the run with her desperately ill baby, as the police race against time to find them. When the trail leads back to Seaview Cottage, the childhood home of Iris’s own mother, Rebecca, Iris must unravel the events of the night Rebecca is desperate to forget for Seaview Cottage to give up its secrets.