Monday, 21 October 2019

Book Review: The Lost Ones by Anita Frank (Historical/Paranormal/Mystery)

Title: The Lost Ones
Author: Anita Frank
HQ (Harlequin)

Publication Date: 21 October 2019
ARC from Publisher


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… 

The Lost Ones was a fun supernatural tale. It took a little while to get going, but once it did I enjoyed the story. The prose was simple; however, it held enough detail to establish period and set the scene. Stella made a compelling protagonist, though the romance angle I thought I saw coming never fully eventuated. The only downside I'd note is that I did guess the twists fairly early on. I knew well in advance what Stella would discover, which meant the book lost some of its tension and sense of expectation. Nonetheless, I was still happy to read on to see how she and the others would make the discovery. Although marketing compares this work to those by authors like Susan Hill, I personally thought it didn't have the menace of stories like The Woman in Black. I was never on the edge of my seat or jumping out of my skin. Still, it was a pleasant, fun read and will appeal to fans of historical supernatural mystery stories. Just don't go in expecting any major scares.

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