Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Lost Child - by Ann Troup

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My own copy
Original Cover

The blurb: 

Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow’s End when she was just 3 years old. She was never found.

Thirty years on, Elaine Ellis is carrying her mother’s ashes back to Hallow’s End to scatter them in the place that she once called home. Elaine has never been there, but it’s the only place Jean talked about while she was growing up – so it seems as good a place as any.

As Elaine settles into her holiday cottage in the peaceful Devonshire village, she gets to know the locals; family she never knew she had, eccentric and old-fashioned gentry, and new friends where she would least expect them. But she is intrigued by the tale of the missing girl that the village still carries at its heart, and which somehow continues to overshadow them all. Little does she know how much more involved in the mystery she will become…

My opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

When Elaine’s mother dies, she goes to the place where her mother grew up. Arriving in Hallow’s End the mystery and the secrets start. The disappearance of 3 year old Mandy many years ago hangs like a dark shadow over the village.

Elaine meets teenage girl Brodie and seems to be the only one cracking this girl’s shell. Brodie is Mandy’s sister and her whole family is just a mess, a lot to go through in her young age.
Back home her childhood crush Dan is make reparations of Elaine’s mother’s house. He discovers something and by half of the book he takes up a very important part of the story.

What happened to Mandy?! The mystery, the dark secrets are beautifully described in a story full of twists and turns.

I kind of felt how it all would end by 50% of the story and sometimes there were to many people involved in this whole mystery. That made it a bit hard to follow the story.
It’s still a captivating, fascinating and thought provoking story. If you love mystery, you will love this book.


My possible cast:

Elaine: Jennifer Connelly

Dan: Jake Gyllenhaal

Brodie: Kiernan Shipka


Author Bio:

Ann Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.

Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughters bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.
She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking part in the tour lovely! Glad you enjoyed the book! :) xxx