Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Lost Child - Ann Troup (Review)

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Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Publication date: 
May 19th 2015

Publisher: Carina
Format: ebook
How I got it: Ann Troup in order to provide an honest review
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My rating: 4/5
 


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…
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My thoughts:

I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book.  I was completely intrigued by the synopsis and I love a good mystery so I was ready to dive in.  I was not expecting to get completely sucked into the story and ended up not being able to put my Kindle down. 

I loved Elaine in the beginning of the book she came off as a person who just lost her mother and was trying to keep herself together.  She went to the one place that her mother mentioned she grew up in, not knowing that much about her mother's past.  It was the perfect setting for this mystery to unravel.  A child had gone missing in this small town many years ago and people in the town could never get passed it.  Elaine had no idea any of this went down.   Elaine started to have a friendship with Brodie the young girl who lived at the place she was staying.  Brodie was the sister of the girl who went missing all the years ago.   Also, as the story grew Elaine felt protective of Brodie and it felt like she was forming her own new family from losing her mom.

The story is told through multiple perspectives, which is perfect for this book.  Each person keeps adding to the suspense and allowing the story to build and unfold right before the readers eyes.  I enjoyed getting to see what other people though about what was really going on.  I loved that also we would get cliffhangers from the characters giving their perspective such as Dan saying he saw something about Brodie he had to tell Elaine about, but we don't find out what that was for a little bit in the book.  For me this keep the book moving along nicely. 

I do feel like the story was a little predictable when Elaine is talking about not knowing much about her mom or her childhood I could see where it was going.   I did love that the author didn't drag that out the whole book and was able to expand past what we could have guessed was going to happen.   Also, the author threw in other twists and turns to allow the book to really leave you in suspense.

The ending of the book is amazing.  I am so glad that the author summed everything up and put it in a nice ribbon and bow for the reader.  I had a few lingering questions and the summery answered everything.  After finishing the book I felt accomplished since I knew how everything ended and could image what the future holds.

I suggest reading this book when you have a lot of time on your hands because once you start reading you are going to want to know what happens.   There is a lot of suspense that is built up and you want to know what really happened to Mandy.  Also, there are a few things that come out of left field and I felt like I had to keep reading to figure out all the details.  This to me is more of a weekend read I was hooked.

I received a copy of this book from Ann Troup for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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About the Author 

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.

In a former incarnation she was psychiatric nurse, an experience which frequently informs her writing. She has also owned a cafe and an art/craft gallery. Now she only makes bacon sandwiches as a sideline, but does continue to dabble with clay, paint, paper, textiles, glue…you name it. Occasionally she may decide to give away some of these creations (you have been warned!).

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