The Lost Ones by Anita Frank


About the Book

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…

In the classic tradition of The Woman in Black, Anita Frank weaves a spell-binding debut of family tragedy, loss and redemption.

What I thought

Oh wow, I absolutely loved everything about this book, it was such a brilliant, enthralling read.  After a few chapters in I’d really got into the style of writing.  It is very evocative of the time.  The author never slips at any point throughout the book, keeping up the style of speech and the narration completely in keeping with the era and of the aristocracy at the time.  I couldn’t quite remember whether it was a timeslip book when I first started it, but really hoped it wouldn’t move into the present.  Luckily the whole story is set in 1917 so we keep the delightful dialogue right the way through to the end.  It’s very Downton Abbey esque I imagine, as I have never watched it.

It is just so many genres all rolled into one, which kept me completely riveted throughout.  Supernatural hauntings, a story of loved ones lost to the first World War and at such very young ages.  It’s a story of upstairs and downstairs, the gentry and their servants.  Family betrayal, jealousy, all wrapped up in a mystery that Stella Marcham, the protagonist and narrator of the story must solve.

It’s very sad and moving in parts, yet there’s always the macabre, ghostly happenings to draw you in and cause shivers up the spine as you whip through the pages.  It all culminates in shocking revelations and a mystery solved.  There were quite a few OMG’s being uttered out loud by me as I got towards the end of the book.

It really is absolutely brilliant and I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, no matter what your preferred genre; I defy anyone not to enjoy this story.  I would definitely read any future books by this author, but its such an amazing debut, that I just don’t see it being superseded by anything better – however if a future book is as good as this, then that will be good enough for me.  Fantastic!

♥ Happy Reading ♥

Thank you to HQ publishing for an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The book is out for publication on 31 October (aptly Halloween) for both the e-book and in hardback. Available on Amazon

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