I’m delighted to be taking part in the Neverland Blog Tours for The Lost Child; please read on for my thoughts and a very generous giveaway….
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…
I’m glad I chose to take part in this blog tour as the book was right up my street being a mystery novel with a twist. When we meet socially awkward Elaine she’s deciding where to scatter her mother’s ashes and just happens to choose a sleepy but creepy Devon village.
From the first few chapters I’d kind of worked out where things were heading but I liked the web of deceit that the author wove and the pace that which it all unraveled, and I couldn’t have predicted the ending.
I found the novel to be atmospheric, haunting and quite dark although given its subject matter that’s to be expected. But don’t worry, it’s not so dark it’ll give you nightmares 🙂
One of my favourite quotes; although a little morbid:
“What had she ever done to deserve this? Caged inside a useless body in nature’s version of death row”
A couple of things prevented me from giving this book 5*; firstly some of the language and fancy words used. I was glad that I read it the book on my Kindle so I could instantly check what words meant, I find when I do this it distracts me from what I’m reading. Simpler, plainer words could have been used without detracting from the impact of the story. And secondly I didn’t love how Elaine would keep calling Brodie flower; my Gran (who is no longer with us) always used to call me and my brother flower and so I associate that pet name with a much older person, not a name I think a woman in her 30’s may use….but that’s just me!
However, this is a good mystery which I enjoyed and would make a great episode for Midsomer Murders; such a creepy little village with some odd characters! If you enjoyed Laura Elliot’s Stolen Child then try this, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed
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About the author Ann Troup
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 daughter’s 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.