The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A stunning debut novel that examines the price of loyalty, the burden of regret, the meaning of salvation, and the sacrifices we make for those we love, told in the voices of two unforgettable women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a picturesque lake house.

In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family's vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family--her father commits suicide, and her mother and two older sisters spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child.

Sixty years later, Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before her death, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person who might care: her grandniece, Justine. For Justine, the lake house offers freedom and stability--a way to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota winter is just beginning. The house is cold and dilapidated. The dark, silent lake is isolated and eerie. Her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more about the summer of 1935 than he's telling.

Soon Justine's troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily's disappearance, her mother arrives to steal her inheritance, and the man she left launches a dangerous plan to get her back. In a house haunted by the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062456601
Branch Call Number: YOUNG
Characteristics: 341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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KorrAnn
May 19, 2017

The book keeps you reading and the ending is surprising, but you will enjoy the book overall, and maybe want to read it for the second time!

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lucy3525
Apr 04, 2017

The book is quite slow and without any major action. Only the last 80 pages captured my interest. Not a fast paced mystery thriller read.

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coroboreefarm
Mar 06, 2017

In this compelling debut novel by Heather Young, family secrets are connected across the decades, and spun out through two timelines by a death bed journal. A still, cold lake in Minnesota, a missing child and a family haunted by that loss all contribute to the atmosphere and drama in this psychological mystery. The story is revealed through alternating voices that skillfully and slowly draw the reader deeper into the plot with out revealing too much. If you are a Kate Morton fan, this novel may appeal to you.

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madoc22
Feb 14, 2017

Warning: contains spoilers.
I loved the first three quarters of this book. The writing is superb. I even wrote down some quotes in my book of notes, they were that good. I kept wishing the author had a long list of books and that this book wasn't her first. However, in the last quarter of the book, it all falls apart. What promised to be a gentle family saga turns out to be revolting. It becomes about incest, with unnecessary and disturbing descriptions and about two little girls committing acts that were not appropriate for their ages. What they do to Emily is very disturbing and completely unbelievable since they were children themselves. The unraveling of the mystery was totally depressing and was a compete let-down for me. It left me with a bad taste in my mouth and I don't know if I ever want to read another book by Heather Young.

DBRL_ANNEG Dec 22, 2016

Sad story of the long term effects of a missing child on a family. Kind of in the vein of the storytelling that Kate Morton does, with a back and forth between the past and the present. The present day characters aren't terribly likable, which isn't always necessary for good storytelling, but which kind of detracted from this one for me (although it certainly does fit in with the long-term effects of the tragedy of the storyline when I stop and think about it.) This author shows some promise with her storytelling, so I will look for more work from her in the future.

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Hyacinth22
Nov 15, 2016

The book takes turns between two voices: today and in the past. I really wanted to know the fate of the youngest sister so naturally I kept reading. I liked this book. I didn't love the ending.

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suehamaker
Sep 04, 2016

I enjoyed this book. I liked sharing the older woman's story of the past and I especially enjoyed the young woman searching to make a life
independently. Wanting to know how it ended but waiting and letting it play out to the end was rewarding to an unusual conclusion. Looking forward to her next novel.

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