The Lost Girls by Heather Young
Harper Collins: 7/26/16
eBook review copy; 352 pages
The Lost Girls by Heather Young is a family saga set over two time periods. This is a highly recommended debut novel.
Lucy was the only surviving sister of the three Evans' girls. She is
planning to leave her great niece, Justine, the family summer home
located on a lake near Williamsburg, Minnesota, as well as a portfolio
of $150,000. If Justine decides to come to the home, Lucy is leaving her
a written account of the true story of what happened in 1935. It was a
year of great change for her family and started when her youngest
sister, Emily, disappeared.
In the summer of 1935 the Evans family moved to their summer home
located on a nearby lake. Sisters Lilith, 13, Lucy, 11, and Emily, 6,
endure their pious and strange father during the weekends, but are
allowed more freedom to roam during the week. Their mother does keep an
unnatural amount of attention on her youngest daughter, Emily. It is the
summer that Lilith was a teenager and becoming rebellious and distant
Justine is the daughter of Maurie, the only child of Lilith. Maurie grew
up in the lake house and left as soon as she could. Justine had an
unstable childhood moving constantly. Now she has some stability, but
her boyfriend seems to be too needy - she's just not certain he is what
she needs. When Justine learns that her great aunt Lucy has died and
left her the house and her investments, she takes her two daughters and
leaves him behind in San Diego in a desperate attempt to make a better
life for her and her daughters.
Both timelines are fraught with tension, mystery, and family drama. The
tragic conclusions are foreshadowed in both time periods, bringing a
sense of closure at the end. While the pace of the plot is measured in
both timelines, the unsettled feeling gradually increases at the same
careful rate. There is a plethora of details in the settings, times, and
emotions throughout the novel. The writing is intricate and the
characters are well developed and distinctive. All the girls are lost in
some way in this moody drama. You will want to find out with equal
anticipation what happens in both time periods, which is a remarkable
feat in and of itself. The Lost Girls is a great choice for a summer read.
My advanced reading copy was courtesy
of the publisher for review
I absolutely loved this book. This isn't even my normal genre, but I loved it. My book club picked it, and I think there won't be any problem with discussion topics.
Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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