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The Lost Girls by Heather Young
About The Book
In the summer of 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys her mother, who spends the rest of her life at the lake house, hoping in vain that her favorite daughter will walk out of the woods. Emily’s two older sisters stay, too, each keeping her own private, decades-long vigil for the lost child.
Sixty years later Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before she dies, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person to whom it might matter: her grandniece, Justine.
For Justine, the lake house offers a chance to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the stable home she never had. But it’s not the sanctuary she hoped for. The long Minnesota winter has begun. The house is cold and dilapidated, the frozen lake is silent and forbidding, and her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more than he’s telling about the summer of 1935.
Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her mother arrives with designs on her inheritance, and the man she left behind launches a dangerous plan to get her back. In a house steeped in the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.
This is a book of tragedy and how generation after generation everything seems related to the past, the moment in which a young girl vanished in the summer of 1935 during a vacation at their lake house family.
This is a story told between two times, 1935, when the young 6-year old Emily disappears, the little one of the family. And then we have Justine, she will inherit the lake house, from her great aunt Lucy, one of Emily’s sister. Now, after so many years, Justine will have to re-open this old family wound and let the truth be revealed, because her life, even without knowing it, is connected to the past events and maybe will change her future.
Even if the plot seems quite difficult, it’s easy to follow and understand the family connection, and sadly seems that fate is ready to repeat again… I don’t want to make spoilers but the past and the present don’t seem to be so different for these women, they all seem to follow the same path, let’s hope that Justine will see how to face her reality with fresh eyes after discovering the truth.
Even if this book is slow paced I really enjoyed the read, it was easy to enter to this family live. It was really interesting to see how the author created some parallel situation between the past and the present; how sometimes we follow the same path of our ancestors, the same errors without noticing or wanting.
Are you ready for “The Lost Girls”?
About The Author
Heather is the author of two novels. Her debut, The Lost Girls, won the Strand Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award. The Distant Dead was published on June 9, 2020, and was named one of the Best Books of Summer by People Magazine, Parade, and CrimeReads. A former antitrust and intellectual property litigator, she traded the legal world for the literary one and earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2011. She lives in Mill Valley, California, where she writes, bikes, hikes, and reads books by other people that she wishes she’d written.