Hey everyone! I’m delighted to be helping kick off the blog tour for Lexie Elliott’s The Missing Years! Huge thanks to Anne Cater for sending me a free copy of one of my most anticipated releases of the month!
Ailsa Calder has inherited half of a house. The other half belongs to a man who disappeared without a trace twenty-seven years ago—her father.
Leaving London behind to settle the inheritance from her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home, nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, joined by the half-sister who’s almost a stranger to her.
Ailsa can’t escape the claustrophobic feeling that the house itself is watching her—as if her past hungers to consume her. She also can’t ignore how the neighbourhood animals refuse to set one foot within the gates of the garden.
When the first nighttime intruder shows up, Ailsa fears that the manor’s careless rugged beauty could cost her everything.
This was so good!! I love stories where the setting is almost a character in itself so as soon as I heard about the creepy house in this book, I knew I wanted to read it. And it didn’t disappoint! The Gothic atmosphere was perfect; I was hooked immediately and could barely put the book down. I would have devoured it in one sitting if time had allowed.
The author created a creeping sense of unease from start to finish that had me questioning everything. Seriously, everything that happens in this book is deliciously ambiguous. The author did a brilliant job of making sure I didn’t trust ANYONE and I loved trying to figure out if there was something supernatural going on or if there were simpler explanations for things. Mentions of the Jacobite rebellion had me so intrigued, as did so many other thematic elements. Honestly, my mind was working overtime!
While there were moments that felt a little repetitive, these didn’t bother me too much because I felt they added to the sense of uncertainty. Was Ailsa going mad? What was actually going on? I was kept in suspense the whole time and it was glorious.
This is definitely a slow-burning thriller but I wouldn’t let that put you off. There are some fantastically creepy moments interspersed throughout the story but also an insightful look at family and relationships. I particularly liked the inclusion of various possible scenarios regarding the disappearance of Ailsa’s father – I thought this was a unique and interesting touch.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good haunted house story!
Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for more reviews if you like the sound of this one!