‘The Lost Child’ spoiler-free review!

Hello everyone! I hope that you’re keeping safe and well, and that you’re still able to enjoy reading 🙂 I finally seem to be getting my reading mojo back after a rough few weeks and hope to get back to blogging properly soon as well. Thank you to everyone who has been taking the time to leave me comments; they warm my heart and I promise to respond to them as soon as possible.

Today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Lost Child by Emily Gunnis. And hooray, I don’t need to apologise to anyone today because I managed to finish the book on time! I’m not sure how coherent this review will be as my head is still a little bit fried but I’m hoping it makes enough sense hehe. Read on to find out why you should pick this one up during lockdown… 😉

the lost child


synopsis

1960. Thirteen-year-old Rebecca lives in fear of her father’s temper. As a storm batters Seaview Cottage one night, she hears a visitor at the door and a violent argument ensues. By the time the police arrive, Rebecca’s parents are dead and the visitor has fled. No one believes Rebecca heard a stranger downstairs…

2014. Iris, a journalist, is sent to cover the story of a new mother on the run with her desperately ill baby. But fatefully the trail leads to the childhood home of Iris’s own mother, Rebecca…Seaview Cottage.

As Iris races to unravel what happened the night Rebecca’s parents were killed, it’s time for Seaview Cottage to give up its secrets.


my thoughts

This was an incredibly easy book to get invested in. The scenes set in the present are extremely gripping and then you have the backstory adding so much more. The way everything gradually begins to come together as the book progresses was nothing short of awesome.

The author was able to keep me guessing for a good while with chapters written from an unknown perspective; just when I thought I had figured out who was speaking, Gunnis would throw me off the scent again. I love when a book can do that.

The gradual reveal was really well executed and had me hurtling towards the end of the book, desperate for answers. This is the perfect book to lose yourself in at the moment.

There are a lot of perspectives to get your head around at first and it took me a while to get everyone straight in my mind but after a while, this was no longer an issue and I knew who everybody was and how they all linked up. I love books where history seems to repeat itself so if that’s something you like too, I would recommend this one!

I will say that there were quite a few mistakes in the ARC that occasionally pulled me out of the story a little but hopefully these were caught before the final printing!

This book takes an important look at a mental health issue which is not often discussed and I found it fascinating to read about. The story hurtles along at break-neck speed towards its conclusion and never once relaxes the pace, so the reader is gripped from start to finish. And I think that’s something we all need from our books in the current time.

the lost child


To see what other readers think of this one, check out the other stops on the blog tour!

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What books have you been picking up during these testing times? Let me know in the comments! x

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