The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls

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In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family's vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. 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. Sixty years later, Lucy, the middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before her death, she writes the story of that summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to her grandniece, Justine. For Justine, the lake house offers an escape from her manipulative boyfriend and gives her daughters the home she never had. But the lake is isolated and eerie. Her only neighbour 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Verve Books
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857308181
  • 9780857308184
  • 1,632,223

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'The delicacy of [Young's] writing elevates the drama and gives her two central characters depth and backbone... For all the beauty of Young's writing, her novel is a dark one... and the murder mystery that drives it is as shocking as anything you're likely to read for a good long while' - New York Times Book Review; 'Suspenseful and finely wrought, Young's tale is not easily forgotten' - Booklist; 'This book has it all - intrigue, complicated relationships, and a thrilling plotline - and it will appeal to fans of longspanning '90s stories like Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias' - Bustle; 'I was swept into The Lost Girls on the very first page... Heather Young weaves a captivating, multi-layered story that you won't want to put down' - Vanessa Diffenbaugh, internationally bestselling author of The Language of Flowers; 'Riveting... Told with finesse and an unflinching eye, The Lost Girls examines the bond between sisters, what it means to keep a promise, and how one family's secrets can stretch across generations' - Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl; 'A novel of quiet intensity that builds to a terrifying climax. The Lost Girls contains echoes of Kate Atkinson's Case Histories and is just as haunting' - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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About Heather Young

Heather Young 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 named one of the Best Books of Summer 2020 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. Heather lives in Mill Valley, California, where she writes, bikes, hikes, and reads books by other people that she wishes she'd written.
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13,691 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
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4 43% (5,908)
3 24% (3,310)
2 5% (711)
1 1% (179)
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