She thought she would never go back…
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 her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, accompanied by the half-sister she’s never taken the time to get to know.
With the past threatening to swallow her whole, she can’t escape the claustrophobic feeling that the house itself is watching her. And when Ailsa confronts the first nighttime intruder, she sees that the manor’s careless rugged beauty could cost her everything…
Ooh this was a gripping novel. Creepy house, strange goings on and an absent father make up for an interesting, and at times unnerving read. It’s wonderfully plotted and paced, keeping you riveted until the very end. There is a sense of the paranormal going on and at times I wondered why the hell Ailsa was hanging around there, she’s made of tougher stuff than me that’s for sure. This is one of those reviews where I really don’t want to give much away as it’s a a joy to see the story unfold before you. However I will admit I am a bit of a sucker of story where a house is almost a character in itself and Lexie builds up the atmosphere brilliantly here. I absolutely love a few shocks along the way and The Missing Years certainly saved the best for last. Lexie had written a fabulous novel that I couldn’t put down. It’s still making me smile. A deliciously creepy, thrilling read that will make the perfect pool side companion this summer.
Thanks so much to Anne Carter for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour.
The Missing Years is published on June 6th by Corvus Books.
About the author
Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it more seriously after she lost her banking job in 2009 due to the Global Financial Crisis. After some success in short story competitions, she began planning a novel. With two kids and a (new) job, it took some time for that novel to move from her head to the page, but the result was The French Girl, which was published by Berkley in February 2018.
When she’s not writing, Lexie can be found running, swimming or cycling whilst thinking about writing. In 2007 she swam the English Channel solo. She won’t be doing that again. In 2015 she ran 100km, raising money for Alzheimer Scotland. She won’t be doing that again either. But the odd triathlon or marathon isn’t out of the question.
Find out more about Lexie on her website: www.lexieelliott.com