Some houses are never at peace.
Reeling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her imposing country mansion, Greyswick – but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion.
Before long, strange incidents begin to trouble Stella – sobbing in the night, little footsteps on the stairs – and as events escalate, she finds herself drawn to the tragic history of the house.
Aided by a wounded war veteran, Stella sets about uncovering Greyswick’s dark and terrible secrets – secrets the dead whisper from the other side…
In the classic tradition of The Woman in Black, Anita Frank weaves a spell-binding debut of family tragedy, loss and redemption.
Praise for The Lost Ones
‘For fans of Henry James and Susan Hill, this chilling supernatural mystery is written in the classic mould. Intriguing, moving and assured’ Essie Fox
‘I loved it SO MUCH – so creepy and compelling, full of atmosphere and gave me goosebumps…’ Lisa Hall
‘My coffee is stone cold. My palms are sweaty. I’ve raced to the shocking final twist of this lush, beautifully written historical novel. A gripping ghost story with an achingly poignant family mystery at its heart’ Samantha King
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Stella Marcham is in danger of being carted off to the Assylum after returning from the war that is raging in Europe. It is 1917 and Miss Marcham had been serving her country as a nurse there until a terrible personal tragedy struck her. Suffering from severe depression and refusing medication her family and doctor can see no other solution if she doesn’t improve.
When her brother-in-law arrives to ask if she will go to stay with his wife, Stella’s younger pregnant sister as she is suffering hysteria, she jumps at the chance to escape her uncertain future at home. Stella takes with her a young maid, Annie, a strange girl that doesn’t seem to fit in but as staff is in short supply because of the war neither of them has many options.
I adored this book and was absolutely taken aback when I found out it was the author’s debut novel!!!! The period is captured perfectly in these pages, with families back home not having a clue about the horrific war conditions that their loved ones were fighting in and the lack of understanding of how it affected them.
Greyswick is quite a mansion whose mistress, Madeleine’s mother-in-law Lady Brightwell, rules with a strict upstairs-downstairs iron hand. The story builds beautifully and increases with mystery and intrigue. Stella is a superb character born way before her time, strong-willed and independent. I loved how she stood her ground on so many issues. There aren’t many characters in the story but each of them is so very memorable, as it increases the intensity of the story.
I must admit that I did work out what had happened to an extent but it certainly didn’t spoil the journey I had through this story. The last few chapters were truly gripping, shocking and impossible to prevent reading at any cost. A very touching story with unlikely relationships that I just loved. A beautifully written haunting story.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anita Frank was born in Shropshire and studied English and
American History at the University of East Anglia. She lives in
Berkshire with her husband and three children and is now a
full-time carer for her disabled son. This is her first novel.