Despite my best intention to avoid books with ‘Girl’ in title, the haunted house in this book drew me. Lost Girl is not a psychological thriller and reads more a little like Kate Morton’s stories with alternating timelines. The difference, however, is that this book has only one single perspective and the alternating timelines are mere breaths away. This could have proven confusing but clear breaks and headers between the two made the stories easier to read. ‘Tis not an easy story, however, as it is full of heartache. It’s not a sob-story (despite the teary ending) but a love story; love that cannot succeed if both sides do not work together in an equal partnership.
“You always think love should feel like butterfly wings or sunshine inside you, something sappy. In fact, it feels like a Rottweiler has a grip on your throat.”
Admittedly the secrets aren’t as explosive in revelation as it would’ve been in Kate Morton’s and I really had some difficulty with hauntings in Australia (our sunny disposition makes it a little harder to imagine the dark & gloomy) but I grew to love Em, her secret pain, and Marc, Mr Perfect! Lost Girl is fearful in tone, filled with atmospheric details, and in the end, an absolute delight to read. I’ve definitely lost myself for a while there and in good company.
Many thanks to Harlequin (Australia) for copy of eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.