Welcome to my post on the #HalloweenTakeover for The Lost Ones by Anita Frank! I‘ve had my beady eye on this book for a while and was thrilled to be asked to take part in this special event!
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.
I love a good ghost story, especially one involving a haunted house, so I was very excited to start this book. Happily, I was not disappointed; The Lost Ones is one of those rare finds; a good old fashioned ghost story filled with glorious gothic gorgeousness.
Frank deftly uses her ability to write beautiful, almost musical prose, to invoke chills and raise the hairs on your neck. I was utterly consumed by the beautiful language used in this book; it made for a very atmospheric and creepy read. I read whilst surrounded by suspicion from very early on!
I was gripped by the story; shrouded in mystery and never far from the supernatural, this was a wonderfully suffocating read, which I found to be both intriguing and compelling.
What came as a surprise to me was that not only is this a spooky ghost story, perfect for Halloween, it is also a story steeped in sadness. This is a surprisingly emotional read and I was touched by the tragedy entwined therein.
Dark and shadowy, haunting and harrowing, this is a truly accomplished debut and I look forward to reading whatever Frank offers us next!
The Lost Ones is out now in hardcover and you can buy it here
My thanks go to Joe Thomas and HQ Stories for my invitation to the #HalloweenTakeover and also for my gorgeous finished copy of the book. If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others, and also the other stops on the #halloweentakeover (see below).
Until next time!