Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott




Release Date:
April 23, 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads:

An eerie, old Scottish manor in the middle of nowhere that’s now hers.

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 the inheritance from her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home, nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, joined by the half-sister who’s almost a stranger to her.

Ailsa can’t escape the claustrophobic feeling that the house itself is watching her—as if her past hungers to consume her. She also can’t ignore how the neighbourhood animals refuse to set one foot within the gates of the garden.

When the first nighttime intruder shows up, Ailsa fears that the manor’s careless rugged beauty could cost her everything.

My Review

Alisa Calder inherits her childhood home after her mother dies. She, also, learns that it’s only half the house she inherits, the other half belongs to a father who abandoned her years ago. A man she hasn’t seen since.

She goes to the house with her half-sister, who is practically a stranger to her. Strange things start happening, leaving Alisa wondering what exactly is going on.

I do enjoy suspense novels centered around old gothic-type houses. This book is that and so much more. The author creates a twisty, dark atmosphere complete with a town of characters who clearly have their secrets and give off a dangerous feeling.  The house itself is a secretive, scary character. 

 The book keeps you guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat.  It's the type of book that will keep you up late at night until it's finished.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. The location sounds absolutely perfect for racking up the suspense elements. I love Scotland, but I'm not sure I'd want to inherit such an isolated home!

  2. This sounds really good. I love books about family relationships and secrets.

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I did as well! It was definitely a twisty thriller.

  4. The setting sounds especially wonderful. Terrific review!

  5. That sounds like it would make a good movie.


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