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The Lost Child chapter 1 The Lost Child , meaning The Lost Child , genre The Lost Child , book cover The Lost Child , flies The Lost Child , The Lost Child ae6a7849ebb98 Mandy Miller Disappeared From Hallow S End When She Was Just Years Old She Was Never Found The Lost Child Is Complex, Mysterious And Highly Compelling Reading Reviewed The BookThirty Years On, Elaine Ellis Is Carrying Her Mother S Ashes Back To Hallow S End To Scatter Them In The Place That She Once Called Home Elaine Has Never Been There, But It S The Only Place Jean Talked About While She Was Growing Up So It Seems As Good A Place As AnyAs Elaine Settles Into Her Holiday Cottage In The Peaceful Devonshire Village, She Gets To Know The Locals Family She Never Knew She Had, Eccentric And Old Fashioned Gentry, And New Friends Where She Would Least Expect Them But She Is Intrigued By The Tale Of The Missing Girl That The Village Still Carries At Its Heart, And Which Somehow Continues To Overshadow Them All Little Does She Know How Much Involved In The Mystery She Will Become For Fans Of Lesley Thomson, Diane Chamberlain And Rosamund Lupton What Readers Are Saying About The Lost Child Atmospheric, Haunting And Quite Dark Book Boodle An Unusual, Beautifully Written Mystery The Disorganised Author A Fabulous Book That Gripped Me And Left Me Wanting Compelling Reads You Won T Spot The Twists And Turns Coming And They Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat You Just Won T Want To Put This Book Down Until You Find Out What Happens At The End Becky Lock

10 thoughts on “The Lost Child

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    30 years ago little Mandy Miller, three years old, disappeared without a trace from the village Hallow s End Her family and the village never really got over the disappearing Elaine Ellis arrives at the village to scatter her mother ashes Elaine s mother grew up in Hallow s End, but Elaine has never been there and little does she know how her arrival will affect the town.I can honestly say that I had the story figured out around 27% and my theories came through But, I still enjoyed the story despite how predictable it was because I came to care for the characters, Elaine, Dan and young Brodie Even though the whole missing child story was predictable was it still very good written and there happened things that I did not foresee In many ways is this perfect summer reading It s enjoyable, well written and not overly grim or not too romantic This is the kind of book I would read when I need something lighter, a mystery story with some romance One thing I really liked was that I never got irritated with the characters, they never really did anything stupid, they acted as human beings in difficult situations, and even the bad ones wasn t that irritating because there are people who are just bad People that are only thinking about themselves and don t care about others.I liked this book and I will keep an eye out for books by Ann Troup I received a copy through the author for a review that I wrote for the Neverland Blog Tour All thoughts are my own

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    This was a really cleverly written book How things that were never settled can resurface and come back to haunt you.A child goes missing, no one knows where, body never found, just a jumper A jumper stained with blood The place it was found belonged to a man with some sort of learning disability, did he do it Its a small village and tittle tattle is riff Even if its 30 yrs past.There are some red herrings along the way which I did miss Highly recommended.Thank you to Carina UK via Net Galley for my copy to read and review

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    Elaine has come to Hallow s End, with the intention of spreading her mother s ashes in a garden of the community she grew up in She soon finds herself embroiled with a seventeen year old and a old mystery What did happen to Mandy when she disappeared at the age of three, and who is responsible for her disappearance The answers will change Elaine s life in many ways.A good mystery, with interesting characters I loved the character of Brody, she was the most fully developed and I liked her sarcastic personality At times the dialogues seemed a bit stilted, but good enough to keep reading and find out exactly who did what ARC from NetGalley.

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    Fourth book of my holiday reads Really enjoyed this book, full of mystery and suspense.I have to admit I did work something out about the main character Elaine quite early on but there were still plenty of twists and turns that weren t expected Brodie I loved A typical hormonal teenager but for me she is the stand out character in this book and shows an incredible strength for one so young She certainly makes her mark in everyone s lives that she comes across Great read and highly recommend.

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    Primarily a novel of suspense and mystery There is a gentler romantic element and a touch of paranormal This is a story of dysfunctional families and how the actions from the past have impacted on the present day I liked the characters, even the secondary ones in this story Like another reviewer I did have an inkling early on in the novel how the story would turn out but it didn t lessen the level of enjoyment My only gripe was the paranormal element, I couldn t really see the point of it with this novel, perhaps because it wasn t developed further But that was a minor issue to the overall entertainment factor.There is a solid storyline, with developed characters and nicely atmospheric.

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    review copy Posted in full The Lost Child is an exciting and fascinating novel which is difficult to be defined by genre, but it does present the reader with a mystery that will have you rapidly turning the pages to discover I m becoming and of a cover fiend as late and The Lost Child s cover is stunning but I also learnt that from the first time I read that blurb, it hadn t let me go and I just had to read this book at some point in the near future I m glad to say that this book lived up to my every expectation Elaine s mother, Jean, has passed away and though they didn t have the best of relationships, Elaine is trying her best to fulfil her wishes by going to the one place Jean never stopped talking about, Hallow s End, and scattering her ashes Whilst there, Elaine is sucked in by the village and its residents, but soon discovers that there is something lingering over them all the disappearance of a little girl Mandy many years ago which has never been fully resolved As things become to look a little bit clearer, Elaine discovers that Hallow s End is a place which doesn t let you go in a hurry The main twist in this novel is revealed quite early on and so I was intrigued by where this story was going to be taken next Of course, Ann knew what she was doing and we re then brought layer upon layer of new secrets and twists which had me hooked and wondering how things were going to work out for the characters I d become so attached to I will say that although I enjoyed the entire book, I much preferred the first half leading up to the big mystery I felt the first half was quite a bit atmospheric and as the scene is set and we explore Hallow s End, there s a real dark and moody vibe to the area that felt so fresh in my mind and so real The level of detail and description Ann put in to the setting was just right to me there s a bit of a spooky edge to her way of wording and this drew me in to the mystery to the point I knew this book wasn t getting put down until I reached the end Again, that s not to say that I didn t like the second half of the book it was just different The last 50% seems to run at a much quicker pace than previously the scene has been set and now the drama is about to reach the surface This is where we get of an introduction to the eccentric characters Elaine has met, though not all are quite that pleased to see her Though she does make friends, to me it didn t feel like the most welcoming of places and not everyone took to Elaine because they were holding back on giving someone a chance Here we learn that everybody has a secret to hide and some will go to any lengths to protect their secret from being uncovered I was so intrigued by this point We seemed to be learning something new on every page and the twists kept on coming I gave up on trying to work out what was coming next because Ann blind sided me every time My favourite part to this novel was exploring the developing friendship between Elaine and Brodie the fifteen year old girl who feels she has been held back ever since the disappearance of her sister Mandy before she was even born Brodie appeared to feel unappreciated, especially by her mother, but she quickly finds herself a friend in Elaine and they seemed to bond so easily and naturally They were both on opposite sides of the spectrum, personality wise Elaine is very shy and reserved and quite envious of Brodie who possesses the ability to stand up for herself with ease, appearing to be a bit braver in the face of adversity and also quite capable of putting her foul mouth to use when needed I loved Brodie s character, I thought she was a breath of fresh air in a story full of character not willing to be honest and say what they re thinking without turning nasty Hallow s End, to me, felt like quite a bitter place with people I wouldn t think were that easy to get along with, but I connected with Brodie right from the beginning The Lost Child was a truly gripping novel and I m still thinking about it now, weeks after finishing it Every secret reveal dragged me further into the story and though parts of it I could predict, others left me surprised and I loved the element of never really knowing what was about to happen next As well as the mystery in this novel, Ann touches on family relationships and how the hold they take on you could impact you for the rest of your life Here, Elaine doesn t really even know how or have the confidence to be herself because her mum has died and left her feeling like there s no place to go Similarly with Brodie, her mum doesn t seem to care at all yet she can t seem to shift the hold she has on her making friends and building her own life feels out of the question All in all, this was a very strong debut novel by Ann Troup and I ll definitely be seeking out from this author in the future The Lost Child is complex, mysterious and highly compelling reading.

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    I started lost child early Sunday morning at 5.30 and by 9am I was very happy for two reasons firstly I could not get into any book since reading two brilliant books back to back so was in a bit of a reading slump that lasted a few days and the Lost child brought me out of this slump and made me see the sunlight again with other books.The second reason was that I was happy I was on this books blog tour as everyone who loves a mystery needs to read this book and shout about it afterwards.The best thing about being a blogger is discovering new authors and I am very happy I discovered Ann Troupe.Into the book our main heroine Elaine decides to return her mums ashes to the village she grew up in that is when the mystery of the missing child starts to unravel and reveal many village and families secrets, many of which are cleverly written in leaving you guessing as to what will happen next or what will be revealed As and is revealed it is really interesting to see how it affects all the families involved so then it becomes a real page turner as I just needed to know what happened next.I liked the refreshing spin that Ann put on the story as the book goes beyond the original concept of the child going missing,presumed dead then turns up as the revealing of the lost child is only the beginning of the story.Ann s writing style is clear flowing and it just seemed to draw me in I loved the description of Hallows end it just seemed a place where alot of secrets would of been hidden and the oddballs in the village would protect these secrets.I liked the ending everything was neatly tied together so there was no questions left unanswered for the reader.I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery Ann has a very brilliant debut on her hands.

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    The Lost Child by Ann Troup is a book that I liked but didn t love and I really can t my finger on why It starts off so good, building mood and tension and then came the big revealless that half way through and from there, the book just lost steam for me.Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow s End when she was only 3 years old and all that was left behind was a bloody sweater Thirty years have passed and Elaine Ellis is coming to Hallow s End to scatter the ashes of her mother who left Hallow s End and never returned Elaine decides to take her time of it, a mini vacation while the home she grew up in with her mother is being rebuilt Elaine has never been to Hallow s End but she is eager to explore the small village her mother once called home Elaine begins to learn of the villagers, some friendly, some eccentric and begins to make new friends She learns of the disappearance of Mandy Miller all those years ago and begins to look into the past of the small village What Elaine stumbles into will change the small town of Hallow s End and her own life forever as the secrets of the Lost Child comes back to haunt the people of Hallow s End.I think for me the big reveal of the missing girl happening half way through the book sort of peaked and then there was a substantial drop off before it began to pick up steam again I didn t feel that it got back to that level again for the rest of the book I also spotted the bad guy really early on and it was no surprise that it was him.The plot is good and the story is as well, I just wish that it was structured differently Well written and creative.

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    A three year old child, Mandy Miller, disappears from Hallow s End never to to be found Years later Elaine Ellis returns bringing her mother s ashes to scatter in Hallow s End She finds herself involved in the mysteries and secrets that this town holds I was concerned when one of the biggest secrets is revealed very early, but was pleasantly surprised that there were plenty secrets and surprises to come This book definitely has than it s share of family secrets I loved the characters, Dan and Brodie Every once in awhile I had to stop and keep things straight in my head There are lots of intertwined relationships between characters This was a very enjoyable read and moves quickly.

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    I m having mix feeling about this book I wanted to like the characters and yet, I found them to be overbearing The only characters I truly adore were Miriam, Rosemary, Derry and Jack.The writing was confusing at times Was it me Was my English really that bad And I hated the bits about the child s game Naming it that wouldn t make it innocent.Overall, I like it Mainly for the twist.

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