She thought she would never go back …
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 her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, accompanied by the half-sister she’s never taken the time to get to know.
With the past threatening to swallow her whole, she can’t escape the claustrophobic feeling that the manor’s careless rugged beauty could cost her everything …
Firstly, pink lettering on the front cover of a thriller wasn’t what I was expecting at all and it really draws the eye in. Fabulous choice!
We know from the get-go that Ailsa’s mum has died and she has no idea where her father is. After all, he has been missing for two and a half decades. We also know Ailsa has inherited half of the Manse, an old Scottish manor, from her mother’s estate.
Half an estate, missing owner of the other half … you can sense problems and mystery straightaway.
From very early on, there are so many questions. Where is Ailsa’s missing father? Why has he been missing for so long? Is he dead or alive? Is the house trying to give Ailsa messages? Yes, I did just say that – there is a supernatural element to this book, which just added another layer to the whole story but wasn’t for me unfortunately, and despite the obvious mysterious storyline, this book just didn’t grab me. I felt that, for me, it promised just a little more than it delivered.
There are some fantastic characters and relationships in the book, some of which I would have loved to see explored just a little more.
I had high expectations for The Missing Years but it just took too long to get going and I didn’t find myself engaging with it as I’d hoped.
I gratefully received a digital copy of this book from the publisher – Corvus Books, via Anne Cater, in return for an honest review, which is what I’ve given.
I would urge you to remember that a lot of work goes into being an author and each reader has very individual needs and expectations from books. This blog tour is ongoing until June 15th with many other fabulous book bloggers taking part and therefore I’d encourage you to take it all in and make your own decision on The Missing Years.
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