Monday, 6 April 2020

Book Review ~ The Lost Child by Emily Gunnis


The Lost Child
Headline Review
2 April 2020

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book


1960. Thirteen-year-old Rebecca lives in fear of her father’s temper. As a storm batters Seaview Cottage one night, she hears a visitor at the door and a violent argument ensues. By the time the police arrive, Rebecca’s parents are dead and the visitor has fled. No one believes Rebecca heard a stranger downstairs...

2014. Iris, a journalist, is sent to cover the story of a new mother on the run with her desperately ill baby. But fatefully the trail leads to the childhood home of Iris’s own mother, Rebecca…Seaview Cottage.

As Iris races to unravel what happened the night Rebecca’s parents were killed, it’s time for Seaview Cottage to give up its secrets.


What did I think about it..

Multi-layered and evocative The Lost Child takes us forwards and backwards in time as we learn more about the enigmatic women who feature so strongly in this compelling story of secrets, lies and motherhood.

Beautifully written with an underlying air of menace The Lost Child uncovers a series of dramatic events which begin with a traumatised thirteen year old as she witnesses the horrendous death of her parents. What then follows is the story of a family which has been fractured beyond repair, and how the sins of the past have a nasty habit of reaching out into the future with desperate consequences.

The Lost Child is everything I wanted and more from a suspenseful psychological family drama. Moving effortlessly forwards and backwards in time we learn just how damaged this family has been and even as we watch in disbelief as they each start to crumble we can't help but be drawn into their individual stories. I enjoyed how the author cleverly pulled together all the complicated strands of the story so that by the ending I had a feeling of satisfaction from reading a story which had held my attention from start to finish.

The Lost Child
is a cleverly written multi-generational psychological drama which I'm sure will appeal to fans of this genre. It is published by Headline Review and is out now.



About the Author


Emily Gunnis


Emily Gunnis previously worked in TV drama and lives in Brighton with her young family, She is one of the four daughters of Sunday Times best selling author Penny Vincenzi. This is her second novel.


Twitter @EmilyGunnis #TheLostChild

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