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The Lost Girls: A Novel Hardcover – July 26, 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars 473 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


“A novel of quiet intensity that builds to a terrifying climax. THE LOST GIRLS contains echoes of Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories and is just as haunting.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“This book has it all — intrigue, complicated relationships, and a thrilling plotline — and it will appeal to fans of long-spanning ‘90s stories like Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias (yes that came out in ‘89 but you totally had the VHS in the ‘90s).” (Bustle)

“A taut, intricately plotted novel.” (San Jose Mercury News)

“Young does a masterful job contrasting Lucy’s long-ago summer, her last happy one, with Justine’s dawning knowledge of how the effects of a family tragedy echo down through the years.” (Toronto Star)

“Suspenseful and finely wrought, Young’s tale is not easily forgotten.” (Booklist)

“Beautifully written, THE LOST GIRLS will please suspense fans as well as those who love redemptive fiction. This is a big, bold, heart-wrenching book reminiscent of novels by Jodi Picoult, and is an excellent debut.” (Bookreporter.com)

“Heather Young has crafted a gorgeous book that moves artfully back and forth through time, weaving a suspenseful tale steeped in generations of family secrets. Places hold memories, The Lost Girls reminds us so beautifully; places shape us, bind us, haunt us, but sometimes, they can redeem us, too.” (Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Sister)

“Heather Young is a master weaver of plot, time, and character. Her prose is confident, her story ambitious. The result -- THE LOST GIRLS -- is a haunting and dynamic debut that never falters.” (Ivy Pochoda, author of Vistation Street)

“Heather Young’s clear, unsentimental writing is bracingly observant, psychologically astute, and suspenseful. Her characters include people who cannot love, people who destroy what they love-and people who slowly, agonizingly, figure out what love actually is. From its opening...to its troubling, thrilling conclusion, I found this novel irresistible.” (Alice Mattison)

“I was swept into THE LOST GIRLS on the very first page...Heather Young weaves a captivating, multi-layered story that you won’t want to put down.” (Vanessa Diffenbaugh, internationally bestselling author of The Language of Flowers and We Never Asked for Wings)

From the Back Cover

A stunning debut novel that examines the price of loyalty, the burden of regret, the meaning of salvation, and the sacrifices we make for those we love

In the summer of 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys her mother, who spends the rest of her life at the lake house, hoping in vain that her favorite daughter will walk out of the woods. Emily’s two older sisters stay, too, each keeping her own private, decades-long vigil for the lost child.

Sixty years later, Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before she dies, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person to whom it might matter: her grandniece, Justine.

For Justine, the lake house offers a chance to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the stable home she never had. But it’s not the sanctuary she hoped for. The long Minnesota winter has begun. The house is cold and dilapidated, the frozen lake is silent and forbidding, and her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more than he’s telling about the summer of 1935.

Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance,  Justine’s mother arrives with designs on her inheritance, and the man she left behind launches a dangerous plan to get her back. In a house haunted by the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062456601
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062456601
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.13 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : William Morrow (July 26, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473 ratings
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