The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls

by Heather Young


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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, told in the voices of two unforgettable women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a picturesque lake house.

In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family—her father commits suicide, and her mother and two older sisters spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child.

Sixty years later, Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before her death, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person who might care: her grandniece, Justine. For Justine, the lake house offers freedom and stability—a way to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota winter is just beginning. The house is cold and dilapidated. The dark, silent lake is isolated and eerie. Her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more about the summer of 1935 than he’s telling.

Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her mother arrives to steal her inheritance, and the man she left 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

ISBN-13: 9780062456601
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Heather Young earned her law degree from the University of Virginia and practiced law in San Francisco before beginning her writing career. She received an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and has studied at the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her husband and two children. The Lost Girls is her first novel.

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The Lost Girls: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to believe that The Lost Girls is a first novel, so deliberate is its pace, its prose, its back and forth travel through time and the two voices of its narrators connected through blood and temperament. It is what I think of as an intellectual thriller, not so much a mystery or suspense novel even though at its heart is the disappearance of a child decades before. It is more an elegant and elegiac rumination and shaping through memory of a family's loss and disintegration all centered on a hidden crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read, heart-wrenching and beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down, enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the style and flow of this book. It grabs you in and you instantly become part of it. Feel every feel. Loved it !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of story that sticks with you. The characters are so real. All the elements of the story are so well developed and come to life in your mind so easily. Very well told story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad, haunting, mysterious, shocking, with just enough uplift to make the ending work with the book. Great book from cover to cover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But full of love through several generations of women both lost and found
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Looking forward to her next one.
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Anonymous 27 days ago
Loved the suspense and history. Very, very good read.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Such a good book , highly recommend
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved the ties between past and present. It was like reading two different stories that intertwined and related to each other. Didn't see the end twist coming at all! Great book!
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16938491 8 months ago
Totally loved this book! Oh the intricasies and secrets that live in families! I had real trouble putting it down and thought about it during the day when I was not reading it. I hope she does another novel as good as this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book. But once I started reading it. WOW. With the twist and turns in the story and the secrets within the family that were revealed. Great read.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
There comes a time when you read the back of a book cover and think you have it all wrapped up and figured out until you begin reading it. Even though the clues allude to you along the way, you simply pass them by in an effort to uncover the story that speaks of loyalty and salvation as its themes to the characters you meet in the novel. The Evan's family like most in the early 30's found solace and an escape to every day life by spending the summers at a remote Minnesota Lake house they owned. There they would reunite with other wealthy families from Williamsburg, the mayor, the lawyer, the doctor, and others in 7 simple houses that they each came back to like a reunion. While the husbands returned back to their 9 to 5 lives during the week, the wives would relax a bit and gather to share the latest news or gossip, until the men returned like clockwork at the close of business to be with their families once again. In the novel The Lost Girls by Heather Young, the story toggles between a hidden secret kept by Lilith and Lucy Evans. Things there mother didn't want to know and they didn't want forgotten. Their story is shared in two vastly different time frames, one from 1935 and the other in 1999. Lucy chronicles what happened the summer they lost Emily, their youngest sister who was never found and forever changed the lives of not only the Evan's girls but those who stayed at the lake year round. For Justine, the grand-daughter of Lucy, she shares her own story of learning that when Lucy died, she left the lakefront home to her along with a substantial amount of money. It too would change her life and that of her daughters Melanie and Angela. This is a memoir of what happened in 1935 and with it the consequences that Justine must face when she learns the truth. Will she keep what she learns a secret or will she expose what should have never let lie in the past? How will she resolve to deal with the things she learns from her families dark past and what she will do with her own that is facing her. It is a lineal curse that is passed down from family member to family member or will she finally say the one thing that should have released all of them from their own deeply seeded pasts? You'll have to read the book to see how it all plays out. I received The Lost Girls by Heather Young compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. This was an ending I didn't see coming or maybe I did and simply choose to ignore it hoping for a better outcome. It does convey the sense of the loyalty between family members to keep a secret or expose it so it won't keep happening again. Then again it begs the question of the reader, how far would you go to protect your family? What would you be willing to risk when you see your family unraveling and you are the only one who can stop it or let it fall apart? There are discussion guide questions at the conclusion of this novel that is perfect for book clubs to enjoy and for this reader it gains a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line, well developed characters. Hope to read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it all night. Highly Recommended
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Amazing!!! One of the best books I have ever read. The story is addictive you can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it and read it in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. A very well thought out story that catches you just when you think this book may be dull.
C.Lewis More than 1 year ago
This book was listed as Must Read for 2016. It was an EXCELLENT book and well told by Heather Young (a graduate of University of Virginia). I could not put this book down. Look forward to reading more of her books. This is truly a must read book....!!