Single, childless and reduced to writing celebrity profiles, investigative journalist Suzannah Quinn’s life is not going to plan…
Then, during an interview with top publisher Roland Winterbourne, she meets Jamie Davis.
It’s love at first sight and within hours she has agreed to marry him.
But Jamie insists on inviting no friends or family to the wedding and Suzannah’s millionaire father quickly suspects him of being a fortune hunter.
At first, the couple is blissfully happy.
Suzannah’s only worry is Jamie’s mysterious past, which he refuses to talk about.
However, when Suzannah suddenly inherits a flat off Portobello Road, everything changes.
Whilst she is eager to reconnect with her happy childhood roaming the market before her father made his money, Jamie loathes Notting Hill.
The move quickly triggers a change in their relationships and it’s not long before the arguments start.
Then one morning, after a particularly bad row, Jamie goes to work and doesn’t return.
Suzannah thinks he’s sulking, but when he still hasn’t returned after several days, she fears something’s happened to him.
His colleagues are unconcerned because his job as a sales rep often takes him off the radar, but Suzannah becomes increasingly frantic.
When she finds a scrap of paper in his jacket pocket with a name and address in North Devon, she is eager to investigate.
What she discovers when she goes there brings her world crashing down.
After a visit from a mysterious woman, who brings even more life-changing revelations, she realises that in order to move on she must find her missing husband and discover the truth about him once and for all.
If Jamie is not what he claims to be then neither is her beloved Notting Hill, beneath whose perfection beats a dark and rotting heart that is finally exposed over a horrific Carnival weekend.
Rating: 5 stars
The Lost Ones by Vena Cork is a dark psychological thriller. The story left me guessing as well as hanging onto the edge of my seat. I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the main male character was just a con man…until he disappeared. Then, my curiosity got to me. I turned the pages in haste to figure it all out…then, Vena Cork pulled a surprise on me. Never would have guessed…maybe true love does exist. A love that drags people together and left them so emotionally wrapped up that when their loved one disappeared, it’s heartbreaking…thoughts like he lied and conned me felt like real answers to what happened. But when I saw one thing, it turned into a whole different and deadly situation. A former investigative journalist falls helplessly for a man. Not just any man but one with a dark hidden past and one whose looks can melt any woman, on the spot. Soon, their love develops to a boiling point and then cuts off…but real love doesn’t just end…it lasts even when they think it has ended…The Lost Ones by Vena Cork is highly engaging and sucked me straight into the book. The plot was fast-paced. Vena Cork’s writing is phenomenal. I was taken on a power yet emotional journey unlike any other. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.