Review: The Missing Years

The Missing Years


An eerie, old Scottish manor in the middle of nowhere that’s now hers.

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 the inheritance from her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home, nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, joined by the half-sister who’s almost a stranger to her.

Ailsa can’t escape the claustrophobic feeling that the house itself is watching her—as if her past hungers to consume her. She also can’t ignore how the neighbourhood animals refuse to set one foot within the gates of the garden.

When the first nighttime intruder shows up, Ailsa fears that the manor’s careless rugged beauty could cost her everything.

Rating: 4-stars


The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott is an intriguing mystery. A young woman comes back home. The only member she has left is a half-sister who is a complete stranger to her. Then, there’s the fact her father has been missing for so long no one knows what happened to him. Next, is the manor she calls home now. It contains a dark and hidden history. Animals won’t go near it. By the atmosphere of this novel, I can tell something is off. Even the main protagonist knows something isn’t right. She is always feeling like she’s being watched. Danger hangs in the air on every page. The writer cleverly hides facts until she slowly reveals them. I liked that. The whole story was dark and suspenseful. The ending I didn’t too much but it did fit in with the plot. It kind of left me wondering. It isn’t done the way that felt complete. It did tie things up…but it sort of felt empty to me. Like it was rushed.

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