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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.


A phone call out of the blue changes the destinies of Justine and her two daughters. Justine is told she has inherited a house out in Minnesota from her aunt Lucy. Taking it as a sign to begin again she takes her daughters and leaves behind her manipulative boyfriend without a backward glance. Arriving at the house she finds her only neighbour is a dour old man and his reclusive brother who seems to know a lot about her family history. Settling into a quiet life is a struggle for Justine and her girls but the house is about to release its secrets by way of stories written by Lucy. Fairy stories about a young girl Emily and her woodland adventures. Yet there is another journal to be uncovered that tells the real story of what happened all those years ago to Lucy’s younger sister Emily who vanished into he nought when she was only six. Justine’s mother Maurie turns up to see what of the inheritance she can take from Justine. If that was a bad omen then the man Justine was escaping Patrick turns up all contrite and loving. Everything comes to a head one winters night and all those lives that are entwined will never be the same again.

A brilliantly executed thriller told from two points of view. Lucy retelling her story and that of her girlhood that saw her little sister disappear and that of Justine a woman struggling to survive with two young girls and a man who wants to control her. The story goes between both women seamlessly and unravels their secrets with a pace that starts off gentle and slow yet builds up to a breathlessly white knuckled ride. As the layers of history are peeled way the secrets that are revealed build the plot into one that will pull you in, tug at your heart and send shivers down the spine. I was amazed the more i read that this was a debut novel because it was crafted and presented so well i felt the author was so some who had been published on numerous occasions. The depth, breadth and feeling behind the words made the book not only fly by but left me with a book hangover as i closed the last page. That rarely happens as i can usually dive straight back into another book yet this left me wondering about the book for hours before i felt able to start something else. Amazing, brilliant this book will be in my top ten this year and one i feel has best seller written all the way through it. Don’t believe me well buy it and see what you make of it , you wont be disappointed.

My thanks to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for my opt of teh book and the tour invite. As always they are my thoughts and opinions on the book.



HEATHER YOUNG is the author of two novels. Her debut, The Lost Girls, won the Strand Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award. The Distant Dead has also been nominated for the 2021 Edgar Award for Best Novel. A former antitrust and intellectual property litigator, she traded the legal world for the literary one and earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2011. She lives in Mill Valley, California, where she writes, bikes, hikes, and reads books by other people that she wishes she’d written.
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