Review: The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence

Title: The Lost Girls

Author: Jennifer Spence

Published: Simon & Schuster January 2019

Status: Read April 2019, courtesy Simon & Schuster Au

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My Thoughts:

 

I had made some assumptions about this novel, based mostly on the cover and title. I was expecting a fairly standard novel of mystery involving a missing girl or two, but what I discovered was a compelling and unique story using one of my least favourite tropes – time travel.

It is 2017 and sixty three year old Stella Lannigan is making her way home from a night out when she realises that her surroundings seem somehow changed. Baffled, she wonders if she absentmindedly took a wrong turn, but the landmarks are familiar, just not quite… right. Stella slowly realises that she has inexplicably stepped into the past, it is 1997, and as she stands outside her former home, she watches her forty three year old self step out of the front door.

What would you do if you had the chance to change a moment from your past, to rewrite your history, and avoid inevitable tragedy? Stella knows she will do whatever she must to subvert her daughter’s fate.

The concept of time travel is, as I have said, one of my least favourite devices in film and literature. It’s either presented in a too simplistic, or convoluted, manner. In The Lost Girls, Spence uses it in a way that made sense to me. As Stella insinuates herself into her family, posing as her own long last aunt, she subtly attempts to manipulate the future, but destiny, it seems, is not as malleable as it may appear.

There is also a traditional mystery, with a missing girl at it’s heart, which is central to the story.

I’m loathe to say much more, lest I inadvertently spoil your own future reading of this novel . Suffice it to say, The Lost Girls is a poignant, intriguing ,and captivating read I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Apr 10, 2019 @ 12:40:16

    I loved this book. It took me by surprise also.

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  2. Delores Bebbington
    Apr 10, 2019 @ 16:46:42

    I really enjoyed this read, much to my surprise.. From here on in I will not be so reluctant to read Time Travel books. Jennifer Spence kept me engaged from start to finish.

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  3. Mystica
    Apr 11, 2019 @ 00:47:33

    I love the time travel theme that it did not go back centuries as is the general trend just a few decades.

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  4. Carol Evans
    Apr 11, 2019 @ 04:44:23

    In general, I avoid time travel books. Once in a while though, one is really good. This one sounds like one I might enjoy.

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