The Lost Child by Emily Gunnis. (2020).
**3 out of 5 stars**
1960. 13-year-old Rebecca lives in fear of her father’s temper. As a storm batters Seaview Cottage one night, she hears a visitor at the door and a violent argument ensues. By the time the police arrive, Rebecca’s parents are dead and the visitor has fled. No one believes Rebecca heard a stranger downstairs…
2014. Iris, a journalist, is sent to cover the story of a new mother on the run with her desperately ill baby. But fatefully the trail leads to the childhood home of Iris’s own mother, Rebecca…Seaview Cottage. As Iris races to unravel what happened the night Rebecca’s parents were killed, it’s time for Seaview Cottage to give up its secrets.
Let me just say that I think this synopsis is missing some information. I really don’t think it’s a spoiler to include the info that the new mother on the run is Iris’s half-sister Jessie. We find that out almost immediately and to be honest I have no idea why they decided to leave that off the synopsis considering it is established from the beginning, and the only reason Iris is ”sent to cover” the story is because she rang her editor about it…anyway for some reason that really annoyed me so I had to vent haha!
The book itself…I personally found it average and okay, the majority of other people seem to find it great. The storyline flicks between the present (2014) when Jessie is missing with her new baby, 1960 when Jessie’s mother Rebecca’s parents died and late 1940s/early 1950s when Rebecca’s father Jacob returns a changed man from war to his wife Harriet. It all ends up being linked to Seaview Courage and some big secrets are revealed by the end. I was intrigued enough to read the whole book but it just felt like it was lacking something to me. A lot of other readers have seriously loved this one and found it really absorbing and engaging. I didn’t have that experience myself but I can see why people have really enjoyed it so give it a go if you like the sound of the synopsis.