Release Date: April 23, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Goodreads Average: 3.76 *as of 5/07/19*
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.
What it’s about: Ailsa Calder has returned home to The Manse after her mother dies. But she has only technically inherited half of the house, as her mom left the other half in the name of Ailsa’s dad who just so happens to have been missing for the past twenty seven years. Ailsa decides to stay there, leaving her boyfriend and home behind in London, with her estranged half sister while she figures out what to do. But she feels like the house is watching her, and then when she starts to get messages from someone, it becomes very clear there is someone out there who doesn’t want her there.
For me, The Missing Years was such a creepy read that I had a hard time pulling myself away from it. While there isn’t necessarily a lot happening for most of the book, the overall sense of foreboding and strange things that were happening made me want to keep reading. There is a touch of the supernatural to this book as well so if you like books like that you’ll find a dash of it here. Any book that has a Scottish house nicknamed ‘The Manse’ has to be good right? The house definitely made this book very atmospheric.
I was really pulled in by Elliott’s writing style and how all of the story came together. I was very surprised by the ending, and I also liked how Ailsa seemed to slowly begin to go mad and start second guessing herself. Hers is the only POV in the whole book and you begin to doubt her a little as the book goes on.
Final Thought: I think that The Missing Years is a good book to go into mostly blind so I will wrap up my review without saying too much more. I think it is important to note that some people may find it boring, but if you like a slow-burn with a creepy house and dash of the supernatural, you should love this!
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5