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 Hig...

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Author:Lexie Elliott
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The Missing Years Reviews

  • Mackey

    really enjoyed reading Lexie Elliott’s first novel,

    last year but I will tell you now that

    eclipses her first and has landed its way onto my favorite’s list! The Missing Years crosses genres from suspense, mystery, a touch of romance to a fair amount of magical realism and she marries these together seamlessly. It has an essence of a ghost story while keeping the reader firmly planted in the here and now and much of what one suspects as s

    really enjoyed reading Lexie Elliott’s first novel,

    last year but I will tell you now that

    eclipses her first and has landed its way onto my favorite’s list! The Missing Years crosses genres from suspense, mystery, a touch of romance to a fair amount of magical realism and she marries these together seamlessly. It has an essence of a ghost story while keeping the reader firmly planted in the here and now and much of what one suspects as supernatural turns out to be ominously too close to reality for comfort.

    While both

    and

    comprise a large ensemble cast of characters, with this one Elliott does a better job of fleshing out her characters so that they are more manageable to distinguish from one another and also easier to relate to, feel compassion for and, ultimately invest in their story. As someone with roots in Scotland, I found the history that was included particularly intriguing and learned more about my own past than I was expecting. Trust me, the history is subtle, never boring for a moment.

    is an eclectic, atmospheric and suspenseful tale that I highly recommend. While some readers have questioned the addition of magical realism in this book, I found that it was absolutely marvelous and hope this is a continued direction for Elliott’s future work.

    I am very grateful to Elisha @berkleypub and #elliott_lexie for my advanced copy #TheMissingYears.

  • Lala BooksandLala

    This had my dream ratio of “is this or is this not paranormal?”

    A Scottish manor with a sordid history- animals won’t go near it, and unexplained things keep happening within its walls.

    It was really set up for me to love- an isolated mystery, set in a small town, with a creepy house to boot? Hell yes.

    What I loved about it:

    The pacing of the reveals was perfect- we know from the jump that her mom is dead and dad has been missing for decades, and the rest of the family (and manor’s) history slowly u

    This had my dream ratio of “is this or is this not paranormal?”

    A Scottish manor with a sordid history- animals won’t go near it, and unexplained things keep happening within its walls.

    It was really set up for me to love- an isolated mystery, set in a small town, with a creepy house to boot? Hell yes.

    What I loved about it:

    The pacing of the reveals was perfect- we know from the jump that her mom is dead and dad has been missing for decades, and the rest of the family (and manor’s) history slowly unravels at carefully plotted moments.

    There was a killer friendship dynamic and charismatic AF characters. I would have actually liked 100 more pages with them, adding more backstory, and even more romantic tension (which is SO unlike me.)

    The perspective of our main character Ailsa was a joy to read from; she didn’t waste a lot of time just casually wondering about the mystery and not following through on hunches, which is something that often bothers me in mysteries. I think giving her a journalism background was a smart choice, and helped drive a lot of her decisions and results.

    I would have liked more red herrings, because the one near the end was seriously epic and I’m quite impressed the author’s ability to shock me like that.

    As a final note, I hope there’s an audiobook for this because hearing the character’s varying accents would be really lovely; the writing included Scottish dialogue which threw me off at first as I’m not used to reading it, and I ended up really appreciated that aspect.

  • Berit☀️✨

    Lexie Elliot Will completely transport you to this Erie Scottish house with her descriptive writing. I could feel the cold and contempt seeping from the house. The house has a life of its own and is probably the most dynamic character in the book. This is a slow burner that combines mystery, suspense, and magical realism.

    Ailsa inherits a house, well half a house. The other half belongs to her father who she has not seen for over 20 years. Unable to sell the hous

    Lexie Elliot Will completely transport you to this Erie Scottish house with her descriptive writing. I could feel the cold and contempt seeping from the house. The house has a life of its own and is probably the most dynamic character in the book. This is a slow burner that combines mystery, suspense, and magical realism.

    Ailsa inherits a house, well half a house. The other half belongs to her father who she has not seen for over 20 years. Unable to sell the house until her father is found, or pronounced dead; Ailsa moves into the house along with her half sister Carrie. It doesn’t take Ailsa Long to figure out the house has a mind and a heartbeat of its own. Not only that she discovers a intruder in the house her very first night there. Then things start appearing and disappearing, noises are heard and there is that feeling of being watched at all times. A dead fox at the door, fire alarms going off, and the flies... oh the flies! Just thinking about the flies gives me the heebie-jeebies! So is the house friend or foe? Is it warning her or scaring her off?

    For the most part I really liked this book it was so atmospheric and evocative. However some parts were extremely slow. Also as much as I enjoyed the magical realism element of this book, I wish it had been explored a little more in depth. Time folding? I was left with a few questions I would have liked answered. I recommend this to people who enjoy descriptive writing, a slower burn, and a touch of magic.

    *** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

    3.5 rounded up

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    3.5 stars.

    An eerie, haunting and deeply atmospheric mystery.

    When Ailsa’s mother passes away, she inherits half of an old Scottish manor house, known as the Manse, set deep in the countryside. Ailsa has deep buried memories of living in this home as a young child. These fuzzy recollections surface randomly, keeping her connected and curious about her family history hidden within the walls of the house.

    This was a slow burn mystery that kept me on edge with wonder of how things would all work out

    3.5 stars.

    An eerie, haunting and deeply atmospheric mystery.

    When Ailsa’s mother passes away, she inherits half of an old Scottish manor house, known as the Manse, set deep in the countryside. Ailsa has deep buried memories of living in this home as a young child. These fuzzy recollections surface randomly, keeping her connected and curious about her family history hidden within the walls of the house.

    This was a slow burn mystery that kept me on edge with wonder of how things would all work out. There are many parts to this mystery that are slowly revealed as Ailsa uncovers pieces of her family history. The characters were intriguing, all holding an air of secrecy that kept me curious. The Manse was a character in itself, which was definitely my favourite part of this haunting story. The author, Lexie Elliott, did an outstanding job developing a thick and engrossing atmosphere that had me feeling wrapped up within the walls of the house.

    I enjoyed the storyline, characters and mystery, however, the pace felt too slow at several points. While I loved the atmospheric feel, I would have preferred the storyline to progress quicker.

    This was a Traveling Sister read that we all felt similarly on.

    Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for providing me with an ARC to read and review!

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  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends

    3.5 stars

    A missing father, an inherited old Scottish manor with rumors of it being haunted, the daughter trying to escape from the feeling of it watching her.

    The Missings Years is an easy atmospheric read here with the setting of an old Scottish manor called the Manse that I thought should have felt more creepier and eerier with the secrets it keeps. I had some mixed feelings here and I began to wonder if maybe I have become a predictable reader expecting stories to feel a certain way. Here in

    3.5 stars

    A missing father, an inherited old Scottish manor with rumors of it being haunted, the daughter trying to escape from the feeling of it watching her.

    The Missings Years is an easy atmospheric read here with the setting of an old Scottish manor called the Manse that I thought should have felt more creepier and eerier with the secrets it keeps. I had some mixed feelings here and I began to wonder if maybe I have become a predictable reader expecting stories to feel a certain way. Here in this story, the lack of creepiness was made up by the house coming alive for me. It became a strong entertaining character with an attitude and I enjoyed the dynamics here with the house and our main character Ailsa.

    The characters here within the small town were also entertaining and I enjoyed hearing the rumors and the vibe it created here in the story. I found the characters to be interesting and the dynamics well down between them.

    The Missing Years is a slower paced read that read fast for me and read it quick quickly. It was a different pace from my usual dark and twisted and I thought the mystery came together a bit uneventful however I did love the way things wrapped up with the house. I highly recommend taking some time to get to know this house.

    Thank you to Elisha and Berkley Publishing for my complimentary copy.

  • Kaceey

    Ailsa just inherited a house. Well, more like half a house. The other half belongs to her estranged father who’s been missing for years. Unfortunately, Ailsa is prevented from selling the home until dear ole’daddy is found and hopefully agrees to the deal. With no other options, Ailsa quickly moves in with her half-sister, Carrie.

    The town is a flurry of second-guessing and rumors! So many theories on what happened to her father, and everyone has their own opinion. Is her home haunted? And wh

    Ailsa just inherited a house. Well, more like half a house. The other half belongs to her estranged father who’s been missing for years. Unfortunately, Ailsa is prevented from selling the home until dear ole’daddy is found and hopefully agrees to the deal. With no other options, Ailsa quickly moves in with her half-sister, Carrie.

    The town is a flurry of second-guessing and rumors! So many theories on what happened to her father, and everyone has their own opinion. Is her home haunted? And why do the neighbors pets walk around the property but won’t ever set foot inside? The questions multiplying like wild-fire.

    With some supernatural elements interspersed (truly nothing too scary) the tale of Ailsa, her father and their home unfold.

    Lexie Elliott writes an atmospheric read that will draw you in and captivate you throughout. No high-speed, fast paced thriller here. Ms. Elliott keeps the focus on the characters drawing out pieces of their stories like cherished friends.

    A buddy read with Susanne! Thank you for reading this one with me!

    Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and Lexie Elliott for an ARC to read and review.

  • Holly  B

    I had really high hopes for this novel. The premise of an eerie, creepy and old Scottish mansion sounds like my cup of tea, however, I found the story to be too much of a slow burn for me. Some may find the slower unfolding a plus.

    After a quite intriguing and suspenseful beginning, the story seemed to stall at points and I found myself getting distracted. There were moments of suspense that kept me hopeful that the tension would pick up and the characters would pull me in. I just couldn't get in

    I had really high hopes for this novel. The premise of an eerie, creepy and old Scottish mansion sounds like my cup of tea, however, I found the story to be too much of a slow burn for me. Some may find the slower unfolding a plus.

    After a quite intriguing and suspenseful beginning, the story seemed to stall at points and I found myself getting distracted. There were moments of suspense that kept me hopeful that the tension would pick up and the characters would pull me in. I just couldn't get invested in them. There is a mystery that slowly unravels, but for me it wasn't enough to make this one a winner.

    Fans of a slow-burning mystery with a touch sinister undertones may enjoy this one. My favorite character would have to be the house which was named 

    Out April 23, 2019

    Thanks to the publisher for my review copy!

  • Debra

    2.75/3 stars

    Ailsa Calder has inherited an old Scottish manor (the Manse) from her Mother's estate. Sounds good, right? Except that it is in the middle of nowhere and she only owns half the house, the other half is owned by her father who has been missing for twenty-seven years. She comes to the Scottish Highlands with her younger sister, who feels like stranger to her in hopes of settling her inheritance.

    She remembers being at the Manse in the past. She feels as if the house is watching her. She

    2.75/3 stars

    Ailsa Calder has inherited an old Scottish manor (the Manse) from her Mother's estate. Sounds good, right? Except that it is in the middle of nowhere and she only owns half the house, the other half is owned by her father who has been missing for twenty-seven years. She comes to the Scottish Highlands with her younger sister, who feels like stranger to her in hopes of settling her inheritance.

    She remembers being at the Manse in the past. She feels as if the house is watching her. She is unnerved and notices that not even animals will come close. To make matters worse, she encounters and intruder in her home and strange things begin to happen.

    The premise of this book was fantastic. Creepy manor in the Scottish Highlands. Is it haunted? Is her imagination playing tricks on her? What's with the animals who won’t come into the garden? What is going on with all the strange things happening? Again, fantastic premise which fell flat for me. There were parts that were interesting and good, but other times I was bored. I was hoping that this book would be creepy and sinister. It wasn't creepy enough for me. If you are going to be creepy - then be super creepy-- that's my motto!

    Obviously, there is mystery here: where is her father? Why did he go missing? and What is going on at the house? Who is leaving things? Why? Is the house trying to give her messages? Or is Alicia imagining things?

    Other reviewers are enjoying this book more than I did, so I encourage reading the other reviews and choose for yourself. This one just fell a little flat for me.

    Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    3-3.5 stars on this one. Review to come!

  • Susanne  Strong

    Ailsa Calder and her half sister Carrie reluctantly return to the Manse, in the Highlands of Scotland, after losing their mom. Ailsa now owns half of it - the other half belonging to her dad, who has been missing for the last twenty seven years. If only it felt like home.

    Ailsa Calder and her half sister Carrie reluctantly return to the Manse, in the Highlands of Scotland, after losing their mom. Ailsa now owns half of it - the other half belonging to her dad, who has been missing for the last twenty seven years. If only it felt like home. People turn up at every corner, are they friends or foes?

    At the very beginning, there were questions that had to be answered in Lexie Elliott’s “The Missing Years” and I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on. For me, this was a character study as well as a mystery/suspense, which, admittedly started out a tad bit slow but sped up as the story progressed. Delving into the minds of Ailsa and her half-sister Carrie was super intense - and the ending? What a doozy!

    This was a buddy read with Kaceey. This was a read that had us questioning ourselves at every turn!

    Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and to Lexie Elliott for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on Goodreads on 3.24.19.

    Will be published on Amazon and Twitter on 4.23.19.

    Excerpt to be published on Instagram.

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