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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Title:The Missing Years
Author:Lexie Elliott
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The Missing Years Reviews

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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