The Lost Ones

The Lost Ones

Some houses are never at peace. England, 1917  Reeling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her imposing country mansion, Greyswick – but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion.Before long, strange incidents begin to trouble Stella/>...

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The Lost Ones Reviews

  • Thebooktrail

    Best book I've read this year - in a while actually.

    Spooky, chilling, great twisty plot, lyrical writing, excellent dark female characters and the most atmospheric gothic mansion of all...

    I spent the BEST day ever reading this - slowly getting accustomed to the house and those strange sounds of a baby crying, doors closing, shadows passing by windows and things moving....

    I LOVED this book. There's no locations as such as it'

    Best book I've read this year - in a while actually.

    Spooky, chilling, great twisty plot, lyrical writing, excellent dark female characters and the most atmospheric gothic mansion of all...

    I spent the BEST day ever reading this - slowly getting accustomed to the house and those strange sounds of a baby crying, doors closing, shadows passing by windows and things moving....

    I LOVED this book. There's no locations as such as it's a fictional mansion in a fictional village but OMG this book is good. The servants, the strange maid, Mrs Henge......gloriously dark characters!

    Out for Halloween - order it now! Then sit back and wait for the film that must surely come

    AND it's a DEBUT! HUGE congrats Ms Frank.

  • Sheri

    The Lost Ones is an absolutely terrific ghost story in the classic mould. It’s all there: spooky goings-on in an inhospitable country house, an intrepid female protagonist, a Mrs Danvers-style intimidating housekeeper and even a sceptical male investigator determined to prove the strange happenings are all in the women’s minds.

    It’s 1917 and narrator Stella is deep in grief for her fiancé Gerald. When Stella’s brother in law asks her to travel to Greyswyck, his family home, to be with

    The Lost Ones is an absolutely terrific ghost story in the classic mould. It’s all there: spooky goings-on in an inhospitable country house, an intrepid female protagonist, a Mrs Danvers-style intimidating housekeeper and even a sceptical male investigator determined to prove the strange happenings are all in the women’s minds.

    It’s 1917 and narrator Stella is deep in grief for her fiancé Gerald. When Stella’s brother in law asks her to travel to Greyswyck, his family home, to be with her pregnant sister Madeleine - who’s finding both the house and her mother in law, Lady Brightwell, distinctly unwelcoming - she agrees to go (taking with her Annie, a young maid with an unsettling way of apparently seeing what others can’t)... but could never have predicted what she will find there. Toy soldiers in her bed and mysterious crying in the night are only the start of what will turn out to be a dark family mystery.

    I loved the character of Stella - self-described as “argumentative, quick-tempered and cutting”, she’s also loyal, intelligent and with a fierce independence of mind. In many ways, she’s a woman out of her time. It was a pleasure to spend time with her.

    The Lost Ones was a wonderful read with engaging characters, an at times heart-wrenching plot (I did guess the secret ahead of time... or at least part of it) and a beautifully created atmosphere. I didn’t want it to end - although the end was satisfying. And I can even imagine a sequel of sorts featuring certain of the characters... I’d definitely read that.

  • Beadyjan

    I was gripped by this haunting tale perfect for fans of The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. It's a haunting, spooky story set in a rambling old mansion in the aftermath of world war one.

    Stella a grieving young woman, having returned from nursing wounded soldiers and the loss of her fiance takes her maid Annie to join her married sister Madelaine in her new marital home where the pregnant young woman is struggling to fit in, balancing a difficult mother in law, with eerie goings-o

    I was gripped by this haunting tale perfect for fans of The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. It's a haunting, spooky story set in a rambling old mansion in the aftermath of world war one.

    Stella a grieving young woman, having returned from nursing wounded soldiers and the loss of her fiance takes her maid Annie to join her married sister Madelaine in her new marital home where the pregnant young woman is struggling to fit in, balancing a difficult mother in law, with eerie goings-on in the house, no wonder her nerves are jagged.

    But Stella has to take on more than she expected and its clear Annie is hiding something as strange inexplicable occurrences lead to the conclusion the house must be haunted.

    With a creepy gothic feel, it's a haunting, emotional story with lots of unsettling events, threaded with horrific memories, grief and an underlying theme of women struggling for emancipation in an era when a husbands word was law and women were expected to be obedient and biddable.

    Can't fault it - a great debut.

  • Michelle

    It’s 1917 Stella Marcham is grieving over the loss of her fiancé Gerald who died due to the war. When brother in Law Hector visits her and asks her if she can visit her sister Madeline and their country estate Greyswick. Her sister is struggling, and she is pregnant. So, she agrees and takes her maid Annie Burrows with her.

    When she arrives, her distraught sister tells her of a baby crying in the night and Stella herself witness toy soldiers left in her bed and other mysteries start happening. T

    It’s 1917 Stella Marcham is grieving over the loss of her fiancé Gerald who died due to the war. When brother in Law Hector visits her and asks her if she can visit her sister Madeline and their country estate Greyswick. Her sister is struggling, and she is pregnant. So, she agrees and takes her maid Annie Burrows with her.

    When she arrives, her distraught sister tells her of a baby crying in the night and Stella herself witness toy soldiers left in her bed and other mysteries start happening. Then they realise a ghost child is haunting the manor. Annie is thought to be able to see dead people. But the other members of the family don’t believe them, and they think that the women are just been hysterical and making things up. Even bringing someone in to investigate and prove them wrong.

    I really enjoyed the lost ones. This is an addictive, gripping read. I love historical novels. This reminded me a bit of Laura Purcell and Bone China and the corset. This had a great storyline, characters and the story flowed easily. Very good for a debut novel. Can’t wait to see what Anita Frank does next.

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

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    ‘Some Houses are Never at Peace’

    I absolutely adore gothic fiction. The Lost Ones, by first time novelist Anita Frank, is an example of one of the finest novels I have read from this branch of the historical fiction genre. The Lost Ones contains gentle waves of the supernatural, and it represents an excellent study of grievances of war. Anita Frank’s debut novel proved its worth and more, The Lost Ones was a five star

    *

    ‘Some Houses are Never at Peace’

    I absolutely adore gothic fiction. The Lost Ones, by first time novelist Anita Frank, is an example of one of the finest novels I have read from this branch of the historical fiction genre. The Lost Ones contains gentle waves of the supernatural, and it represents an excellent study of grievances of war. Anita Frank’s debut novel proved its worth and more, The Lost Ones was a five star read all the way for me.

    Beginning in the year 1917, Britain is still at war, but Stella Marcham, a nurse on the front lines in France, returns bereft after the loss of her fiancé. In a bid to overcome her grief, Stella travels to Greyswick, a sprawling country abode, to see her beloved sister, who is pregnant. Soon after her arrival, Stella encounters much more than she bargained for. She finds a household of staff and family members rocked by suspicion, intrigue and anxiety. The presence of an unworldly spirit seems to haunt the halls of this opulent country mansion. The spirit attracts those above and below the stairs, gripping those in fear as odd events occurs. From children’s cries, to footsteps, unexplained rocking cribs and the strange placement of toys, there doesn’t appear to be an explanation for these spiralling events. Eventually, the man of the house, Stella’s brother in law, takes matters into his own hands. He calls on an injured soldier, a man who has a semi professional understanding of ghostly apparitions to help. Along with Stella and her perceptive maid Annie, all those who reside at the hall hope to put this restless spirit to rest.

    The Lost Ones skipped the review queue when it landed in my mailbox in late July. With a release date set a few months away in October, I couldn’t resist taking a peak at this book. Before long, one page turned into two, then a chapter, and eventually the whole book. For me, The Lost Ones is exactly why I love to read, this book was exhilarating. I am just so pleased I have found a new author to watch thanks to this reading experience.

    Set in 1917, one of my favourite historical time periods, Anita Frank does an absolutely superb job of setting her scene. The language is rich and clearly situated in the time period. We get a very good feel for the impact of war, especially on the home front. Frank zones in on those left behind to pick up the pieces, the senseless loss of life, and the dedication of those who signed up to fight for their country. Frank also looks at the balance between women gaining their voices and testing the waters of their new found freedom, in contrast to the opposite end of the spectrum. In Stella, a woman clearly severely heartbroken and unable to cope with her grief, we see a woman who is incorrectly labelled as insane and full of hysteria. Frank extends this impression of women as anxious, full of paranoia and hysteria when Stella’s pregnant sister (also suffering the loss of an unborn child) and maid Annie begin to see things out of the ordinary. Unable to assign a logical explanation to these sightings, it is easier to label these women as delusional, rather than take their claims seriously.

    The Lost Ones has been compared to the popular classic ghost story The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, and a recent book from this genre, Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions, which are both supernatural themed stories. I am always a little sceptical of the supernatural and the unexplained. I am quite logical and fearful of what believing in these forces might mean. However, in the context of The Lost Ones, this side narrative thread perfectly complimented the story at hand. The ghostly appearances were portrayed well on the page and served a strong purpose, leading the mystery element of the novel.

    Anita Frank knows a thing or two about the gothic thriller genre. In The Lost Ones, she has crafted an excellent novel, where we see Greyswick, the iconic stately home in this novel, as a character in its own right. The overwhelming presence of this property and the secrets it holds is one of the best areas of this novel.

    Another aspect of the novel that I need to mention are the sequences involving Stella’s war time flashbacks. I was so impressed by the clarity, vivid detail and the heartbreak of what occurred. Stella’s story seemed to unfold in a very visual way and I did feel like I was right there with Stella as the terrible loss of her fiancé occurred. It was utterly heartbreaking and there were tears, but I feel the reader needed this information to fully comprehend the story at hand. Stella’s character growth plays a significant part in the novel and we bear witness to her difficult grief process. Eventually, Stella comes to the realisation that although she has lost her beloved fiancé forever, life does go on. This is aided by characters such as Annie, the maid and an injured war veteran.

    I was taken aback when The Lost Ones reached its inevitable conclusion. I did not foresee the eventual conclusion and the final key turn which unlocked the central mystery of the novel. Thanks to the very astute and carefully plotted writing of Anita Frank, I was utterly at the mercy of the author until the bitter end of this spellbinding novel.

    I am very in tune to the fact that I could go on and on about The Lost Ones, but I am sure you are now aware that I loved this novel. It is a blessing this reading game, to uncover new authors to follow, such as Anita Frank. I look forward to many more stories from this bright spark in the literary world. Anita Frank, I just adored your debut novel, The Lost Ones.

    *I wish to thank Harlequin Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

  • Nic

    I loved this book! Based on the synopsis, I wasn’t sure how creepy things were going to get, or if I’d even be able to read this at night! As much as there were some pretty creepy and spine tingling scenes that gave me goosebumps, for the most part this book is more of a mystery.

    I really enjoyed the main character, Stella. Considering the time period of the book, she’s a really strong woman and I felt I could relate to her. Although I must admit, I couldn’t stand her sister, who came

    I loved this book! Based on the synopsis, I wasn’t sure how creepy things were going to get, or if I’d even be able to read this at night! As much as there were some pretty creepy and spine tingling scenes that gave me goosebumps, for the most part this book is more of a mystery.

    I really enjoyed the main character, Stella. Considering the time period of the book, she’s a really strong woman and I felt I could relate to her. Although I must admit, I couldn’t stand her sister, who came across as incredibly naive and stupid.

    It starts off a little slow, but by the second half I could hardly put the book down! I never guessed the ending either, even thought we’re dropped subtle clues the whole way, and a few times I thought I had it. If you enjoy an intriguing mystery and don’t mind a bit of creep factor, give this one a go!

  • Kylie D

    An intriguing book, The Lost Ones draws you in from the start and doesn't let go until you've turned the final page. We have Stella, grieving from the death of her fiancé in WW1, who, with her maid Annie, goes to stay with her pregnant sister Madeleine at her husband's country estate.

    Madeleine is growing increasingly anxious, she's hearing a child crying in the night where there is no child, and toy soldiers keep appearing in her bed. Her mother-in-law and the estate staff don't beli

    An intriguing book, The Lost Ones draws you in from the start and doesn't let go until you've turned the final page. We have Stella, grieving from the death of her fiancé in WW1, who, with her maid Annie, goes to stay with her pregnant sister Madeleine at her husband's country estate.

    Madeleine is growing increasingly anxious, she's hearing a child crying in the night where there is no child, and toy soldiers keep appearing in her bed. Her mother-in-law and the estate staff don't believe her, and when Stella and her maid start hearing the child too, it's quickly dismissed as hysteria. Madeleine's husband brings an expert in the paranormal down from London to debunk the women's theory, and it seems that everyone is against them.

    Yet who is the crying child that the women so clearly hear? Where are the toy soldiers coming from? Things start to escalate, and it seems that the house is indeed haunted, and a malevolent spirit is determined to get revenge...

    A gripping read, full of nasty, unsympathetic characters, yet it suited the book. Even the main character Stella I couldn't warm to, but you could clearly see her point of view and growing desperation. The one I felt sorry for was Annie, the maid, who seemed to bear the brunt of everything. However having said that I found The Lost Ones a compelling read, and have no hesitation in recommending it to lovers of historical mysteries and things that go bump in the night.

    My thanks to HQ Fiction for an ARC to read and review. The opinions are entirely my own.

  • Ceecee

    3 - 4 stars.

    I thought this was an impressive debut novel but I did have some reservations. The year is 1917, the central character is Stella Marcham who is grief stricken following the death of her fiancé in the war. Her brother in law Hector asked her to go to his family home Greyswick because her pregnant sister Madeline is struggling. Stella takes the family maid Annie Burrows with her and so begins a series of unsettling events.

    The characters in the story are well portrayed and easy to pic

    3 - 4 stars.

    I thought this was an impressive debut novel but I did have some reservations. The year is 1917, the central character is Stella Marcham who is grief stricken following the death of her fiancé in the war. Her brother in law Hector asked her to go to his family home Greyswick because her pregnant sister Madeline is struggling. Stella takes the family maid Annie Burrows with her and so begins a series of unsettling events.

    The characters in the story are well portrayed and easy to picture though some are not likeable such as Hectors mother although she thaws a bit at the end of the book. Dr Mayhew is easy to dislike especially as he characterises Stella’s behaviour as that of an hysterical woman. The housekeeper Mrs Henge seems to be everywhere at once and is austere and humourless. She seems to me to be a version of Mrs Danvers in Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier but not as menacing in my opinion. Stella, her sister and Annie are likeable characters and I like the spirit that all these women show as they face opposition to their claims that the house is haunted. There are some very good descriptions such as that of Greyswick, of society and it’s values especially attitudes to women and it is written in a style that is appropriate to the times which I like very much. The contrast between the pre war days (‘halcyon days’) and the horror of the war is well done too.

    Although there is much to praise I feel that there is too much description at times, it’s overlong and it detracts from the story telling which led to some feelings of impatience! Although some events in the story are good such as the exorcism I can’t say that I felt great menace or suspense. However, it’s very clear that Anita Frank has a lot of talent and so I would definitely be interested to see what she produces next.

  • Amanda

    It’s 1917 Stella Marcham has lost her fiancé in the war and is struggling to come to terms with her grief. Her pregnant sister Madeline is struggling with her pregnancy so her brother in law Hector asks her to stay at his family home at Greyswick. Accompanying Stella is the family’s maid Annie.

    Soon after arriving at Greyswick strange events occur, toy soldiers appearing in their bedrooms and sounds of crying in the night!!

    This is a great supernatural book. What secrets is this house

    It’s 1917 Stella Marcham has lost her fiancé in the war and is struggling to come to terms with her grief. Her pregnant sister Madeline is struggling with her pregnancy so her brother in law Hector asks her to stay at his family home at Greyswick. Accompanying Stella is the family’s maid Annie.

    Soon after arriving at Greyswick strange events occur, toy soldiers appearing in their bedrooms and sounds of crying in the night!!

    This is a great supernatural book. What secrets is this house keeping?

    Everybody from Lady Brightwell (Hector’s mother) to the housekeeper Mrs Henge, have secrets that they are desperate not be revealed.

    A very gripping story, I was swept along with this and the larger than life characters and I really did not want it to end.

    I would definitely recommend this and will be looking forward to Anita Franks next book. Can not believe this her debut!!

    Make yourself comfortable and let this haunting novel transport you to Greyswick, where things go bump in the night!!

    Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  • Sarah

    I couldn’t not start my review off without mentioning the gorgeous cover for this book. It truly is stunning and instantly catches your eye.

    The blurb also attracted my attention, especially as it is likened to the style of The Woman in Black. Who doesn’t love a spookishly style read, especially at this time of year when the nights are closing in.

    Personally for me, this book is best enjoyed on an evening when it’s cold and dark outside with the lights dimmed inside. It rea

    I couldn’t not start my review off without mentioning the gorgeous cover for this book. It truly is stunning and instantly catches your eye.

    The blurb also attracted my attention, especially as it is likened to the style of The Woman in Black. Who doesn’t love a spookishly style read, especially at this time of year when the nights are closing in.

    Personally for me, this book is best enjoyed on an evening when it’s cold and dark outside with the lights dimmed inside. It really adds to the atmosphere of the story. Not that it really needs it as it is set in an impressive country mansion. If anything the house sounded quite foreboding.

    When stella arrives at the house with her maid Annie in tow, it isn’t long before strange going’s on start happening. From that point on, the story itself really intensifies. I loved that sense of dread of not knowing what was going to happen next and that there was definitely something unnatural going on.

    The Lost Ones has a horror/supernatural feel about it. It would make a great movie that’s for sure. The creepy going on’s really adds to the tension that builds throughout. The climax was simply brilliant with everything unravelling and lots of shocking surprises coming to light. Hard to believe that this is a debut novel. An atmospheric, eerie read of which the authors writing style totally captivated me.

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