It’s Friiiidaaaaay! After work today, I’m hitting the laundromat and then mustering up any remaining energy I have to perform at a Salsa Social at 11:30 (gah!). It’s the wildest Friday night I’ve had planned in quite a while.
But aside from that, I am really excited to share with you the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club: “The Lost Girls” by Heather Young.
I can honestly say this is the first book in a long time that had me hooked from the beginning, and it provided a true escape. Here is the scoop on Young’s DEBUT novel:
A stunning debut novel that examines the price of loyalty, the burden of regret, the meaning of salvation, and the sacrifices we make for those we love, told in the voices of two unforgettable women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a picturesque lake house.
In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family—her father commits suicide, and her mother and two older sisters spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child.
Sixty years later, Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before her death, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person who might care: her grandniece, Justine. For Justine, the lake house offers freedom and stability—a way to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota winter is just beginning. The house is cold and dilapidated. The dark, silent lake is isolated and eerie. Her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more about the summer of 1935 than he’s telling.
Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her mother arrives to steal her inheritance, and the man she left launches a dangerous plan to get her back. In a house haunted by the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.
After reading this description, I wasn’t sure how this story was going to be told – it seemed muddled. But it had such great reviews, I wanted to at least check it out. I’m so glad I did because it was very difficult to put down.
The book’s format goes between the characters of Justine and Lucy: one chapter will be from the perspective of Justine, and the next is from Lucy’s point of view. This provides an easy way for the reader to move from past to present and back, while connecting the stories.
I definitely think there could be additional books based on these characters – I have no idea if Heather Young has anything in the works, but I’ll definitely keeping my eyes open! I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, or stories that take place in the woods/on a lake.
The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks. Read it with us by simply reading the book and letting me know here, or on social media @OrangeJulius7.
Speaking of Blanche, tomorrow is her birthday! She’s turning 4, and still the brattiest child I’ve ever had. I’m going to try my best to put up with her tomorrow… but only for 24 hours, then it’s back to laying down the law (hah).