The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Missing Years

Author: Lexie Elliott

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: April 23, 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott


A woman’s unsolved family history comes back to haunt her in an eerie, old, isolated manor in the Scottish Highlands.

Ailsa Calder has inherited half of a house. The other half belongs to a man who disappeared from her life without a trace twenty-seven years ago—her father.

Leaving London behind to settle the inheritance, 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 neighborhood animals refuse to set one foot within the gates of the garden.

When the first nighttime intruder shows up and the locals in the isolated community pry into her plans for the manor, Ailsa becomes terrified that the mysteries surrounding the beautiful old home will cost her everything.

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott


Alisa Calder inherited an old Scottish manor from her mother’s estate, but she really only owns half of it. Her father, who disappeared 27 years earlier, owns the other half. With no way to sell or rent the manor, Alisa moves in. She doesn’t relocate alone though, her half-sister, who she doesn’t know well, moves with her.

During her childhood, Alisa lived in the home with her parents, but it’s been so long, she doesn’t feel much of a connection to the local village or the people. The locals remember the Calder family, though not all memories are that favorable. Alisa deals with her present situation, but is also faced with memories from her past… specifically, her father’s disappearance.

While staying in the manor, Alisa encounters a few strange things. In addition, Alisa sometimes questions herself on what is real. This combination makes for a suspenseful and somewhat eerie read.

The Missing Years is slow-building story with intriguing characters. In fact, the home itself is developed as a character rather than a setting. An interesting and complex novel.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Lexie Elliott:
  1. The French Girl
  2. The Missing Years
  3. How to Kill Your Best Friend

10 thoughts on “The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott [Book Review]

    1. Thanks! I was on the fence about this one too. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it. Hope it works for you if you decide to give it a shot. ?

  1. Very nice review Darinda. I loved this one and I loved the manse as well. But then, I love all things with a paranormal feel to them so it hit a lot of boxes for me.

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