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The Lost Child

Narrated by: Emilia Fox
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Summary

Some novels hold you in their spell and never let go....

Unravel the mystery of The Lost Child. Listen to the heart-wrenching new novel from the author of the international best seller The Girl in the Letter, Emily Gunnis.

A tragic death. A missing baby. A long-kept secret....

1960. Thirteen-year-old, Rebecca, and her mother, live in fear of Rebecca's father's violent temper. As a storm batters Seaview Cottage one night, Rebecca hears a visitor at the door and an argument ensues. By the time the police arrive, the visitor has fled and both Rebecca's parents are dead. No one believes Rebecca's story that she heard a stranger downstairs....

2014. Iris, a journalist, is sent to cover the story of a new mother on the run with her desperately ill baby, as the police race against time to find them. When the trail leads back to Seaview Cottage, the childhood home of Iris's own mother, Rebecca, Iris must unravel the events of the night Rebecca is desperate to forget, for Seaview Cottage to give up its secrets.

©2019 Emily Gunnis (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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beautiful, sorrowful and everything in-between

beautiful, sorrowful and everything in-between. complex human nature, family relationships love and horror. deep dark and light.

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Good but confusing

Had to restart, got confused between characters. Very good once I knew the characters.

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Brilliant book!

such a good book! loved it. Emilia Fox was brilliant. I will look forward to Emily Gunnis' next book.

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Inconsistencies and strange emotional reactions

I wanted to like this book - I’ve worked at the real St Dunstan’s in Chichester (St Richard’s) and know the area. However, despite a professional performance from Emilia Fox, a big part of the reason I decided to buy the audiobook, there were lots of editorial gaffs that were just plain disappointing: Harvey drives in the the hospital car park, then looks up at the hotel. Jessie is on Sertraline then she’s on Citaloptam. Cecilia’s husband starts as a baronet, then he’s just a plain Mr Barton later on. All quite weak. Then nearer the end, everyone is blaming everyone else for what is plainly nothing any individual could assume blame for - just tortuous emotion for emotion’ sake, it felt, rather than natural human reaction in the face of alleged manipulation and mental breakdowns. Harvey seems unbelievable - he wants to stay on the farm, so drives Rebecca away, yet rolls over a short time later because of inheritance tax? If a farm is passed to the next generation and continuously farmed for seven further years, no tax is - or was liable. Poor research and weak presentation (also lots of repeated adjectives close together, which became a bit wearing - ‘rushed’, as in rushed outside after rushing downstairs was a regular feature) sadly let this book down for me.

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Brilliantly done

Highly recommend this book hard to put down once you start it . Brilliant voice to listen to . You will definitely not be disappointed with this audible book

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  • 20-10-19

Just ok

It was okay, kept my interest but nothing I would reread. several twists near the end.

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  • Sallye
  • 12-09-20

Do not recommend

Confusing, overly dramatic, she repeated over & over throughout the book “my baby, my baby”. Really boring book, even though I listened to it to the end.

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  • G. Woods
  • 10-08-20

Story line is hard to follow on audio

If I were reading this book, I would be able to go back and check dates and names on the pages. But the chapters jumps from person to person and and back in time, so it’s difficult to keep up when listening to it. I finally gave up trying to keep up with who the characters were. I only made it through the first 5 chapters which was about 5 different people’s stories.

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  • Leisha
  • 15-03-20

such a good story but needs your attention!

Extremely good story & great characters with many twists. its a story which you need to know how it ends.