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3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  903 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Attorney Bartholomew Crane doesn't belong in the small town of Murdoch. And the town of Murdoch doesn't want him there. Even Crane's client, a teacher accused of killing two girls, his own students, doesn't seem to care if Crane gets him off or not. But Bartholomew Crane has come to Murdoch to try his first murder case -- and he intends to win at all costs.

That is, until
Paperback, 454 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by Dell (first published April 13th 2000)
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The cover promises (somewhat cheesily) this to be a novel of psychological terror. And it is, it really is, it didn't need to be advertised quite so blatantly. This is a story of morally bankrupt young lawyer who travels north to a remote and dreary small town to defend a man accused of murdering two teenage girls. Pyper, with degrees in English and law both, is perfect to write this and his talent and expertise shine here. He might very well be the Canadian John Connolly, which is quite a compl ...more
This is the third novel from Andrew Pyper I have read, which was his first.
The Guardians still remains my favourite of his, and one of my best reads of last year.

Lost Girls is quite good for the most part, and it brought to my mind some of the lingering feelings I had had while in the grips of the excellent Twin Peaks TV series.
The setting is a northern Ontario town, and the plot surrounds the trial of a schoolteacher accused of murdering two girls. Besides impending winter, the town is also ove
Just no. I don’t think I can take anymore of this. Not only has Pyper’s ‘Lost Girls’ lost me completely throughout a good portion of the novel, but it has got me wondering why the hell I ever came to want to pick up this book in the first place. Perhaps it was the deceiving misconception of a good storyline revolving around the murder of two fourteen year old girls and the mysteries that seem to haunt the town of Murdoch and everyone in it. Or a prologue so beautifully written it encouraged vivi ...more
Attorney Bartholomew Crane doesn't belong in the small town of Murdoch. And the town of Murdoch doesn't want him there. Even Crane's client, a teacher accused of killing two girls, his own students, doesn't seem to care if Crane gets him off or not. But Bartholomew Crane has come to Murdoch to try his first murder case -- and he intends to win at all costs. That is, until the case takes an unexpected turn. For as Crane begins to piece together a defense for his client, he finds himself being dra ...more
Sharon Speevak
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Shelves: canadian, fiction, mystery
9/9/2012 ~ Reading *Lost Girls* for the second time (the first was in the late '90s). I was quickly lost (happily) in the Northern Ontario setting: Shield Country: my favourite place on Earth :-)

9/14 ~ The story bogged down some in the middle ...Now that the end is about 40 pages away, it's crackling. This feels like a completely different book from the one I first read about 16 years ago ... There is a spookiness, a frigid awe that gets under the skin in the reading. Desolation without letup. E
Anthea Carson
You're kidding, you mean I haven't already written about how much I loved this book? I could not put it down from the moment I picked it up from the grocery store shelves while out on an errand. I never buy books from the grocery store. Unable to stop, I read this till three and four o'clock in the morning with all the lights on in the house because I was so terrified. I was a wee bit disappointed that my suspicion as to what happened was never confirmed. Instead he left me at the end with only ...more
You'll discover as the story progresses why attorney Barth Crane is such a flawed & jaded individual. Defending someone who doesn't want to be defended in a backwater town in northern Ontario, Crane is intrigued by the town's history as well as his own past. I enjoyed the caustic wit, sarcasm and arrogance Crane possessed (as do most trial attorneys) and thought Pyper's descriptions quite poetic at times.
Ellen Keim
I fluctuated between a 3 and a 4 star rating. I really liked the book, with reservations. For one thing, I couldn't help but compare it to the author's latest book, The Demonologist, which I read first. It's obvious that Pyper (the author) has improved (Lost Girls is his first novel) and yet they share similar elements: a touch of the supernatural, a protagonist struggling with his "demons," and some or all of the book set in Canada.

I enjoyed this book partly for the setting: it takes place som
I had read this before and was glad for the chance to read it again to see if I understood it any better this time. I would say yes, although it both murder mystery and ghost story and I had trouble taking the ghost part seriously. Thinking about the "Lady of the Lake" as symbolic of our past rather than as an actual malevolent force in the lake was helpful to my understanding. I think our histories and genetics do drag us down sometimes, we can drown from the force of our past mistakes and sin ...more
I didn't like this book, and that annoyed me because I really liked The Demonologist and I wanted to like this.

I didn't like the lead character, I didn't like the way it was written, and I thought the plot was terrible. I struggled through to the end because I hate to leave a book unfinished, but this was really disappointing to me.

Biggest annoyance - it's half murder mystery, half ghost story, and neither is really ever explored properly. A lot of words and descriptions of forests, not a lot a

That's how I felt at the end of this story, which was outstanding for the first 75% of the book, then absolutely crashed and burned into a tremendous disaster in the last few chapters. To say I was disappointed after such a strong build throughout the majority of the book is a massive understatement.

It wasn't too tough to connect the prologue to the story taking place in real time, which wasn't really a problem until the explanation came in the form of nonsensical coincidence and un
This book is a slightly disturbing, courtroom drama. Pyper was a lawyer, and he knows his stuff. The character Barth Crane is an entirely unlikeable main character. An anti-hero, a disgusting person. Interesting choice. The really disturbing thing is Pyper's portrayal of crimes so horrendous and unthinkable, and how thinking it becomes an obsession, thinking of his (the lawyer, the student, maybe the teacher) desire to have hurt the girls. Does it make it so? What is the point? Is it a portrayal ...more
I rather enjoyed this book. A tough, gritty mystery about a coke addicted criminal defense laywer and a case of two missing teens, presumed kidnapped and killed by their high school English teacher. A compelling read, and Pypers writing style is very discriptive; very tactile. The Lady of the Lake was an interesting paranormal twist to what is otherwise a very down-and-dirty criminal suspense tale. Overall, worth the reading time.
I was really disappointed with this book. I'll admit that I had high expectations after reading Pyper's The Killing Circle but this was clearly a demonstrated example of a first novel. It was very (to use Pyper's exhausted water metaphor) muddled, overly-wordy, and left a couple loose ends dangling. One of the largest loose ends was the ghost woman's two daughters. I feel as though there were implicated hints as to whom they were but Pyper never actually identifies what happened to the two girls ...more
This was chosen by someone in bookclub. I couldn't get past first chapter it was so sleazy. Items in first chapter cousin rapes cousin, cousin drowns, snorting cocaine lawyer pressures rapist's girlfriend to lie in court, rapist goes free, lawyer at strip club, F-word used freely.
Susan (the other Susan)
One of the skills that's almost guaranteed to make me a fan of a newly discovered author is his ability to make me feel empathy for a character who seems hopelessly unlikable. Andrew Pyper does it brilliantly in Lost Girls, where the protagonist is a shallow, self-absorbed coke-head lawyer. He's arrived in a small blue-collar town to defend the man accused in the serial murders of young girls; his sole concern at the start of the story is to get his firm's client acquitted and reap the career re ...more
Beverley Albright
What I thought was going to be a good ghost story or a psychological thriller turned out to be a mess of the combination of the two. Not really excited about it.
I can't say enough good things about this novel. It really captivated me. I got the goosebumps so many times I can't count. One of my all time favourite ghost stories.
B.L. Hewitt

Andrew Pyper’s first novel lost girls is an exquisitely crafted psychological thriller. The protagonist Bartholomew Christian Crane is a Canadian barrister with a shady past and a serious cocaine Flynn. Although the girls have vanished, when the story begins no bodies at been recovered. Our hero Bartholomew Crane feels his defense, is ironclad. After Crane establishes himself in the only hotel in addiction. Thomas Tripp, appears to be just an ordinary rural history teacher, but it would seem Tho
As a first time reader of Andrew Pyper's work, I thought I would start with his debut novel, Lost Girls. What a thoroughly enjoyable page turner and incredibly impressive debut novel! Part psychological thriller, part ghost story, part mystery novel and courtroom drama, Pyper's narrative voice is distinctive and original, seamlessly taking all of the various fragments of this multi-layered story and creating a satisfying whole. At times, these numerous threads flirt dangerously close with runnin ...more
Poorly written, sad plot and sub plot, the whole book was a waste of time. Large portions of the book were repetitive and boring.
Alex Lewis
This was a big disappointment. I can't recall a book that started out so well and degenerated so much.
Can't say I liked it and it could have been better but it's ok.
I picked this up at the library because of a recommendation. This book is a murder mystery, a legal thriller and a ghost story. Toronto lawyer Bartholomew Crane drives to Northern Ontario to defend an English teacher accused of murdering two female students. The local legend of “the Lady” seems like a convenient place to rest the guilt and get his client acquitted. But of course things are never that easy. I found this to be a well written, compelling book, but compelling for all the wrong reas ...more
Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper, 1999 In a small Northern Ontario town a tragedy, two of the most popular high school girls go missing and eventually presumed dead. Eventually the blame is put on their English teacher which whom the girls had a special relationship with. Thom Tripp a troubled man shadowed by a loss of his own and from which has become mentally unbalanced to the untrained eye of around him. Enter Barth Crane, a lawyer from the big city with some secret habits of his own an ...more
Jay Jessmer
This book had the potential to be something special. Started out very nicely. It grabbed me right away, but started to unravel rather quickly. Honestly, the beginning of the book was what kept me reading. I kept waiting for it to get back to being as good as it started.
It's hard when you have a protagonist that you both like and dislike. Barth was an ass. he showed flashes of being a good person, but it wasn't enough. The guy is defending people's lives in a court of law and he's snorting up i
-Warning spoiler alert-
Lost Girls is a story set in Murdoch, a small town in Ontario’s lake country. The lead character, Bartholomew Crane is a defence attorney from the Lyle, Gederov & Asscoiates law firm or as Bartholomew says “Lie, Get em off” is sent to Murdoch to defend a suspect in his first murder trial. His client is Thomas Tripp, suspected to be the murderer of two of his students, Ashley Flynn and Krystal McConnell is a man with a loose grip on reality and says he can hear voices i
Author has a butts obsession. It's kinda weird to get 100 pages into a horror/legal thriller and realize that I've received a detailed yet non sexualized description of every single character's butt. Here's my favorite, cause I'm into collecting absurd shit:
"I'm uncomfortably aware of my buttocks squishing and slipping against each other like mating seals."
On reflection, this is the one saving grace of the book and earns the second star.

Aside from that, the main character is both unlikeable and
I love thrillers and police procedurals. So much. Law and Order is a staple in my life - feeling anxious? watch the predictable unfolding of 44 minutes. With Andrew Pyper’s *Lost Girls” (see a few posts ago for his Demonologist) I wanted to be swept up and riveted by the book. The back cover made me hopeful. The early chapters even more so. But, like the Demonologist, the premise and the opening salvo left so much to be desired.

In reading the acknowledgements (aside: I *love* the acknowledgement
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