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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,704 ratings  ·  587 reviews
An eerie, old Scottish manor in the middle of nowhere that’s now hers.

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

Leaving London behind to settle the inheritance from her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home, nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Hig
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Berkley
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Lala BooksandLala
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
This had my dream ratio of “is this or is this not paranormal?”
A Scottish manor with a sordid history- animals won’t go near it, and unexplained things keep happening within its walls.
It was really set up for me to love- an isolated mystery, set in a small town, with a creepy house to boot? Hell yes.

What I loved about it:

The pacing of the reveals was perfect- we know from the jump that her mom is dead and dad has been missing for decades, and the rest of the family (and manor’s) history slowly u
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A delightful tale of suspense, The Missing Years has all the dark twists and turns I crave in my Adult Thrillers!

After Ailsa Calder's mother passes away, Ailsa inherits her childhood home; a manse in the Scottish Highlands. Well, technically speaking, she inherits half of it.

She is told by the Estate Agent, that the other half is owned by Ailsa's father, a man who went missing 27-years ago.

Great mystery surrounds the circumstances of his disappearance, all the better for the Reader
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars.

An eerie, haunting and deeply atmospheric mystery.

When Ailsa’s mother passes away, she inherits half of an old Scottish manor house, known as the Manse, set deep in the countryside. Ailsa has deep buried memories of living in this home as a young child. These fuzzy recollections surface randomly, keeping her connected and curious about her family history hidden within the walls of the house.

This was a slow burn mystery that kept me on edge with wonder of how things would all work out
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
2.75/3 stars

Ailsa Calder has inherited an old Scottish manor (the Manse) from her Mother's estate. Sounds good, right? Except that it is in the middle of nowhere and she only owns half the house, the other half is owned by her father who has been missing for twenty-seven years. She comes to the Scottish Highlands with her younger sister, who feels like stranger to her in hopes of settling her inheritance.

She remembers being at the Manse in the past. She feels as if the house is watching her. She
Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
3-3.5 stars on this one. Review to come!

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Ailsa just inherited a house. Well, more like half a house. The other half belongs to her estranged father who’s been missing for years. Unfortunately, Ailsa is prevented from selling the home until dear ole’daddy is found and hopefully agrees to the deal. With no other options, Ailsa quickly moves in with her half-sister, Carrie.

The town is a flurry of second-guessing and rumors! So many theories on what happened to her father, and everyone has their own opinion. Is her home haunted? And wh
Creepy. Atmospheric. Haunting.

Lexie Elliot Will completely transport you to this Erie Scottish house with her descriptive writing. I could feel the cold and contempt seeping from the house. The house has a life of its own and is probably the most dynamic character in the book. This is a slow burner that combines mystery, suspense, and magical realism.

Ailsa inherits a house, well half a house. The other half belongs to her father who she has not seen for over 20 years. Unable to sell the hous
Holly  B
I had really high hopes for this novel. The premise of an eerie, creepy and old Scottish mansion sounds like my cup of tea, however, I found the story to be too much of a slow burn for me. Some may find the slower unfolding a plus.

After a quite intriguing and suspenseful beginning, the story seemed to stall at points and I found myself getting distracted. There were moments of suspense that kept me hopeful that the tension would pick up and the characters would pull me in. I just couldn't get in
Susanne  Strong
3.5 Stars* (rounded down)

Strange things are afoot at the Manse. Does evil lurk? Ailsa Calder doesn’t know.

Dark, Atmospheric and Unsettling! Turn the first page and the hair on the back of your neck will immediately stand up.

Ailsa Calder and her half sister Carrie reluctantly return to the Manse, in the Highlands of Scotland, after losing their mom. Ailsa now owns half of it - the other half belonging to her dad, who has been missing for the last twenty seven years. If only it felt like home.

really enjoyed reading Lexie Elliott’s first novel, The French Girl, last year but I will tell you now that The Missing Years eclipses her first and has landed its way onto my favorite’s list! The Missing Years crosses genres from suspense, mystery, a touch of romance to a fair amount of magical realism and she marries these together seamlessly. It has an essence of a ghost story while keeping the reader firmly planted in the here and now and much of what one suspects as s
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars

A missing father, an inherited old Scottish manor with rumors of it being haunted, the daughter trying to escape from the feeling of it watching her.

The Missings Years is an easy atmospheric read here with the setting of an old Scottish manor called the Manse that I thought should have felt more creepier and eerier with the secrets it keeps. I had some mixed feelings here and I began to wonder if maybe I have become a predictable reader expecting stories to feel a certain way. Here in
5 strong stars!!!

Lexie Elliott really has become an auto-read author for me, especially after loving The French Girl last year. Elliott has developed a talent for good slow-building suspense novels, without it ever dipping it's toes in the slow-burn category. Elliott has finessed this talent even further in her amazing sophomore novel, The Missing Years . While others are worried about the "sophomore slump", The Missing Years takes what did well in Elliott's debut, and makes it strong
In The Missing Years, Ailsa Calder inherits her mother's half of an old Scottish manse, while it is also half owned by her father, who went missing twenty seven years ago. Ailsa moves into the manse with her much younger half sister Carrie, hoping that she can develop a better relationship with Carrie, after spending years away at college and then working on her career. Both women are hesitant around each other as they deal with their feelings about their late mother and whether they can really ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LOVED Lexie Elliott’s debut, The French Girl, and could not wait for her latest release, The Missing Years, which is available now! Both books have creepy, atmospheric vibes. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Ailsa inherits half a house, the Manse, from her mother’s estate in Scotland. The other half belongs to her father who disappeared over twenty-seven years ago.

Ailsa returns to her childhood home amongst the glorious Scottish Highlands. Her estranged half-sister, Carrie, meets her there. Ailsa cannot sell the
Diana | Book of Secrets
Ailsa Calder has just inherited half of her childhood home, an estate known as the Manse in Scotland. The other half is owned by her father who has been missing for over 25 years. Legally she can't do anything with the property until her father is found, except live there, which is what she decides to do.

THE MISSING YEARS is a quiet suspense novel. Ailsa's return to the Manse isn't celebrated by all she comes in contact with, and odd occurrences keep happening in and around the house. The heart
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

The Missing Years is my first time reading anything by Lexie Elliott, and I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this slow-burning novel.

What it's about: Ailsa Calder has returned home to The Manse after her mother dies. But she has only technically inherited half of the house, as her mom left the other half in the name of Ailsa's dad who just so happens to have been missing for the past twenty seven years. Ailsa decides to stay there, leaving her boyfriend and home behi
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
I have been waiting to read The Missing Years literally from the second I heard it was coming out. I loved The French Girl and I couldn't wait to read Lexie Elliot's next one. So imagine how excited I was to get my hands on this advanced copy!

This creepy mysterious story revolves around Ailsa Calder and her grand but perhaps haunted Scottish manor that she inherited. The manor which is referred to as The Manse has been left to Ailsa and her father Martin Calder. The problem is Martin has not be
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick read, just over 300 pages. I felt the pace of this book was very slow, I liked the idea of the book, Erie setting, creepy house, lots of family drama and of course the mystery of Martin being missing for 27 years....

There was suspense at time, but it is a slow burn. It fell a bit short for me unfortunately, if you enjoy a slow burn, you will be rewarded with twists and turns and an enjoyable read...

I received this book as an ARC, thanks to Edelweiss for this copy in exchange for my honest
Julie (JuJu)
Short summary:
An enjoyably eerie mystery set in the Scottish Highlands, with unique and interesting characters!

My thoughts:
It took me a few chapters to get into this book. But after that, I really enjoy it!

We read about an inherited Scottish Manor—known as the Manse—a father who disappeared from a small town of close-knit residents and A LOT of secrets and strange incidents...prepare yourself for a creepy ghost story! I loved all the speculation about what could have happened to the father.

Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Creepy, twisted and so unique.
This book was a combination of so many different feelings. I was expecting a a suspense thriller, but this book is so much more.

The Missing Years is a creepy story that sneaks up on you.

Have you ever been in an old house that creaks and groans? Or you have the feeling something or someone is watching you and you constantly find yourself looking over your shoulder, waiting for something to pop out, and making your heart pound?

That is just
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Ailsa Calder has returned to her childhood home in Scotland after her mother's death. She is currently living in London with a job as a successful news producer. Her mother has left her half of the house while the other half still belongs to her father, who has been missing for twenty- seven years. Ailsa has not visited for many years and plans to return to London as soon as possible.

Ailsa’s goal is to sell the home but she is lacking her father’s current location or a death certificate. His di
Frank Phillips
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars for me here!! A wonderful slow-burn creepy mystery! Definitely enjoyed it more than the French Girl. I loved pretty much everything about the book; I loved the pacing, even though it was a little slower, the characters, the intrigue of the creepy 'manse,' the supernatural element to it (or was there?!?), the possibility of mental illness and therefore an unreliable narrator, the whole atmosphere really worked for me. This one reminded me a little bit of Ruth Ware's The Death of Mrs. W ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, bit disappointing for me.

2.75/3 stars for me on this one. Review to come.

Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it are telling me that only half of this house is mine and I can’t sell it until we find my father who disappeared twenty-seven years ago?

The only other choice Ailsa Calder had was to occupy the house which held memories both good and bad.

She finds out there are more bad associations with the house than good.

The neighbors have been freely roaming in it, and the town’s residents have nothing good to say about her father who disappeared with diamonds.

Along with all the trouble with the res
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 reme
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
The Missing Years is an atmospheric read from the very first almost tense chapter. With the manse, the very house, taking on a personality of its own.

It is no secret that this genre is one of my favorites and even though I knew the genre I was getting into when I started this story, I was expecting all the other stuff I would be getting as well.

This story was...a bit creepy in a really good way. The house its self really does take on a personality all its own and I really enjoyed being drawn i
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
3.5 stars

This is my second Elliott book. I had to take a look at my review for the last book of hers that I read, The French Girl, and it seems I have the same feelings with this book as I did with that. "I will say that maybe this is made for a slower pace. Those that like the accelerated pacing with hanging chapters and a quick flip may not be prone to this. I usually am not too much of a fan of a slower paced book. HOWEVER, this one still kept me intrigued. I was happy to go with Alisa on thi
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Beginning with the terrifically gothic premise, The Missing Years is an easy book to like. Ailsa Calder, a young woman living in London, finds herself inheriting half of an old Scottish manor when her mother dies. Though she initially wants nothing to do with it, she’s unable to sell it unless the joint owner agrees; the problem being that the other half belongs to her father, who disappeared without a trace twenty-seven years ago. So Ailsa moves into the manor with her half-sister, and from the ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Is there anything more compelling than a mystery featuring an old spooky mansion in the country? Few settings are as irresistible for me, and of course I added this book to my TBR list immediately when I heard that one of the starring role went to an old deserted manor house in rural Scotland.

Picture this: you have just found out that you have inherited The Manse, an old stately manor house in the country where you spent a few of your early childhood years. The place where your father went missi
Jeanne Adamek
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/4 stars
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Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it more seriously after she lost her banking job in 2009 due to the Global Financial Crisis. After some success in short story competitions, she began planning a novel. With two kids and a (new) job, it took some time for that novel to move from her head to the page, but the result was "The French Girl", whic ...more

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