The Missing Years
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 her mother's estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, accompanied...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A delightful tale of suspense with surprising twists along the way!
After Ailsa Calder's mother dies, she inherits the Manse in the Scottish Highlands in which she grew up. Well, half of it anyway.
She is told by the estate agent, that the other half is owned by her father, a man who went missing 27-years ago.
The real kicker, although Ailsa wants nothing more than to sell the property, having no desire to leave her life in London behind, she can't.
In order to do so, she will have to ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 stronger.
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 home ...more
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 behind in ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ailsa’s goal is to sell the home but she is lacking her father’s current location or a death certificate. His ...more
An enjoyably eerie mystery set in the Scottish Highlands, with unique and interesting characters!
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more