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Review : The Lost Notebook by Louise Douglas

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book cover for The Lost Notebook by Louise Douglas.  A view from a garden towards a house and the sea.  In the garden is the back wheel of a bicycle with 3 notebooks
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09XGV881Z
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Boldwood Books (5 Sept. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1187 KB

A notebook full of secrets, two untimely deaths – something sinister is stirring in the perfect seaside town of Morranez…

It’s summer and holidaymakers are flocking to the idyllic Brittany coast. But when first an old traveller woman dies in suspicious circumstances, and then a campaign of hate seemingly drives another victim to take his own life, events take a very dark turn.

Mila Shepherd has come to France to look after her niece, Ani, following the accident in which both Ani’s parents were lost at sea. Mila has moved into their family holiday home, as well as taken her sister Sophie’s place in an agency which specialises in tracking down missing people, until new recruit Carter Jackson starts.

It’s clear that malevolent forces are at work in Morranez, but the local police are choosing to look the other way. Only Mila and Carter can uncover the truth about what’s really going on in this beautiful, but mysterious place before anyone else suffers. But someone is desperate to protect a terrible truth, at any cost…

Book Review

The Lost Notebook is brilliant. 

I usually try to guess a resolution but even though the mystery is the reason for the story, I enjoyed it so much it just evolved naturally (if that makes sense!)

Mila is a complex character.  She’s independent and not afraid to tackle things head on when she needs to.  She doesn’t need a man to feel complete.  And yet, she’s always thinking ahead to problems that might happen, controlling every single thing.  It has to be said, her fears stifle spontaneity and joy.   

I wasn’t sure whether this was as a result of her sister Sophie’s death or because she’d always been in Sophie’s shadow and had to be the responsible one.

She’s in limbo having left her life behind in Bristol (almost a year ago) to step into looking after Ani.  As it’s only temporary, she tries to hold back her emotions and not get involved with the people or the life in Morannez.  I loved seeing the changes in her and Ani.

Loved the setting too.  Louise Douglas’ descriptive writing makes these scenes come alive.  So easy to feel as if you’re there with Mila.

The mystery draws you in with suggestions which are shadowy and nebulous.  Did that happen?  Is Mila’s mind playing tricks?  Love how unreliable this is 🙂  I was so intrigued by Gozia and Carter.

The Lost Notebook is more than the mystery.  It’s realistic in portraying how a family adjusts, adapts and copes after the loss of a close family member.   

The story ended just how I was hoping, although not everything is tied up nicely.  There are still a couple of things to ponder on …

Highly recommended.

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Louise Douglas is the bestselling and brilliantly reviewed author and an RNA award winner. The Secrets Between Us was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. She lives in the West Country.

Twitter @LouiseDouglas3

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