May 08, 2019

The Lost Girls by Heather Young | Dollarstore Book Reviews

Before I get into the review, I wanted to announce the beginning of a new series on my blog!
The Dollarstore Book Reviews! I love reading but often go long periods without reading because honestly, as were now a single income family, I just don't always have that extra $20 or so to throw on a new book. And after becoming terrified of buying secondhand books from thrift stores because of bedbugs (literally found a bug in a book once) I had very little options to read new books.

Until now that is.

I've recently discovered that my local dollarstore carries books. Like, actual decent books.

The first book I decided to pick up was The Lost Girls. Cover price was $31.99 CDN and I bought it for only $4!! Talk about a steal. So, without any further ado, here is my first review in my new DBR Series. Enjoy :)

Author: Heather Young
Publication Date: July 26th, 2016
Pages: 341
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Synopsis- In the summer of 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys her mother, who spends the rest of her life at the lake house, hoping in vain that her favorite daughter will walk out of the woods. Emily’s two older sisters stay, too, each keeping her own private, decades-long vigil for the lost child. 

Sixty years later Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before she dies, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person to whom it might matter: her grandniece, Justine. 

For Justine, the lake house offers a chance to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the stable home she never had. But it’s not the sanctuary she hoped for. The long Minnesota winter has begun. The house is cold and dilapidated, the frozen lake is silent and forbidding, and her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more than he’s telling about the summer of 1935.

Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her mother arrives with designs on her inheritance, and the man she left behind launches a dangerous plan to get her back. In a house steeped in the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.

My Thoughts- I loved the story. I'm going to start right off the bat with the fact that I give it a 5 star rating. I loved how each chapter alternated between Lucy's story and Justine's. I think that's what kept me enthralled throughout the entire thing. I couldn't wait to get back to each of their stories. Although I'll admit I was much more interested in Lucy's story, since that's where the mystery led. 
Lucy was my favourite character even though I did grow annoyed at times at how she always seemed to cower around/follow her older sister Lilith but as the story goes on you start to understand why she does so. 
It was also quite interesting reading Lucy's story because it gives you a little insight on how life was growing up in the 30s.
I know I've been talking mostly about Lucy's story but Justine's is just as interesting to read! A mother trying to do what's best for her and her daughters.

The thing that sticks out to me the most about The Lost Girls is how badly I felt for Emily. Sure, the synopsis describes her as being the "favourite" daughter but you realize that really isn't the case and my heart ached for her throughout the entire story.

If you manage to come across a copy of this novel I definitely recommend it! It was a beautiful story and wonderfully written. A real page turner.


  1. I very rarely read mysteries even though I love the genre - this sounds intriguing so I'll have to keep my eye open for it in my local bookstores! Looking forward to reading more book related posts <3 x

    Samantha Frances

    1. It's definitely worth the read! I hope you end up finding it :)