The Missing Years
Book Review - The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
I was first introduced to Lexie Elliott when I read and reviewed her first book, The French Girl. I was pretty excited to hear that Lexie had another book out since I really enjoyed her first novel. I was quick to request a copy when her publicist reached out to me. At the end of The Missing Years, in the Acknowledgements section, Lexie discusses the differences between writing a first book and her second - most notably the addition of deadlines. But I was struck by how different the two books were, while maintaining enough similarities that fans of her first novel will definitely enjoy this one, too.
The Missing Years is about a girl named Ailsa Calder, who inherits her childhood home which is partially owned by her father, who has been missing for the past twenty seven years. She must return to the small town to file a presumption of death for her father so that she can sell the property. While she’s there, she is reunited with some of her parents’ old friends, her former neighbors, and a town full of people who’ve developed their own theories around the mysterious disappearance of her father.
The last book I read was pitched as a thriller, but had none of the trademark characteristics of a thriller. The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott had no such problem. It was packed full of mystery, suspense, twists, and heart-racing action. There was even a touch of mystical realism, which isn’t really my cup of tea, but it didn’t lean so far into that genre to turn me off. There was just a taste of it to make the plot a touch more interesting. The antagonist was a surprise - kinda came out of the blue for me and at first I thought the character did a complete 180. Looking back, however, I can see there were some clues. Overall a very enjoyable read that will certainly fulfill your craving for a page-turning thriller.