Lost Among the Living

Lost Among the Living

Book - 2016
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"England, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex's wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to the family's estate in the Sussex countryside. But there is much she never knew about her husband's origins...and the revelation of a mysterious death in the Forsyths' past is just the beginning... All is not well at Wych Elm House. Dottie's husband is distant, and her son was grievously injured in the war. Footsteps follow Jo down empty halls, and items in her bedroom are eerily rearranged. The locals say the family is cursed, and that a ghost in the woods has never rested. And when Jo discovers her husband's darkest secrets, she wonders if she ever really knew him. Isolated in a place of deception and grief, she must find the truth or lose herself forever. And then a familiar stranger arrives at Wych Elm House... "--
Publisher: New York, New York : New American Library, [2016]
ISBN: 9780451476197
Branch Call Number: STJA
Characteristics: 337 pages


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Mar 31, 2020

I liked the atmosphere and the setting. A house called Wych Elm goes straight to my heart. I loved the heroine. She was independent, intelligent, hard-working, and determined. It's rare for me to read about a woman who has to fend for herself without money or a man. There was an interesting ghost story with some truly eerie moments that creeped me out. While the villain in the story was predictable, I still look forward to reading more by this author.

The one element that knocked this down for me in rating was the character of the husband. The author's decision about how to resolve his death was completely out of the blue and I just didn't buy it. It was jarring and, even though I liked him as a character, nothing to do with him in the second half of the book made much sense to me. Too bad as it was really the only element that I didn't like.

Nov 03, 2017

I found this book to be really intriguing. It deals a little bit with ghosts but it is not spooky. The story takes place after WW1 and is about the widow of a soldier. She becomes a companion for a member of her husbands family and becomes entangled in family secrets. If you're looking for something a little bit different, I would recommend this book.

Aug 03, 2017

Would have been enjoyable even without the supernatural angle (which in a way is a little too much.) Jo is an intelligent heroine -- one who doesn't keep things to herself and then later live to regret it. Characters are for the most part well fleshed out and stay true to their nature.

Jul 16, 2017

When I ordered this book, I thought I was ordering a romance. Then, as I read through it awhile, I assumed it was a mystery. Truth be known, I don't know how you would classify this book, except "far-fetched".
I did not enjoy it.

Aug 22, 2016

Just delightful. A bit spooky, with a ghost, but not haunting.
The truth will out! A bit mystery, a bit spy novel, and just a good plain story. More and more I appreciate these stories from between the wars, including the glorious 1920's and difficult 1930's.

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