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Book Review: The Lost Girls – Sarah Painter ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Edinburgh student, Rose MacLeod, has been losing time for as long as she can remember. Days and weeks just disappear, leaving her with terrifying gaps in her memory. Now she is seeing disturbing visions; waking nightmares of violence and death. Around the world young women like her are being killed and Rose appears to have a ringside seat.

Mal Fergusson was raised to hunt demons in the cities and mountains of Scotland. With his father dead and his brother in a coma, he no longer believes in the grand battle between good and evil. Instead, he scrapes a living as an investigator and occasional hitman for the supernatural Mafia of Edinburgh and tells himself that as long as he doesn’t kill humans, he isn’t truly lost. His increasing alcohol dependence tells another tale.

Tensions are rising in Scotland’s capital and Mal must capture Rose to keep his demonic boss sweet – but is he really willing to harm an innocent to do so? I’m a big fan of Sarah Painter and her supernatural themes but this one was just a step too far for me. The Lost Girls twists and turns and often leaves you wondering what exactly is going on. The confusing tale of Rose and her memory lapses does require you to pay quite a lot of attention – not exactly relaxing holiday reading. That said it is an interesting start to a new series and I look forward to seeing where this one goes.

Supplied by the author in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: Jan 20 2019. 334 pages.

Categories: 3.5 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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