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April 2019 Fiction: Mystery & Detective, Thrillers

The Missing Years
By (author): Lexie Elliott
9780399586958 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Apr 23, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.19 x 9.27 x 1.27 in 384 pages Berkley
The French Girl captivated readers with a twisting tale of psychological suspense. Now author Lexie Elliott heads to the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, where a woman’s tangled family history comes back to haunt her…

An eerie, old Scottish manor in the middle of nowhere that’s now hers.

Ailsa Calder has inherited half of a house. The other half belongs to a man who disappeared without a trace twenty-seven years ago—her father.

Leaving London behind to settle the inheritance from her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home, nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, joined by the half-sister who’s almost a stranger to her.

Ailsa can’t escape the claustrophobic feeling that the house itself is watching her—as if her past hungers to consume her. She also can’t ignore how the neighborhood animals refuse to set one foot within the gates of the garden.

When the first nighttime intruder shows up, Ailsa fears that the manor’s careless rugged beauty could cost her everything.

Story Locale: Scottish Highlands

A GRIPPING VOICE: Lexie Elliott has crafted another fast-paced, smart, engrossing thriller that keeps you reaching for the next page

ATMOSPHERIC SETTING: The Missing Years is set in the Scottish Highlands, where the Scottish-born author was raised

FANTASTIC PRAISE FOR THE FRENCH GIRL: Lexie’s first novel has garnered outstanding praise from celebrated authors like New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda and received rave trade reviews from Booklist and Library Journal (starred review)

STRONG START FOR THE FRENCH GIRL: Lexie’s debut hardcover had an incredibly strong initial printing of 42,000 copies and has been featured in The New York Post, as well as being named a “Best Book of the Month” by Cosmopolitan and

COORDINATED PUBLICATION:The Missing Years is Lexie’s second novel, following the trade paperback reprint of The French Girl in 3/19

NATIONAL BUZZ: Her first book was a Cosmopolitan and Best Book of the Month and one of PureWow’s 20 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

Lexie Elliott grew up in Scotland, at the foot of the Highlands. She graduated from Oxford University, where she obtained a doctorate in theoretical physics. A keen sportswoman, she works in fund management in London, where she lives with her husband and two sons. The rest of her time is spent writing, or thinking about writing, and juggling family life and sport.

Author Residence: London, England

Author Hometown: Dunblane, Scotland

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Praise for The Missing Years

“Elliott follows up her well-reviewed debut, The French Girl, with an equally atmospheric novel that keeps the reader intrigued and off-balance all the way through.”—Booklist

Praise for The French Girl

The French Girl commands attention. The author provides the perfect dose of character development before unveiling eerie details from her cast’s past, ensuring that we’re properly unnerved when their lives begin to unravel.”—The Associated Press

“You shouldn’t have any trouble picking up Lexie Elliott’s debut novel, The French Girl. It comes with a warning, though, because you will definitely have trouble putting it down.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“The shifting dynamics within the group will keep the reader guessing until the end. First novelist Elliott has done a phenomenal job of combining a whodunit with a Big Chill vibe.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A gripping mystery that delves into the past and the darker side of friendships, this book will have you questioning everything you think you know. The French Girl is a fantastic debut about tangled relationships, shifting perceptions, and the memories—and people—that haunt us. I was completely captivated from beginning to end.”—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Stranger

“Scottish debut novelist Elliott, who holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford, launches a fiction-writing career with a smart, suspenseful thriller.”—Booklist

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