From Emily Gunnis, the author of the runaway bestseller The Girl in the Letter, comes The Lost Child, a heartwrenching, twisting novel of betrayal, tragedy and a shocking family secret buried for decades.
1961. Thirteen-year-old Rebecca and her mother Harriet live in fear of Rebecca’s father’s violent temper. As a storm batters Seaview Cottage one night, Rebecca hears a visitor at the door and an argument ensues. By the time the police arrive, the visitor has fled, Harriet is dead and her father has shot himself in an apparent murder-suicide. No one believes Rebecca’s story that she heard a stranger downstairs and the case is closed.
2012. When a new mother, Jessie, goes on the run with her desperately ill baby, Iris, a journalist at The Times, is sent on the story. The trail leads Iris to Seaview Cottage. Rebecca, a soon-to-be-retired paediatric surgeon, has never spoken of that dreadful night with her daughter Iris, but Iris discovers that to find Jessie before it is too late, she must unlock her mother’s past, and unearth a devastating secret that will change everything she thought she knew about her family.