Title: Lost Amongst the Living
Author: Simone St. James
Genre(s): fiction, historical fiction, historical romance,
Part of a Series: No
Why I read it: It was my first book with Once Upon a Book
Summary: After losing her husband in the First World War,
Jo Manders becomes a traveling companion to his aunt. She travels around Europe
as the woman buy art to sell back home in England. When they return to the
family home, Jo learns about the death of her husband Alex’s young cousin. Jo
believes she’s being haunted by the girl’s ghost and is determined to solve her
murder—just as someone returns home.
Review: I could not ask for a better book to start my
Once Upon a Book Club experience. Let me just explain it a bit for those who are
not familiar with it. Once a month, I get a box delivered from the book club.
Inside it the book for the month and there are several wrapped gifts, each
marked with a specific page. There are instructions reminding you not to open
the present until you reach that particular page, because the gifts correspond
to something happening in the story. A card with a quote from the book is
included and then on the back are discussion questions for a set date on
Okay, back to the book…
“Lost Amongst the Living” absolutely captivated me. It
drew me into Jo’s world, which was bleak as any horror movie I’ve seen glimpses
of. (I’m not one for scary movies). St. James really painted a picture of the
dreary English countryside and the creepy house Jo finds herself living in now.
She also is able to hold the eerie feeling of mystery throughout the book as
well. I was always on the edge of my seat, wondering what was coming next.
St. James also jumps in time as well and the changes
were a bit jarring at first but I got used to it. She gives us glimpses into
Jo’s relationship with her husband, Alex, who is a mystery in and of himself.
They have a whirlwind romance and it’s clear she loves him. His feelings are a
bit more complicated and only become so as the story goes on.
I’ll admit it’s a bit difficult to write a review because
there is a big twist that I don’t want to spoil, so I’m dancing around a lot.
Suffice it to say, it is a very good twist and brings with it another mystery
for Jo to solve on top of the one she’s already trying to solve. St. James
really builds her mysteries and keeps the reader enthralled.
Bottom line: A good mystery that will leave the reader
guessing the entire time.
Sex: Mentions, nothing graphic.
Do you believe in ghosts?