The Lost Hours
The Lost Hours by Karen White.
Paperback: 343 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade;(April 7, 2009)
When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.
Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1939 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1930s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.
I am on a good roll with good books!
I was a little leery when I began this book but only because I am so used to all my “mystery” type books taking place in England and this one takes place in Georgia. (USA).
But I just love mysteries where they concern the background of families. And this one is quite good. Some things you sorta figure out but the most unexpected secrets hold out for the end and even if you think you know it… you don’t!
I liked this book. It had plenty of secrets to discover and the characters are written really well so that you get to feel as if you really know them as the chapters go on. There’s also a few tragedies tossed in to be sure to keep you guessing.
If you have an interest in finding out the secrets that people can keep you will enjoy this book. As an aside I will say the whole book had a very “family” feel which makes you think of your own family and maybe ..what don’t you know about parts of your family? Boy I’d love to be able to unlock the secrets of my family since I know nothing but my mother and don’t even know her real parents nor my fathers. This book will make you start wondering that’s for sure!