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Blog Tour: The Lost Notebook – Louise Douglas

A notebook full of secrets, two untimely deaths – something sinister is stirring in the perfect seaside town of Morranez…
It’s summer and holidaymakers are flocking to the idyllic Brittany coast. But when first an old traveller woman dies in suspicious circumstances, and then a campaign of hate seemingly drives
another victim to take his own life, events take a very dark turn.
Mila Shepherd has come to France to look after her niece, Ani, following the accident in which both Ani’s parents were lost at sea. Mila has moved into their family holiday home, as well as taken her
sister Sophie’s place in an agency which specialises in tracking down missing people, until new recruit Carter Jackson starts.
It’s clear that malevolent forces are at work in Morranez, but the local police are choosing to look the other way. Only Mila and Carter can uncover the truth about what’s really going on in this beautiful, but mysterious place before anyone else suffers. But someone is desperate to protect a terrible truth, at any cost…

Louise Douglas is the bestselling and brilliantly reviewed author and an RNA award winner. The Secrets Between Us was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. She lives in the West Country.

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My thoughts: this was really good, I think there needs to be a whole series with Mila solving crimes the police aren’t bothered with. She not only finds a murderer, she solves a serious historic crime with far reaching consequences. And all without taking her eye off the ball with regards to her niece Ani, who’s mourning her parents, lost at sea.

Mila also has to deal with her flamboyant stepmother, the new recruit at the family PI firm, a missing professor, a long distance relationship with her police officer boyfriend in Bristol and the loss of her sister – whose voice she can’t stop hearing.

She’s a very resilient and strong woman, she’s looking after her family even when she’s not sure she’s doing it right. Being back in the French village she spent time in as a teenager is dragging up memories she thought buried and the close proximity of former crush Carter Jackson isn’t helping matters.

Solving the horrible murder of an old woman living in a converted horse truck, who was carrying out her own very personal quest, is just one of the things she feels she has to do, especially as the police don’t seem to care. But the deceased woman is much more interesting than she appears and Mila is carrying on her legacy by piecing things together.

This is a really enjoyable, moving and rather striking book. It seems fairly simple a story to begin with but there are layers and clever little plot twists aplenty.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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