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An alternate cover edition can be found here and here and here. When troubled young teacher Emily Swanson moves to London, she is determined to escape her tragic past. But when she learns that the former tenant of her new apartment is missing, her dreams of a new beginning quickly become a living nightmare. Neighbours say the woman ran away from her violent and abusive husba An alternate cover edition can be found here and here and here. When troubled young teacher Emily Swanson moves to London, she is determined to escape her tragic past. But when she learns that the former tenant of her new apartment is missing, her dreams of a new beginning quickly become a living nightmare. Neighbours say the woman ran away from her violent and abusive husband, but as Emily begins to ask questions she discovers evidence that points to a more sinister fate. Curiosity turns into dangerous obsession as Emily is drawn into a chilling world where sanity and reality hang in the balance—and where the horrifying truth lies in wait. To find the missing woman, Emily must risk her mind—and her life—but can she confront the ghosts of her past before she is lost forever? More from the Emily Swanson series: 1.LOST LIVES 2.CRUEL MINDS 3.COLD HEARTS 4.BLOODY HANDS (Coming early 2017)


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An alternate cover edition can be found here and here and here. When troubled young teacher Emily Swanson moves to London, she is determined to escape her tragic past. But when she learns that the former tenant of her new apartment is missing, her dreams of a new beginning quickly become a living nightmare. Neighbours say the woman ran away from her violent and abusive husba An alternate cover edition can be found here and here and here. When troubled young teacher Emily Swanson moves to London, she is determined to escape her tragic past. But when she learns that the former tenant of her new apartment is missing, her dreams of a new beginning quickly become a living nightmare. Neighbours say the woman ran away from her violent and abusive husband, but as Emily begins to ask questions she discovers evidence that points to a more sinister fate. Curiosity turns into dangerous obsession as Emily is drawn into a chilling world where sanity and reality hang in the balance—and where the horrifying truth lies in wait. To find the missing woman, Emily must risk her mind—and her life—but can she confront the ghosts of her past before she is lost forever? More from the Emily Swanson series: 1.LOST LIVES 2.CRUEL MINDS 3.COLD HEARTS 4.BLOODY HANDS (Coming early 2017)

30 review for Lost Lives

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Strange is the first word that comes to mind about this book... that being said I feel like I must read another about Emily to see what happens next in her insane life.... This novel was about Emily, a young woman with a bit of a tortured past who moves to London into an apartment. The prior couple who lived in the same apartment have moved on until Emily finds out that the woman is missing. She makes fast friends with a man and older woman and begins to track down what happened to the mystery wo Strange is the first word that comes to mind about this book... that being said I feel like I must read another about Emily to see what happens next in her insane life.... This novel was about Emily, a young woman with a bit of a tortured past who moves to London into an apartment. The prior couple who lived in the same apartment have moved on until Emily finds out that the woman is missing. She makes fast friends with a man and older woman and begins to track down what happened to the mystery woman who shared the same apartment. However as Emily peels the layers from Alina's disappearance she becomes involved with a plot so sickening and mind boggling that she puts her life on the line to figure the mystery out. I gave this a 3.5... it started so damn slow but then picked up. I felt as if the second half was written for an entirely different book as if the author had written two stories and threw them together for one novel. I do want to read the next one to see what Emily does.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    This started really well and I was enjoying it. Then I came upon part 2 and it descended into fantasy !! Like a totally different story and one I had no interest in so I packed it in at 58%. It had just got too unbelievable for me. There were quite a few mistakes as well. He mentions a room of 4 windows and then tells us she pressed her face against the glass of the centre one !! He's also annoyingly chosen to go with American spelling-license, ass and realization as examples. He also says "dress This started really well and I was enjoying it. Then I came upon part 2 and it descended into fantasy !! Like a totally different story and one I had no interest in so I packed it in at 58%. It had just got too unbelievable for me. There were quite a few mistakes as well. He mentions a room of 4 windows and then tells us she pressed her face against the glass of the centre one !! He's also annoyingly chosen to go with American spelling-license, ass and realization as examples. He also says "dressed into cotton pyjamas" which really should be changed, used void and not devoid, taught and not taut (!!) I had no idea what the headline "How about you"meant at all........perpetrated was used where it shouldn't be as that line made no sense to me, either, used bunkering and not hunkering, one minute her door buzzes then we hear no more about who was there....and around the same time that happened it headed off into Neverland and I'd seen enough. Emily, the heroine of the story I found I was irritated by, with all her counting and anxiety. I just want to shake characters like that.....she wakes up, takes her meds and reads self-help books till noon, for goodness' sake. I liked Jerome a great deal, though. I will be skipping anymore of this series, though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Something got lost" A psychological thriller with a fairly predictable outcome. This was probably very well written and ascribed to all the rules that 'creative writing' imposes. The annoying thing for me was that it was too clever. The writer took ANY chance to use a descriptive passage that read 'such and such...like a..'. followed by a comparison to something totally 'off the wall'. There were too many examples to choose from. Clever it may be, but it didn't add a thing to the story in my opi "Something got lost" A psychological thriller with a fairly predictable outcome. This was probably very well written and ascribed to all the rules that 'creative writing' imposes. The annoying thing for me was that it was too clever. The writer took ANY chance to use a descriptive passage that read 'such and such...like a..'. followed by a comparison to something totally 'off the wall'. There were too many examples to choose from. Clever it may be, but it didn't add a thing to the story in my opinion. Just get on with it and tell the story - let me paint the pictures. No two readers will see the same image from a writer's words. For me half the fun of reading is doing my own 'colouring-in'.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine Elkins

    . It's an okay story. Not exactly what I expected. And I'm glad it was free to download. I don't think I will read anymore in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    Fairly well written, but unfortunately I had a hard time getting past how the main character gets involved in this investigation. It made no sense to me and ruined my reading experience. If you can ignore the fact that this former teacher with no prior investigative experience decides to play Nancy Drew for a possibly missing person that she has absolutely no connection with, then you may enjoy the book more than I did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book started out strong and ended... well... rather weak. I wouldnt recommend it

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    When Emily Swanson, seeking a new start, moves into a new apartment in a new city and feels compelled to follow-up on the disappearance of one of the former tenants she finds a herself in a situation more complex and dangerous than she ever thought possible. Another tenant, Jerome, wants to help her but Emily's reticence about her past causes him to keep his distance and she is left on her own with frightening, life threatening results as she investigates patients and staff missing from medical When Emily Swanson, seeking a new start, moves into a new apartment in a new city and feels compelled to follow-up on the disappearance of one of the former tenants she finds a herself in a situation more complex and dangerous than she ever thought possible. Another tenant, Jerome, wants to help her but Emily's reticence about her past causes him to keep his distance and she is left on her own with frightening, life threatening results as she investigates patients and staff missing from medical facilities run by two doctors who gain control over Emily and her future. Initially I was going to give this book two stars because I thought that the plot line was too melodramatic but with the knowledge that the medically questionable deep sleep therapy described in the book actually exists and has resulted in the death of several patients, my assessment of the book changed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    Coming again with another worthy Free Friday from Nook. Curiosity of a missing former tenant quickly turns into obsession as a young woman's search for answers leads her across London and into a dark and dangerous world where the missing are not meant to be found. Her own sanity is called into question. There are some holes in the plot, a bit choppy in part, a somewhat abrupt end. But an easy, enjoyable read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was a mild entertaining book of a young woman with some vague secret it takes half the book to discover. Her search for the woman in a painting left in her apartment is the focus. It lends itself to a nice mystery and spooky hospitals and doctors and some reference to past sleep therapies.Her side kick is her gay male neighbor so we are spared a romantic lead character. Good. The book leads us to the next book (another serie$) and I assume the neighbor will be in that one also. Ive read fa This was a mild entertaining book of a young woman with some vague secret it takes half the book to discover. Her search for the woman in a painting left in her apartment is the focus. It lends itself to a nice mystery and spooky hospitals and doctors and some reference to past sleep therapies.Her side kick is her gay male neighbor so we are spared a romantic lead character. Good. The book leads us to the next book (another serie$) and I assume the neighbor will be in that one also. Ive read far worse and this was definitely ok.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    ** Warning Contains Triggers ** * If you suffer from a mental health illness and/or anxiety, and have had a negative experience of the mental healthcare system, then please read this book with care. * I was absolutely gutted after reading this novel and it's taken me some time to think, come back and leave a review. If anything, I feel it important that the author should put statements like I have above (** *) at the front of the book before people start reading. I was very lucky to receive from th ** Warning Contains Triggers ** * If you suffer from a mental health illness and/or anxiety, and have had a negative experience of the mental healthcare system, then please read this book with care. * I was absolutely gutted after reading this novel and it's taken me some time to think, come back and leave a review. If anything, I feel it important that the author should put statements like I have above (** *) at the front of the book before people start reading. I was very lucky to receive from the author a copy of the 4th book in this series, which is actually a prequel. I read that first and felt it provided a firm foundation for this book and understanding Emily's psyche and the reason why she acts the way she does. I'm not sure whether the copy of Lost Lives I received was updated, but unlike some previous reviews, I found the novel to be well written and constructed with a thrilling, passionate premise. It took no small stretch at all to understand why Emily, with her various mental illnesses, inserted herself into the mystery of finding out what happened to the previous tenant of her flat. I've found people with a mental illness to be gifted with an extraordinary amount of empathy and an unwillingness to let injustices go unnoticed and I feel this is what has driven Emily. As an Australian I am more than aware of the horrors inflicted upon those that were patients at Chelmsford (which inspired part of this story), even though it was before my time. I can also attest that as a person with Bipolar Disorder II, Major Depressive Disorder and a host of anxiety disorders, that horrors inflicted upon those in the mental health and drug rehabilitation system do still happen, albeit most of the time with pharmaceuticals. It is a stain that can never be wiped clean. The reason this book works so well with combining the initial mystery of the disappearance and the setting of a mental health institution is that the author totally GETS the whole situation and diagnoses of mental illness. His descriptions of Emma feeling panicked with anxiety, the desolation and apathy of her depression and the anger, frustration and helplessness of being a patient in the mental healthcare system ring so true. It is this insight, along with a thrilling mystery that makes this novel as good as it is. The author deserves massive kudos for a difficult topic handled so well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Moser

    This is a well written thriller that had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. The author does a great job developing the story and pulls you in with all the suspense and intrigue. It's an action packed story with tons of emotions and is brought to life with vividly painted scenes. The cast of supporting characters play a huge role in bringing the story around. Interesting story I enjoyed reading. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely This is a well written thriller that had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. The author does a great job developing the story and pulls you in with all the suspense and intrigue. It's an action packed story with tons of emotions and is brought to life with vividly painted scenes. The cast of supporting characters play a huge role in bringing the story around. Interesting story I enjoyed reading. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Georgie Logan

    I was fortunate enough to be given Lost Lives as a gift, and what a lovely gift to receive. Loved this book from the first page until the last.The story of Emily Swanson relocating to London and her investigation into the whereabouts of the former tenant of her new apartment was a briliant read. Loved it that Emily wasn't the perfect heroine and had flaws as well as a mysterious past.Then unlike a lot of us inquisitive women, where we let our imagination run away with us and leave it at that, Em I was fortunate enough to be given Lost Lives as a gift, and what a lovely gift to receive. Loved this book from the first page until the last.The story of Emily Swanson relocating to London and her investigation into the whereabouts of the former tenant of her new apartment was a briliant read. Loved it that Emily wasn't the perfect heroine and had flaws as well as a mysterious past.Then unlike a lot of us inquisitive women, where we let our imagination run away with us and leave it at that, Emily can't. Faced with danger and her past coming back to haunt her, Emily Swanson had me glued to the pages. Can't wait to read more from Malcolm Richards.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Redmon

    I really enjoyed until the end. I would have liked to seen a little more action in the climax rather than just being told what happened. Until then it kept me interested and I didn't want to put it down.

  14. 4 out of 5

    vmtrent

    A very good read. Twists & turns, unbelievably real. It could happen today to any one of us. Good suspense with a few unexpected turns. A very good read. A very good read. Twists & turns, unbelievably real. It could happen today to any one of us. Good suspense with a few unexpected turns. A very good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Walters

    Couldn't get into this one and gave up at 15%. Main character was a bit too wet for my liking.

  16. 4 out of 5

    C.A. Edwards

    This was a good start to a series in that the reader is able to learn about the protagonist and her personal struggle. It wasn't expecting a character, struggling with anxiety, to be out solving a missing person case. It is as much about the missing people as it is the internal struggle of Emily. Not only is she fighting against her anxiety, but also against her past. The author has done a good job setting up the series and I would be interested in seeing Emily continue to push through her anxie This was a good start to a series in that the reader is able to learn about the protagonist and her personal struggle. It wasn't expecting a character, struggling with anxiety, to be out solving a missing person case. It is as much about the missing people as it is the internal struggle of Emily. Not only is she fighting against her anxiety, but also against her past. The author has done a good job setting up the series and I would be interested in seeing Emily continue to push through her anxiety as she goes on to solve more crimes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    John R. Goyer

    This may be a great book and a good start to a trilogy. I'll never know - and I'm ok with that. After reading for an hour and getting 20% into the book, nothing has happened. Or at least nothing that has enough promise to keep me reading. There are hints of good stuff to come, but so far we just have a pretty unsympathetic woman living in a flat in London - she has a past that may or may not be interesting, and something foul has happened in the room she's let. We think... Simply not enough to k This may be a great book and a good start to a trilogy. I'll never know - and I'm ok with that. After reading for an hour and getting 20% into the book, nothing has happened. Or at least nothing that has enough promise to keep me reading. There are hints of good stuff to come, but so far we just have a pretty unsympathetic woman living in a flat in London - she has a past that may or may not be interesting, and something foul has happened in the room she's let. We think... Simply not enough to keep my attention or interest.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Meh. It was okay. Quick and easy read, it kept me engaged but it dragged through the first third of the book, spending a lot of time hinting at the details on Emily's "big secret" which didn't seem all that big when it was finally revealed. The author lost me completely with the ending and his not-so-subtle bashing of medical assistance in death, a very real and legal (in Canada, and many other countries) option for people dealing with a terminal illness. I did find the epilogue/"dear reader" se Meh. It was okay. Quick and easy read, it kept me engaged but it dragged through the first third of the book, spending a lot of time hinting at the details on Emily's "big secret" which didn't seem all that big when it was finally revealed. The author lost me completely with the ending and his not-so-subtle bashing of medical assistance in death, a very real and legal (in Canada, and many other countries) option for people dealing with a terminal illness. I did find the epilogue/"dear reader" section interesting, and the description of the factual basis of the novel's plot line.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Victor Nolasco

    Excellent Mystery And Story A cannot put down page turner. This story slowly unravels and keeps your interest in the character Emily Swanson. Complex, troubled, fearful, and dazed on medication. I was so drawn to her story that I wanted to know why life was a struggle for her. Than she finds a painting belonging to the previous occupant of her new apartment. This where the mystery starts and the story takes a sinister turn. Read it enjoy it and take a ride on this roller coaster. This is a well w Excellent Mystery And Story A cannot put down page turner. This story slowly unravels and keeps your interest in the character Emily Swanson. Complex, troubled, fearful, and dazed on medication. I was so drawn to her story that I wanted to know why life was a struggle for her. Than she finds a painting belonging to the previous occupant of her new apartment. This where the mystery starts and the story takes a sinister turn. Read it enjoy it and take a ride on this roller coaster. This is a well written book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Higham

    Chilling Quite an engrossing read that sounded a little far fetched, but the author's note at the end claims that such things had happened in the past. Emily is a fairly unlikely heroine, she can barely say boo to a goose. Her past is hinted at, but not disclosed until at least 60 percent of the book is over. However it seems that she has been made a scapegoat for a death to make small-minded people who did nothing feel better. Still I was cheering for her in the end.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I found this book through BookBub. Many of the books there are just a quick basic read so I was pleasantly surprised considering it was a completely different genre to my last read. Dark, and unsettling, in an unnameable manner but well written. The hints about Emily’s past definitely kept me interested until the second part of the novel until new things held my attention. Now what to read next?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jo Williams

    Slightly Slow to Ignite but Worth Sticking With I wasn’t sure about this book at first. The protagonist seemed to be a little pale and one dimensional however after a slightly slow burn to start with I began to enjoy the twists and turns. It’s also worth reading the author’s note at the end as i found it gave a greater depth to the narrative. I’d read another book by this author to see what Emily does next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Pj Forrest

    Not a favorite The book was well put together in the beginning but deteriorated into an unbelievable ending (it was too big a stretch to suspend your disbelief.) In the beginning I was very interested in the characters and curious about Emily’s past. But her past was hammered on so hard that by the time I found out her past I hardly cared. I think if the author stepped back and presented a believable plot as he did in the first of the book it would be a winner.

  24. 5 out of 5

    maria seilius

    I just loved the writing in this , beautifully written . This is definitely an enjoyable read and the next instalment is already on my wish list .The story moves along at a good pace and although it's fiction the author has done his research into the radical treatment used by some unscrupulous doctors decades ago , loved it .

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sonja P

    First time reading Malcolm Richards I enjoyed this book and we'll read more from this author. It started a little slow for me but about 1/2 way through it took off and I was completely hooked, rooting for the heroin to succeed in bringing down the bad guys and I want disappointed. Looking forward to reading this author again.

  26. 5 out of 5

    J Barkess

    Would not recommend Although I found parts of this quite gripping over all the story is totally unbelievable and the characters had no credibility at all. I would not read anything else by this writer, I did read the first chapter of his next book and is was simply a rehash of this one, avoid! ! !

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Brilliant Another page turning thriller from Malcolm Richards. Real, likeable characters. Emily Swanson moves into a unit in London after leaving her teaching position. Emily finds that the last occupier left all of her clothes in the apartment. This turn of events leads Emily asking questions and leading her down a very dangerous path. Highly recommend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    christine rees

    Compulsive reading This was a slow burner. I gradually got drawn in to the mystery as I read, by the end I felt that Emily was a friend. Great read. Look forward to the next Emily Swanson.

  29. 4 out of 5

    agbale grace

    Goodread Very well written...... Suspense....fascination.. I love it.....waiting to get the next book to read......Good job done..I hope your next books will be way more interesting as well

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Really kind of crazy, but it kept my interest. I had a hard time caring about Emily as she seemed so broken to begin with, but once you know the backstory, it's kind of karma-esque and good for the soul.

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