Lost Girl

Lost Girl

Book One of the Lost Trilogy

Fiction - Paranormal
362 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2012
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Author Biography

Paranormal Mystery Author

Anne Francis Scott lives in the wooded hills of Tennessee with her husband and two dogs, a short drive from the Smoky Mountains where her paranormal mysteries take place. Home is a log cabin she and her husband built on four acres. She spends a good part of her days up in the loft with her characters, sometimes getting distracted by a squirrel that hops down from a tree to use the deck railing as a highway.

Her background is in music and production. For a while, she worked as a sound recording engineer, and later, on the business end of things, as Financial Controller for Capricorn Records. But she has always enjoyed telling stories about things that go bump in the night, a passion that began one long-ago Halloween around a campfire. She’s been hooked ever since.

Anne is a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. She donates copies of her books to the county and the local library, and her first paranormal mystery novel, Lost Girl, was converted to Braille for the visually impaired. She uses music to jump-start her muse, anything from rock to classical, depending on her mood, and she LOVES spending time with her family.

She always appreciates hearing from readers. You can reach her at anne@annefrancisscott.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Readers' Favorite

Allison Weathers is starting a new life in Dawson Mills. She bought a big old house and wanted to fix it up. She hired Paul Bradford to do the work on it. But before work could start Allison started getting strange feelings in the house. She confided to Paul who told her that he had seen something as a child that had stayed with him all his life. Allison tells Paul that she is trying to find out what happened to her mother. One day in town she meets Toni Harper who works at the local newspaper. She confides to Toni that she is looking into what happened to her mother and mentions that she has seen the spirit of a young boy and a dog. The boy warns her that a bad man is watching her and advises her to be careful. Toni tells her that he would like Allison to meet her niece who has special abilities. But, before they can get together Allison is kidnapped and Paul, Toni, her niece and a reluctant sheriff have to find her before the bad man can hurt her. Allison had a hard time dealing with her husband's death. When she sees his spirit her father has her committed to a mental hospital. Now she just wants to take control of her life, but when she starts hearing things and seeing things she thinks she is going insane. Paul has been living with the knowledge that he saw a little girl years ago and she just disappeared. He believes that Allison is sensitive to the spirits and wants to help her figure out what is going on. Toni was in a relationship with the sheriff Ray but he could not accept that her niece had special abilities. Toni, however, believes everything that Allison tells her.

This is the kind of book that just builds and builds from the start. It grabs a hold of you and does not let go until it is finished. Lots of suspense and tension that will keep the heart thumping from beginning to end. The author has an excellent mix of mystery and paranormal activity to deliver an excellent book. Well worth the time to read this one.

Review by Lisa Brown-Gilb

“Author Anne Francis Scott brings readers to the fringe of paranormal romance with her thrilling offering of Lost Girl: Book One of the Lost Trilogy. This is romantic tale of self - discovery that is deeply and darkly shrouded in mystery and encased in emotions. The author has succeeded at cleverly infusing the elements of the paranormal, romance, mystery and a dash of old school Gothic ambiance, which makes this book an enticingly good read.

Once, renowned sculptor Allison Weathers became a widow, unbeknownst to her, she began an excursion into the paranormal - initially perceived as some kind of mental breakdown (attributed to the unexpected loss of her husband). Allison, determined to change her life for the better, purchases and moves into an old Victorian farmhouse in Dawson Mills, a small town located quite a distance from her former home in the city of Nashville. Although she is a long way from her hometown and the comfort of her family and friends, Allison is resolute with her decision. Once moved in she remains uneasy and has difficulty settling into her new home as she immediately begins to hear disembodied voices, feels cold spots and finds a well - hidden diary once belonging to the wife of the home’s previous owner - which seems to have a connection to her cloudy past. Is she losing her mind or is something bigger going on? Beset with attempting to manage issues stemming from her cryptic past, a handsome man that sparks renewed feelings in her, and possibly a haunted house-her move into the house in Dawson Mills opens doorways into the paranormal and her life that seemed to be fated for Allison to experience.

I truly enjoyed reading this book, this is an emotionally charged story that grabs you from the start and does not let up until its brilliant ending. Author Anne Francis Scott is a talented storyteller. She adeptly creates lively characters, resolute central characters, vividly creepy scenes and engrossing twisted scenarios, all of which keeps the story totally enjoyable and moving at a consistent pace. I look forward to the next book in the series to see where the story of Lost Girl goes next.”—Review by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Review by Kira Moody

“Anne Francis Scott’s Lost Girl is set in a small town called Dawson Mills. After spending two years in a mental institute, Allison Weathers thought she was done believing she could see ghosts. When Allison moves to Dawson Mills, her past comes back to haunt her in the form of two ghost children and a stalker. Seeking answers to her mother’s disappearance, Allison enlists the help of local handyman, Paul and her reporter friend, Toni. As they begin looking into the ghosts’ identities and her mother’s disappearance, things start turning deadly. Someone dark and evil wants something in Allison’s new house and is willing to do anything to prevent the past from being dug back up. As the death toll gets larger, will Allison, Toni, and Paul be able to solve the mystery before the mystery kills them?

This book is a unique addition to the paranormal mystery genre. One great aspect of Scott’s novel is the unique, well-developed nature of the main characters. Their likable, flawed personalities only increases the book’s natural way of grabbing the reader’s interest. The plot is well-developed and the author does a great job of mixing suspense and mystery. The plot twists in the book are masterfully done and keep the reader guessing at how the book will end. Readers who like horror, mystery, suspense, and ghosts will enjoy reading this book.”—Review by Kira Moody

Review by I Heart Reading

4.5 Stars

“Lost Girl is an extraordinary book, a paranormal mystery at its finest, with believable, relatable characters, plot twists I never saw coming, a dark, chilling terror dripping down from the pages and a relentless pace from start to end.

Allison Weathers wants what we all want at some point – to start anew. To do so, she moves away from the big city, and to the small mountain town of Dawson Mills in Tennessee. The added bonus is that the town is connected to her mother’s disappearance, and Allison wants to continue the search for her mother, no matter what the cost. She has fallen in love with the Victorian farmhouse she’s purchased, and she’s ready to start life all on her own.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, especially when her new house starts to lead a life of its own. Disembodied voices out of nowhere startle Allison in the dead of night. Shadows shift in the corridors of her new home. Someone is watching her. And then there’s the little children she and her friends noticed on the first night in the new house. The longer Allison begins to think about it, the more she grows convinced those children may not even be alive anymore…

With spirits haunting her at every corner, Allison enlists the help of local reporter Toni Harper. Toni has heard gossip from the latest owner who died in his bed in the house, but hasn’t been able to get to the root of the story yet. However, she’s determined to find out. With Toni’s help, Allison discovers the house’s sinister history…and how her own past is tied to it.

There’s also a little bit of romance, in the form of Paul Bradford, a contractor who is doing renovations on Allison’s house. He’s the first one to believe it’s more than Allison’s imagination, and who convinces her she isn’t crazy, but something else is going on. Paul was a good love interest – their relationship developed slowly, and he was a good, solid guy. The kind you can trust, trust being the main thing Allison needed in a relationship.

Allison herself was a lovely character as well. Her personality was very down-to-earth, especially considering what happened to her, and she didn’t freak out easily. She was intelligent, brave, friendly and driven by a sense of curiosity and wonder I can easily relate to.

But besides the characters, I really loved the plot. These kind of novels, that hold the middle between horror and paranormal mystery, those are my absolute favorite reads. And Lost Girl is definitely one of the better reads in that category. The mystery is complicated enough that you can’t get it right away, there are ominous signs early on, and there’s suspense and dread surrounding the reader and the characters from the first page.

An impressive novel, and I’m most definitely looking forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended to everyone who loves a good ghost story and/or paranormal mystery.”—Review by I Heart Reading