BLOG TOUR - The Lost Child by Ann Troup

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Lost Child by Ann Troup!

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Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow’s End when she was just 3 years old. She was never found.

Thirty years on, Elaine Ellis is carrying her mother’s ashes back to Hallow’s End to scatter them in the place that she once called home. Elaine has never been there, but it’s the only place Jean talked about while she was growing up – so it seems as good a place as any.

As Elaine settles into her holiday cottage in the peaceful Devonshire village, she gets to know the locals; family she never knew she had, eccentric and old-fashioned gentry, and new friends where she would least expect them. But she is intrigued by the tale of the missing girl that the village still carries at its heart, and which somehow continues to overshadow them all. Little does she know how much more involved in the mystery she will become…


It was obvious that she had not been a woman who embraced change, or thought it necessary to spend money where it wasn’t absolutely essential. If it wasn’t broken, she hadn’t fixed it. Perhaps she thought her daughter wasn’t broken either, but it wasn’t what Dan pictured when he thought about Elaine, and he thought about Elaine a lot. She was like half a person, present but not whole. He knew he was attracted to her and he knew he didn’t care about the scar that transected her flesh and which she tried hopelessly to keep covered, to the point where he suspected that she used it as an excuse for avoiding people. What he didn’t know was why he felt the need to pursue someone who so clearly had baggage. Did he really want to take that on? But she’d had baggage when he’d very first met her. He could still picture her as a teenager, all trussed up and awkward in her neat school uniform and sensible shoes. Other girls her age had been blossoming and bandying their burgeoning sexuality about like fairground hawkers. There had been nothing wrong with it, life was life and kids were kids. He hadn’t turned it down where it was offered freely, but he’d rarely wanted to go back for more. Elaine’s control and her conservatism had been perversely attractive to him back then, and he had been surprised to find that it still was.

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Ann Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.

Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughters bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.

She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.



  1. It sounds like an interesting book, but unfortunately, I've never been comfortable with books about lost or murdered children. It triggers too much anxiety. I love the author bio, though, and can just picture her Westie running through the house with sticky notes all over him!

    1. It is not an easy subject to read about. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Thank you for taking part in the tour, Heather! :) xx


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