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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Lost Lives (Emily Swanson Mystery Thrillers Book 1) by Malcolm Richards is a suspenseful murder mystery. Emily left behind her old life in the country and has moved to London to start a new life, but she is struggling with anxiety. She is all alone and has no friends or family left. Just walking through the streets and doing her shopping takes a lot of courage. Her past has left its mark and she is trying to move beyond the fear and pain and begin her new life. While moving her belongings into her apartment, Emily discovers the former occupant's clothes in a trash bag, and a bizarre painting of the woman hidden on the top shelf of her wardrobe. Going to the market the next day, she sees the woman's picture on the announcement board, listed as a missing person.
Emily begins to ask questions and discovers that the woman's husband had physically assaulted her on more than one occasion before she disappeared. Emily begins to suspect that something terrible has happened to the missing woman. Doggedly, she continues searching for the woman, but her past comes back to haunt her and puts her in terrible danger. Her life and sanity hang in the balance as she tries to escape the same fate as the woman in the painting.
Lost Lives (Emily Swanson Mystery Thrillers Book 1) by Malcolm Richards is a spellbinding suspense mystery. Although Emily is a wounded soul and has experienced a lot of grief and trauma, she fights to get past her own frailties to help someone else. Emily's character is inspiring or stupid, depending on how you look at it. This story had a lot of hair-raising scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. Where I was filled with horror, Emily faced each and every one of these horrific incidents with courage and strength. I recommend this book to those who love a suspense novel with a creepy nuance.