The Lost Hours – Karen White

Title: The Lost Hours
Author: Karen White
ISBN: 9780451226495
Pages: 368
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Mystery
Review: Pump Up Your Book Promotion Blog Tours
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the publisher’s website:

When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.

Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1929 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1920s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.

I adore Karen White and was eagerly awaiting what I thought would be her next book, the sequel to her wonderful The House on Tradd Street [review], scheduled to be released in late 2009.  But a few weeks ago, I got a wonderful surprise – it seems that Karen White actually had a book coming out in the interim, and the wonderful Dorothy offered me a chance to be part of the blog tour for The Lost Hours.

I love the way Karen White writes.  She sucks her readers into mysteries, though her books are often more character driven than plot driven.  The Lost Hours is no exception; while the mystery is at the center of the novel, Piper’s healing process is core of the book.  Eventually, the two stories become intertwined; in order for Piper to face her own demons, she must first face those of her grandmother.

The Lost Hours is longer than Karen White’s other books, but it never drags.  There is simply a lot of story to tell.  Dealing with tense issues such as race relations, Alzheimer’s, death, and childhood trauma, there is a lot of ground to cover in this novel.  White handle each topic deftly and with the beautiful grace I have come to know and love from her novels.

The mystery of The Lost Hours was interesting; by the time the entire story was revealed, I had figured out most of the major points for myself.  Surprisingly, that didn’t detract from the storyline; Piper (the main character) had discovered most of it as well.  She was just waiting for people to tell her what she already knew.  By that point in the novel, the main focus is Piper’s emotional recovery.  Still, I enjoyed gleaning what tidbits I could and putting them together in my head – it’s one of the best parts of Karen White’s books!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Lost Hours and am very glad I read it.  However, now I’m anticipating her next book even more eagerly – this one merely whetted my appetite!  If you haven’t read Karen White, I can’t recommend her highly enough, especially if you like Southern fiction and/or mysteries.  If you have and enjoyed her work, then definitely read this book – you’ll find all that you’ve previously loved in it and more!

Thank you to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book Promotions and the publisher for sending me this book to review!

Comments

  1. I was surprised with this book last week. I enjoy Ms. White’s books and I’m looking forward to reading this one.

  2. I was surprised with this book last week. I enjoy Ms. White’s books and I’m looking forward to reading this one.

  3. Oh shoot. I love a southern setting and a mystery and family stories. I’ll have to add White to my list. I need to win the lottery so I can quit work and have more time to read.

  4. Oh shoot. I love a southern setting and a mystery and family stories. I’ll have to add White to my list. I need to win the lottery so I can quit work and have more time to read.

  5. Thanks for the great review of Karen’s book. I am going to start it this week and your review has made me want to read it even more. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel to “The House on Tradd Street” too. This is one of the few times I wish time would move faster so that it would be available now.

    Cheryl

  6. Thanks for the great review of Karen’s book. I am going to start it this week and your review has made me want to read it even more. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel to “The House on Tradd Street” too. This is one of the few times I wish time would move faster so that it would be available now.

    Cheryl

  7. And that’s certainly another very pretty cover for your collection!

  8. And that’s certainly another very pretty cover for your collection!

  9. I don’t “do” mysteries but you made this one sound so good that I am going to give it a shot :)

  10. I don’t “do” mysteries but you made this one sound so good that I am going to give it a shot :)

  11. I’ve just started this one today for the tour. I’ll be back when I’m done. Good to see you had a high rating for it and liked it.

  12. I’ve just started this one today for the tour. I’ll be back when I’m done. Good to see you had a high rating for it and liked it.

  13. I’d heard of House on Tradd Street, but for some reason thought that was her first book…I will have to read her now!

  14. I’d heard of House on Tradd Street, but for some reason thought that was her first book…I will have to read her now!

  15. It sounds like Secret Garden, National Velvet and about 8 other books all rolled into one, can’t wait to follow the books virtual tour, and later hope to speak to Katherine herself.

    Storyheart

  16. It sounds like Secret Garden, National Velvet and about 8 other books all rolled into one, can’t wait to follow the books virtual tour, and later hope to speak to Katherine herself.

    Storyheart

  17. Great review. I really want to read some of Karen White’s work.

  18. Great review. I really want to read some of Karen White’s work.

  19. I just finished this this morning, and I agree with your assessment! This is the first Karen White I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it.

  20. I just finished this this morning, and I agree with your assessment! This is the first Karen White I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it.

  21. I will have to check out Karen White. Sounds like an author I’d really enjoy.

  22. I will have to check out Karen White. Sounds like an author I’d really enjoy.

  23. This sounds like an absolutely fantastic book!

  24. This sounds like an absolutely fantastic book!

  25. I can’t wait for the sequel to The House on Tradd Street, and I’m sorry I passed on this tour. It sounds like a good book, and I loved Karen White’s writing in her previous book.

  26. I can’t wait for the sequel to The House on Tradd Street, and I’m sorry I passed on this tour. It sounds like a good book, and I loved Karen White’s writing in her previous book.

  27. I haven’t read anything by this author yet. But I’m going to check out her books soon! Thanks for the great review!

  28. I haven’t read anything by this author yet. But I’m going to check out her books soon! Thanks for the great review!

  29. Thanks for the great review. I have The House on Tradd Street to this. This author is new to me, so I am glad to hear that she has a body of such good work

  30. Thanks for the great review. I have The House on Tradd Street to this. This author is new to me, so I am glad to hear that she has a body of such good work

  31. I am looking forward to reading this book!
    Margay

  32. I am looking forward to reading this book!
    Margay

  33. Great post! I had a guest post today for Karen and my review tomorrow for her tour. She is one of my favorite authors and I loved this book!! Can’t wait for the next one!

  34. Great post! I had a guest post today for Karen and my review tomorrow for her tour. She is one of my favorite authors and I loved this book!! Can’t wait for the next one!

  35. I have just started reading mysteries on a regular basis, and while I do enjoy a good “sit on the edge of the seat” plot — I am finding that I love stories with great character development. It sounds like Karen White is definitely an author that I need to add to my TBR list. Thank you so much for a great review.

  36. I have just started reading mysteries on a regular basis, and while I do enjoy a good “sit on the edge of the seat” plot — I am finding that I love stories with great character development. It sounds like Karen White is definitely an author that I need to add to my TBR list. Thank you so much for a great review.

  37. This book sounds amazing! What an interesting premise. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for this one and see if I can get my hands on a copy.

    :) Wendi

  38. This book sounds amazing! What an interesting premise. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for this one and see if I can get my hands on a copy.

    :) Wendi

  39. I’m glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. I’m also eagerly waiting for The House on Tradd Street sequel.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  40. I’m glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. I’m also eagerly waiting for The House on Tradd Street sequel.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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