U.K. reviews for Lost Girls

“Let me tell you, this is one scary book…Pyper’s style flips back and forth from gallows humour to Grand Guignol horror…you’ll want to keep all the lights on as you read this one.”

— Mark Timlin, Independent on Sunday

“Lost Girls is a hugely impressive and utterly compelling thriller that mixes the ghostliness of Wilkie Collins with the plotting and courtroom drama of John Grisham…moody, thought-provoking and altogether remarkable.”


“With impressive skill and confidence…Pyper has created an intricate puzzle, playing with elements of the courtroom drama, the detective story and country Gothic…As a debut novel, Lost Girls is remarkable and compelling. But more than that, it is a novel that goes some way towards reinventing the literary ghost story as a modern-day going concern.”

The Times

“Sentence by sentence there’s little to fault: the moody unease of small-town Canada is maintained and a creeping horror revealed.”


“A best-seller in the author’s native Canada…it’s easy to see why…extremely compelling.”

Sunday Telegraph

“Andrew Pyper…has a huge new bestseller on his hands…Part enigmatically atmospheric ghost story, part hard-edged thriller, Lost Girls usefully cracks a number of moulds…slipping away from the sage-like norm, offering spikier, more unsettling pleasures.”


“Andrew Pyper is leading the way among the bright young things of new Canadian writing…superb debut novel…great acerbity…wonderful wit.”

Sunday Express

“This is an excellently written novel, brilliant in its evocation of an atmosphere which, at first mildly sinister, progressively thickens and darkens.”

Evening Standard

“A remarkably fine debut novel…part courtroom drama, part ghost story, but never formulaic, Lost Girls has an atmospheric menace that is all its own.”

Time Out

“Think The Shining mixed with The Sixth Sense. A truly scary ghost story that will have you turning the pages late into the night.”


“Spine-tingling…it’s rare to find a book that is so intriguing you just can’t put it down…but that’s the magic of Lost Girls, it’s a roller-coaster thriller which is more addictive than cigarettes…fantastic.”

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

“Lost Girls is an excellent first novel; part thriller, part ghost story but always original in style and compulsive reading. Pyper evokes a wonderful sense of brooding menace in the inhospitable Canadian north country and paints a convincing picture of a man whose confidence, sense of identity and grip on reality are stripped away.”

Manchester Evening News

“This is a superior ghost story with attitude.”

Yorkshire Evening Post

“This chilling and atmospheric tale…is a very accomplished piece of work…anyone with a taste for an elegantly written piece that freezes the blood with subtlety and distinction should investigate this one.”

Crime Time

“One of the year’s most impressive debut novels.”

Good Book Guide

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