Review: The Lost Chapter by Caroline Bishop

Title: The Lost Chapter

Author: Caroline Bishop

Pages: 416 Pages

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The Blurb

1957, France. 

Florence and Lilli meet at finishing school in Lyon. Despite some differences, they forge a firm friendship that promises to last a lifetime. But a terrible betrayal prematurely tears them apart.

Years later in England, Florence has become the woman her friend knew she could be – creative, bold, and independent. The exact opposite of Alice, a young woman troubled by a recent trauma, whom Florence is determined to help bring out of her shell. Just as Lilli once did for her.

When Florence discovers that the novel she’s reading is written by Lilli and is based on their time at school, the two stories begin to unfold together. Past events illuminate the future, and it becomes clear that long-held secrets can’t stay buried for ever.

The Review

The Lost Chapter by Caroline Bishop is a brilliant novel that has the ability to sweep the world away as you read it.

The dual timeline narrative of The Lost Chapter allows you to see just how much the world has changed in a relatively short period. In 1957, we see out protagonist Florence as a young woman having to learn the ways of the world and live up to the expectations her privileged upbringing requires. In our second timeline, we see Florence as an old woman – wiser, more experienced and trying to impart guidance and help to those around her all the while trying to keep her own secrets from being revealed.

The Lost Chapter is a joy of a novel and one that really is unputdownable. Usually with a dual timeline novel there is a preference of era and I hunger for more of that narrative thread but both of the timelines had me thirsty for more. I wanted to read it as fast as I could and yet I didn’t want it to end. The Lost Chapter was such a glorious read.

The Lost Chapter by Caroline Bishop is available now.

For more information regarding Caroline Bishop (@calbish) please visit www.carolinebishop.co.uk.

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