Lost and found in Lammermoor

Paula Xiberras
20.05.17 6:32 am


J.C. Grey tells me her first romantic experience was a gesture from her boyfriend when he took her away from ‘the bleak Sydney weather to a week in, wonderful, absolutely beautiful Hobart’. J.C. found Hobart ‘picturesque’ and suggests that a gothic genre would work well in a Hobart wilderness setting.

J.C. mentions the gothic because her most recent novel is of that genre and was inspired by an image that came to the author of a distressed girl returning home in the middle of the night. ‘Lost Girl’ says JC, is influenced by gothic literature, particularly two of her favourite novels ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Rebecca’.

A departure from her rural romance, a genre she loves because it provides great escapism for busy people as they are transported to a different place and lifestyle.

‘Lost Girl’  although not rural romance sees a similar escape for the main protagonist Em, to a different place and life, In this atmospheric novel Emerald Reed McAllister runs away from a seemingly happy marriage and successful life as model. EM is both physically and emotionally lost. Later we are informed of the tragedy that causes her erratic behaviour and relates to the deep and multiple meaning of the title of the novel.

When Em is driving she finds the abandoned Lammermoor house which seems to be existing in an alternate world. At Lammermoor she finds comfort and healing in her solitary contemplation. All the while hints and incidents are dropped along the way that perhaps Em is not alone.

‘Lost Girl’ with its true supernatural leanings is a further twist to the gothic genre.

‘Lost Girl’ is out now published by Harlequin.

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