While a teenager, Jane Standen was caring for five year old Lily while they accompanied Lily’s father to the grounds between a former Victorian asylum and an old estate. The unimaginable happens- Lily vanishes and was never found. Twenty years later Jane, an archivist, is understandably living in the shadow of this tragedy. Jane discovers that Lily was not the first to disappear from the same area. Research uncovers that a woman had also gone missing about a hundred years ago. Is there a connection? Jane is not the only one who has questions. Unbeknownst to Jane, she has not exactly been living alone. Spirits from the past are closer than she knows and are with her every step of the way as she continues her research.
The World Before Us is a stunning and unique novel. It is complex and multilayered. Poetic prose, fascinating characters and a blending of history and the present come together in this memorable novel.
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