1943: The world is at war, and the villagers of Tyneham are being asked to make one more sacrifice: to give their homes over to the British army. But on the eve of their departure, a terrible act will cause three of them to disappear forever.
2018: Melissa had hoped a break on the coast of Dorset would rekindle her stagnant relationship, but despite the idyllic scenery, it’s pushing her and Liam to the brink. When Melissa discovers a strange photograph of a woman who once lived in the forgotten local village of Tyneham, she becomes determined to find out more about her story. But Tyneham hides a terrible secret, and Melissa’s search for the truth will change her life in ways she never imagined possible.
What I Thought:
The village of Tyneham in Dorset has long held a fascination for me as, living locally, I have visited it many times. The story of a village requisitioned by the MOD, and still being in Government hands long after the residents expected to be back there is naturally interesting and mysterious, and Lorna Cook has added extra layers of intrigue in her book The Forgotten Village.
As a timeslip novel, The Forgotten Village brilliantly weaves together the 1940s and today, with main character Melissa and hot historian Guy investigating a mystery surrounding the residents of Tyneham Hall and a chance meeting at the village leads to a decades-old secret finally coming to light.
Having read around Lorna Cook’s inspiration for writing the book, it seems that she is as intrigued by Tyneham as I have been and it’s great to see the village used in the novel – I’m generally excited to read books set in places I recognise, but this book brings the final days of the village vibrantly to life.
The mystery is expertly revealed and left me with a big ‘OF COURSE!’, and wondering why I hadn’t figured it out before. It’s paced very well and Lorna Cook uses some of the natural menace of a deserted village to set up the atmosphere for a shocking discovery – that’s your lot… Anything else will lead to spoilers, and we don’t want that!
As I said, I live local to Tyneham so I thought that over the Easter holidays, I would take my children to visit, which we did on a cold but sunny day. I also took the opportunity to take my copy of The Forgotten Village to the forgotten village and snapped a photo while we were there…
This view is from inside the old Post Office, one of the cottages in The Row, the first row of houses that you come to after entering the village.
The Forgotten Village is published by Avon books.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.