The Lost Daughter

A family tragedy. A fight for love. A long-buried secret.

With the country they once ruled turned against them, the future of Russia’s imperial family hangs in the balance. When middle daughter Maria Romanova captivates two of the guards, it will lead to a fateful choice between right and wrong.

Fifty-five years later . . .

Val rushes to her father’s bedside when she hears of his troubling end-of-life confession: ‘I didn’t want to kill her.’ As she unravels the secrets behind her mother’s disappearance when she was twelve years old, she finds herself caught up in one of the world’s greatest mysteries.

Published in the UK on 18th October 2018.
Published in the US in 2019.

The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul


“Bold and powerful, filled with emotion, tension and vivid characters in a setting that is rich in historical detail. Gill Paul deepens our understanding of the traumatic events in early 20th century Russia with her impressive research and imaginative insight into the period and the Romanov family. And the love story? Intense and passionate, it will grip your heart. I loved it” Kate Furnivall

“Fascinating! Gill Paul captures this family and this period of history so vividly. Such a wonderful book!” Hazel Gaynor

“Completely immersive. Gorgeous. Beautiful writing, great characters. I enjoyed it so, so much. Just brilliant!” Jenny Ashcroft

“Another brilliant read from Gill Paul. Two gripping stories entwine and kept me captivated till the last page. Kept me looking forward to getting back to it each evening.” Tracy Rees

“I’m always so impressed by the depth of Gill Paul’s knowledge of the periods she chooses to write about. With The Lost Daughter, she has returned to the tragic Romanovs, creating another fascinating story that asks the haunting question: ‘what if one of them escaped?’ A pleasure to dive into.” Kate Riordan

“I devoured it in two days. I adored it. Gill Paul makes complex history so accessible. So real. Truly exceptional” Louise Beech