A gripping, emotional journey as one brave young
woman’s search for the truth about her missing twin leads
to an infamous institution called Willowbrook . . .



About The Lost Girls of Willowbrook

Perfect for readers of Margaret Atwood and Girl, Interrupted, the evocative new book from the New York Timesbestselling author Ellen Marie Wiseman blends fact, fiction, and the urban legend of Cropsey in 1970s New York. This is the haunting story of a young woman mistakenly imprisoned at Willowbrook State School, the real-life institution later shuttered for its horrendous abuses.

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About the Author

Ellen Marie Wiseman is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been translated into twenty languages. She loves to write suspenseful historical sagas about everyday people caught up in extraordinary circumstances while shining a light on little-known social injustices of the past and celebrating the resiliency of the human spirit. The rest of the time she likes to cook, watch movies, swim, and play with her grandkids.


Praise for Ellen's Books

"Powerful. Grounded in historical fact, it ends like a fast-paced thriller." - Historical Novel Society

— Historical Novel Society


“A sumptuous plot balances horror and tenderness to reveal lesser-known facets of history… The Life She was Given is a vibrant maze of desires. The sharp divide between expectations and painful truths, mothers and daughters, past and present, culminate in a sensational finale.”

— ForeWord Reviews



“Wiseman excels at creating an atmosphere…her characters are all vividly drawn and complex... Fans of Karen White and Sara Gruen will be drawn in by the drama and mystery of Wiseman’s novel.”




"Stories of WWII rarely look at the lives of the average German; Wiseman eschews the genre’s usual military conflicts in favor of the slow, inexorable pressure of daily life during wartime, lending an intimate and compelling poignancy to this intriguing debut."

— Publishers Weekly


"If you're a fan historical fiction, horror or true crime-or you're just looking for the next discussion-worthy book club pick, don't miss this shocking mash-up of Girl, Interrupted mixed with American Horror Story..."

— Barnes & Nobles



"The Plum Tree will find good company on the literal or electronic shelves of those who appreciated Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, and Night by Elie Wiesel. Though in the same picture frame as these great classics, Ms. Wiseman’s story stands firmly on its own two feet and deserves a bright spotlight on the literary stage.”

— The New York Journal of Books


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