Aislinn Hunter's The World Before Us has been on my radar for a while now. It was released in Canada in September and has been on my wish list as I bided my time for either a US release or inevitably broke down and ordered it internationally. Well, the wait is finally over! The World Before Us is due out from Hogarth in March.
Here's a bit about the book from Goodreads:
When she was just fifteen, smart, sensitive Jane Standen lived through a nightmare: she lost the sweet five-year-old girl she was minding during a walk in the woods. The little girl was never found, leaving her family, and Jane, devastated. Now the grown-up Jane is an archivist at a small London museum that is about to close for lack of funding. As her one last project, she is searching the archives for scraps of information related to another missing person--a woman who disappeared some 125 years ago from a Victorian asylum. As the novel moves back and forth between the museum in contemporary London, the Victorian asylum, and a dilapidated country house that seems to connect both missing people, it unforgettably explores the repercussions of small acts, the power of affection, and the irrepressible vitality of everyday objects and events.
Seriously, an archivist at a museum (a bookish character), a missing-person mystery, AND a Victorian asylum... yes, this hits the right notes for me already!