Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Book Review: The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

The Lost and the Found, by Cat Clarke
2016, 368p, Contemporary Suspense
My Rating=3 Stars
Source: Received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review

When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Since then, Faith’s childhood has revolved around her sister’s disappearance—from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention, to dealing with so-called friends who only ever want to talk about her missing sister.

Now, thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the front yard of the Logans’ old house, disoriented and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Can her sister finally be back? Faith always dreamed of her sister coming home; she just never believed it would happen. But soon a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated from her family and paranoid about her sister’s motives. Before long, Faith begins to wonder if it’s the abduction that’s changed her sister, or if it’s something else. . . .

When Laurel Logan was six, she was abducted in front of her younger sister, Faith. Thirteen years later, she has returned home. This book is told from Faith's POV so we get a look at how she feels about everything that's happened. Her family dynamics have drastically changed, she's not sure about her feelings for her boyfriend, and now she needs to adjust to having her sister back after she was gone for 13 years.

This book started a little slow to me but once I got to a certain point, I had a hard time putting it down. It was suspenseful as certain things weren't adding up, but it wasn't too hard to figure out the plot twist. I was interested in the characters and how they each adjusted to Laurel's return. Child abduction is such a horrible crime which leaves lasting effects on more than just the victim.

I haven't read this type of book in a while and, because of the subject matter, it wasn't too surprising that there was some content. There's quite a bit of swearing, including multiple uses of the "f" word. There's also underage sex which is mostly referenced but there is a short, non-graphic scene as well. It was pretty long and I probably would have enjoyed it a little more if it had been shorter. Overall, it's an emotional read with an ending that will stick with you long after you turn the final page!

About the Author

Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people.

Cat has written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in Edinburgh with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times. She likes cheese A LOT, especially baked camembert.


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