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The majority of this authors books tend to be along the lines of suicide and sexuality which makes The Lost and the Found stand out slightly with it being a totally different story line.
The Lost and the Found is a bit of a slow burner, not in a bad way though. Whilst not as dark as her other books, there is just something about this story line that keeps you intrigued and makes you want to read more.
Faith and her family have pretty much plodded though the last thirteen years since Laurel went missing. All of them coping with her disappearance in their own way. When Laurel suddenly turns up after all those years, all but Faith are ecstatic to have her back.
I really felt for Faith, she has missed her big sister and overall is glad to have her back, but being an only child for the last thirteen years has her worrying how having Laurel back will alter that. Some people might see that as being selfish but I think it is a big adjustment for all the family and all of a sudden the parents attention is all focused on one sibling while not meaning to, but to a certain extent leaving the other one out.
Not only does Faith find it hard adjusting to having Laurel back home but she keeps getting a little niggle that something isn't quite right with her sister which she tries to put down to what must have happened to her when she was abducted.
Laurel is certainly a hard character to fathom out. Obviously she has been through a traumatic time and at times my heart really went out to her. Other times though, like Faith, I had certain doubts and fears.
The Lost and the Found is a story full of mystery and suspense. The author slowly takes the reader on a journey of discovery and relationships. It makes for a fascinating read and as with the authors other books, the ending always leaves me feeling a whole bunch of emotions whilst leaving me quite breathless. Another great read.
I really really loved this book. Like I this book kept bringing me to think of this other kidnapped then returned book but this was nothing at all like it. Like throughout the book I kept thinking that Laurel was sketching AF. I understood where Faith was coming off and felt that she wasn't paranoid even if she came off as one. I loved that there was enough mystery to keep the readers guessing when it came up about Laurel. I was especially curious about the kidnapper and when he would show his face if ever. I loved that there was plenty going on to keep me entertained and hooked. This was book well written and I loved it!
This book is fantastic and I really enjoyed it. Highly Recommend!
Laurel’s return throws Faith’s, now age 17, world into disarray. On one hand, Faith is bursting with happiness; on the other hand she is nervous about reuniting with her long lost sister. The building anxiety threatens to tear Faith apart while her worries go unnoticed by her family. Her sole confidante is her dad’s new boyfriend, Michael. The rendezvous arrives all too quickly, but it surprisingly passes without excessive trauma. Lauren and Faith immediately hit it off and try to pick up where they left off 13 years ago. Of course, there are complications. Lauren is sensitive to certain phrases and she reveals she was systematically physically and sexually abused for years. Additionally, Laurel’s return sparks the public’s interest, because her case was high profile for years after she was kidnapped. This results in possible book deals, TV interviews and harassment by the press. For a while, everything is perfect.
As Faith adjusts to life with Laurel, she cannot help but feel overwhelmed by the attention and the sudden changes. As a result, she starts to drift away from her friends and boyfriend while supporting Laurel’s reintroduction to society. Faith eventually learns to balance her time with Laurel and her social life. However, things are not always what they appear to be. Faith begins to notice strange behavior from Laurel which prompts an investigation on her part. This results in a whirlwind of events leading to a shocking conclusion.
Overall, Clarke did an excellent job of establishing plot points that ultimately lead the reader to an astonishing conclusion. The plot was well paced, and Laurel in particular felt like she could be a real person with real emotions. However, the other aspects of this book did not meet my expectations. Besides Laurel, the other characters were static and they were not easy to relate to on an emotional level. Furthermore, I found the plot of this book to be shockingly similar to Amanda Panitch’s NEVER MISSING NEVER FOUND. Many of the core ideas were identical and some of the characters even shared the same names. Unfortunately, this diminished the shock value for me and I was able to surmise many of the plot twists early on. However, I recommend this book to anyone who has not read NEVER MISSING NEVER FOUND, especially if you are a mystery lover. As a whole, this is a decent book that is perfect for a mystery lover or for anyone searching for a book that makes you consider how strong family bonds really are.
Reviewed by Emily G.
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