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The Lost and the Found Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—Clarke delivers a suspenseful, timely tale with a plot taken straight from the headlines. Faith's sister Laurel reappears after her kidnapping 13 years ago. What begins as a story about readjusting to life after the unimaginable happens gradually morphs into a gripping thriller. Slowly, Laurel reveals subtle discrepancies that lead Faith to believe something is amiss. Is Laurel an imposter? Or is Faith jealous? Readers share Faith's doubt and cheer her on as she starts to discover the truth. Instead of confiding her fears in Michel, her father's partner and Faith's most trusted adult, Faith confronts Laurel, and what follows is a convoluted but page-turning conclusion that Clarke cleverly lays tracks for earlier. The strong hook and trail of clues keep readers guessing and overshadow slight weaknesses, such as a brief lull in the pace, an unfinished thread regarding the betrayal of Faith's boyfriend, and fuzzy setting details. Clarke's indictment of vulturelike media and a poetic metaphor about cuckoo birds will linger in readers' minds, lending this novel a bit more gravity than typical teen thrillers. VERDICT This mystery will have wide appeal and keep teens riveted.—Laura Falli, McNeil High School, Austin, TX
About the Author
Cat Clarke is a full-time writer. She was previously an editor at Scholastic UK, where she worked on some of their biggest nonfiction bestsellers. Cat has always been fascinated by the media coverage surrounding missing children, which inspired her to write The Lost and the Found. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. You can find out more about Cat on catclarke.com, or follow her on Twitter at @cat_clarke.
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Thirteen years after being kidnapped, Faith's older sister, Laurel, returns home. Slowly, Faith's life becomes even more about Laurel than it had been after the abduction.
THE LOST AND THE FOUND should have been a fast paced, exciting read filled with heart and emotion. You can't get a much more emotionally charged scenario than kidnapped sister reunion. Cat Clarke wrote Faith's voice with a touch of sarcastic humor, although mostly she was flat, telling instead of showing the story. Faith was passive without much substance. I would have liked more depth into Laurel's story. My favorite character was Michel, the gay paramour of the girls' bisexual father.
I've read THE LOST AND THE FOUND before, only the title was NEVER MISSING, NEVER FOUND by Amanda Panitch and the story had a better voice, more tension, and felt much more unique. If NEVER MISSING, NEVER FOUND hadn't been so brilliant, I may have enjoyed THE LOST AND THE FOUND more. The best part of the story was the last chapter, an excerpt from a book about missing girls.
A slight recommendation for THE LOST AND THE FOUND and a huge push for NEVER MISSING, NEVER FOUND.
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.
Chances are, you have seen her. The photo of blond-haired, gap-toothed, polka-dot-dressed, teddy bear–cradling Laurel Logan has surely been printed in almost every newspaper in the world (probably even the Uzbekistan Times, now that I think about it). […]
I was also in the original photo: four years old, cute in the way that all four-year-olds are, but nothing special. Not like her. Frizzy brown hair, beady little eyes, hand-me-down clothes. I was playing in a sandbox in the background, slightly out of focus. That’s how it’s been my whole life: in the background, slightly out of focus. You hardly ever see that version of the photo—the one where I haven’t been cropped out.
I try to put myself in her shoes. Coming back to your family after all that time. You’d want things to be the same as when you left, wouldn’t you? But a lot can change in thirteen years. Your mother can wither away to nothingness, and your dad can get together with a lovely Frenchman, and your little sister can stop building sand castles and start building a wall around herself instead.
For as long as she can remember, seventeen-year-old Faith Logan has lived in her older sister’s shadow. When they were younger, Laurel was everything Faith was not: friendly, outgoing, and beautiful. Whereas Faith inherited their parents’ plain Jane, mousey looks – complete with frizzy brown hair and beady eyes – the adopted Laurel practically shined with her golden blonde hair and bright blue eyes. Laurel was the leader and Faith, her mostly-content follower. That is, until the day that Laurel was kidnapped from their front yard, lured away by a stranger promising ice cream cones.
In the intervening thirteen years, Laurel has overshadowed Faith in a much more tragic and morbid way. Their mother Olivia suffers from chronic depression, a melancholy broken only by the single-minded determination to find her missing daughter. Father John is more or less absent from his remaining daughter’s life; his new boyfriend Michel seems to do a better job of parenting Faith than the two combined. Unwilling to be perpetually cast as “Little Laurel Logan’s” sad and less interesting younger sister, Faith avoids publicity as assiduously as Olivia courts it: both to fund the never ending search for Laurel, and to keep her case alive in the public’s mind. Faith can count her friends on one hand, as too many of her peers seem to want to get close to her so they can be nearer tragedy. Rubberneckers and paparazzi vultures: these are the creatures she’s built up armor against.
When Laurel finally turns up – improbably blindfolded and left on the doorstep of the family’s old house on Stanley Street by her captor – the Logans’ lives are upended yet again…and not always for the good. Olivia and John are overjoyed to have their girl back home, but Faith’s feelings are a little more ambivalent. While this is understandable even in the best case scenario, Faith can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t quite right.
Laurel seems to be the real deal: she looks a lot like the age progression photos of Laurel that have been airing in the media, off and on for years. She turns up with Barnaby, her beloved – and heavily customized – stuffed bear, which went missing with her. She seemingly knows everything about the Logans and their too-short time together. She even has a scar on her cheek, a mere scab the day Laurel vanished. Yet she acts strangely: Faith catches her shoplifting makeup, snooping through her room, and cornering her boyfriend Thomas in dark, private places. Perhaps most damningly, she goes into full-on panic mode every time the police attempt to swab her cheek for a DNA sample.
Is this young woman the missing puzzle piece to their family that the Logans have been searching for – or an imposter? And, if so, do Faith’s parents even want to hear the truth – or will they give anything to have their daughter back?
THE LOST AND THE FOUND isn’t *super* suspenseful, but it’s still pretty engrossing. If you’ve ever seen that one episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU – or, heck, paid very much attention to the synopsis – you can pretty much guess at the WHO and the WHAT. The HOW and WHY remain a mystery up until the final few chapters, which are pretty intense; but in the lead-up my attention was diverted by the narrator, Faith Logan. For me, the real draw of the story is Faith’s account: a psychological portrait of a young girl (and then woman) floundering in the wake of her older sister’s abduction (and likely murder).
The family’s lives pretty much revolve around the daughter who was taken, leaving precious little for the girl who remains. Nor can she find the attention and care she craves in the outside world, for it too is preoccupied with the sensational and tragic. Faith must navigate a landscape populated by hangers-on and rubberneckers; well-meaning but insensitive strangers; true crime fanatics; and the media vultures who feed on the carnage of their wrecked lives. And the imbalance doesn’t end with Laurel’s reappearance, but rather shifts; now Faith is expected to subvert her own thoughts and desires for Laurel, because of everything she’s been through. Suddenly Faith finds herself acting very much unlike herself, being pressured into appearing on talk shows and even signing a deal to pen a book with the whole family. As always, everything is about Laurel. Rinse, repeat.
Clark credits “media coverage surrounding missing children” as her inspiration for THE LOST AND THE FOUND, and it shows. The Logans’ chief tormentor in the media is Jeanette Hayes, who criticized the amount of attention their case received. (Think of her as the anti-Nancy Grace.) She even wrote a book about it; called THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN, it profiles some of the other missing children – many of them poor, black, and/or from less-than-picture-perfect families – who might have benefited from the resources devoted to Laurel. Young Faith casts her as the villain, even as she sneaks into the library stacks to read Hayes’s book. Yet adult Faith actually concedes her point – and tries to right at least one of the wrongs when given the chance. The “excerpt” from this fictional exposé is a rather nice touch.
The only unbelievable thing? John and the macaroons. WHAT KIND OF MONSTER HATES MACAROONS!?! They are simply delightful. I mean, salted caramel? Come the eff on! I’m salivating just thinking about it.
** Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley. **
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