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The Lost and The Found – Cat Clarke

“She knows. She definitely knows. 

I’m not sure how she knows. I’m not stupid enough to keep a diary, and I’m not one of those weirdos who’s all Mum’s-my-best-friend-and-we-tell-each-other-everything. Perhaps its some kind of sixth sense, unique to mothers? 

It’s there in her eyes every time she looks at me. The problem is, I can’t tell how she feels about it. Why can’t that show up in her eyes too? Is she angry? Disappointed? Disapproving? Resigned? A little bit proud?”

The day after Faith loses her virginity is the day her life changes forever, but not in the way she might have thought. Her older sister, the sister her parents have been searching for since she disappeared 13 years ago, has been found. Faith’s life has been dominated by the disappearance of her sister since that summer’s day and now, as she is in the midst of a spell of normalcy, Laurel has returned. As the family welcomes Laurel back into its fold, Faith bears witness to a disturbing series of events which make her feel increasingly isolated and paranoid. What if everything that is lost is never truly found, even when it appears right before your eyes? 

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Cat Clarke has been a favourite author of mine since I read her first book, Entangled back in 2011. She writes the perfect mystery books which come with such an element of realism that I can honestly believe that the people in the books could have had their stories mentioned in the newspapers. To say I was looking forward to reading The Lost and The Found was an understatement and as soon as it arrived on my doorstep I knew it would be one of the first books I cracked open as soon as Spike got into a good enough sleeping pattern to allow me some reading time!

Thankfully The Lost and the Found wasn’t a disappointment and I got sucked in, it took me a little longer than it had done with Cat’s other books and I have to say that I think it is possibly my least favourite of her books so far but that just means it was a 4 star book and not a five, it was still brilliant! I loved the idea of this girl coming back to her family after so long and it intrigued me to know what had happened to her and how she had managed to return.

I knew from early on that there was a limited number of outcomes for this book so in all honesty it could be described as slightly predictable. As soon as something was mentioned about Laurel I worked out one of the main plot lines even though it wasn’t properly revealed until right at the end of the book. However I think as a reader you are kinda meant to see it, if not that early on the at least a while before Faith does. Faith is blinded by the fact her sister is back and that allows her to bypass some of Laurel’s strange behaviours but as a reader you definitely see them clearly.

What I loved about this book is the way the story unfolds and how much of that depends on the relationship that quickly builds between Faith and Laurel… As its all told from Faith’s point of view the relationship is actually the key to the whole book. It’s not all about the mystery behind what happened to Laurel and where she has been, its about Faith’s life and how Laurel’s disappearance changed that, how her reappearance will make it u-turn and how the relationship that the sisters soon develop will help them get through the events that have happened and that will happen. There is so much more to this book than a crime/mystery and I honestly think its focus was more about emotions, how they blind you and what people can do when they are tested to the limit.

As usual I was hooked by the realism that Cat brought into this book and I am shocked that Laurel and Faith Logan aren’t real people. I found their story fascinating and I’m certain that other people will too.

The Lost and the Found was published on July 2nd by Quercus books. My copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
 
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