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I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on September 13th,2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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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 you love a particular genre, you tend to read more of it, yes? And the more you read of said genre, the most subtle clues you pick up on, and just see coming. I think many readers can attest to that. So, when you see the outcome of a situation so clearly so early in the book, it can leave you either disappointed, or it won’t bother you at all.
I was left disappointed by it.
I can’t say whether or not I “got it” because of a lucky guess or what, but subtle clues were not subtle but more glaringly obvious. While the rest of the book tackled issues I really enjoyed, that part was pretty freaking disappointing.
What I really want to talk about what the complexity of the situation, and how we got a look “behind the scenes” on what happens AFTER. Faith’s character was what I would say, is an honest portrayal of a girl in her situation would be. This would be a transition for all parties involved, and while we would hope it would be easy and smooth, it’s not. Faith had a lot of selfish thoughts, which I couldn’t, and don’t, blame her for. And the guilt that would eat her up after felt honest too. While she questioned a lot of things about the situation, Laurel and even herself, she kept those things to herself to protect her parents and to me, that’s pretty admirable.
I also loved the family as a whole. Everyone, obviously, had issues around Laurel’s disappearance and return, but how they came together and again the complexity of it all was a great part to read about. I loved her step Dad, and her best friend, but could have went without the boyfriend and the romance aspect of the story.
The ending left me wanting more yet… the more I thought about, the more perfect it felt to the story. Clarke does an amazing job wrapping up just enough details to leave us satisfied but also left us with plenty to think about – which I have.
All in all – I really liked it. I love her writing style, and I can’t wait to see what Clarke has in store next!
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- Have you read The Lost and the Found? If so, what did you think?
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