The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

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  • Published: July 2nd 2015, Quercus
  • Pages: 441 pages, paperback
  • Standalone/Series: Standalone
  • Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): LOST. 

When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister. 

FOUND.

Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

My Review: One of my auto-read authors, I’ll always read the next Cat Clarke novel the second I can get my hands on it, and The Lost and the Found was no exception. I read it in a single sitting the day a review copy plopped through my letterbox and I’ve been excited about writing this review ever since!

Clarke’s writing is as gripping as ever and completely drew me in to Faith’s world, where we’re plunged deep into the heart of the action from the first page. The novel’s pace doesn’t let up and we discover the twists and turns of the Logan family through a carefully plotted, perfectly executed novel about family, relationships and loss.

Relationships are an integral part of the novel and my favourite was the heart-warming bond between Faith and her father’s partner, Michel. Their scenes together were some of my favourite and I love that The Lost and the Found bucked the trend of ‘evil step parents’ that we see in a lot of YA novels.

I’m going to have to be really irritating and not talk too much about the plot here, as I don’t want to spoil anything. I want you to enjoy reading The Lost and the Found as much as I did, as I devoured the book with my heart in my mouth, having absolutely no idea what was waiting in each new chapter.

Over the last few years Clarke has proved herself to be at the forefront of UKYA and The Lost and the Found is another home run. Set aside an afternoon and treat yourself to this gem of a story – it’ll blow you away and if you’re not in tears by the end of the final chapter then you definitely have a heart of stone!

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