Review: The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke


28186110The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Publisher:Crown Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Survival, Thriller, Siblings

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BLURB:

THE LOST
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.

THE FOUND
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. . . .

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This book has a killer twist.

The kind of twist that makes you question everything you’ve just read. You will feel compelled to mentally rewind the story to try to spot the clues leading to the big revelation that is so, so worth it.

I now realize that I settled for less than I should have. I really did think it would only be about a family coping with the return of their long lost daughter whom they thought they would never again see.

It’s so much more than that. I don’t want to give too much away, because it’s really up to you to discover all there is to, but keep in mind the word ‘‘survival’’ as it’s one of the main themes.

Boy this author is good. She wraps everything up so perfectly. Just the not-really-an-epilogue epilogue left me wondering, but it’s not an open ending per se, in my opinion, so I’ll just assume what I think will happen will indeed happen.

It’s a fast-paced emotional story—but an adjective that clashes the latter is ‘‘captivating’’ since, ultimately, that’s what it is. It’s sort of a subdued psychological thriller: the spooky scenes are not frequent, though they are present, but the real focus is on the elusive Laurel and seemingly unreliable Faith.

The romance ruined the story’s chances of getting a better rating from me. Not only is it absolutely eye-roll-worthy, but it’s used for plot purposes. It feels contrived, that’s the problem. Plus we are manipulated from the beginning. First Faith makes Thomas seem like the perfect boyfriend, then extremely flawed, then worthy again. Whatever, man.

Although the scenes of this book are not particularly mind-blowing, Cat Clarke’s dept is what kept me fixated on reading and reading and reading until words started dancing before my eyes and I knew it was sleep’s way of lulling me in the arms of Morpheus dear.
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