Paperback, 384 pagesPublished May 20th 2014 by Harlequin / Mira
Source: Net Galley
The Lost presents a familiar premise where a daughter decides that she would much rather get in the car and go driving in an unfamiliar direction than go home and find out whether her mom’s cancer is back. She drives through a dust storm and ends up, officially, in Lost: a place where all things and people who are lost go.
The novel is certainly innovative but I have come to expect that from Sarah Beth Durst whose novels I may not always like but always appreciate for their originality.
I began this book expecting a teenaged protagonist so I was more than a little surprised to find an adult instead. This led me to adapt my expectations accordingly. I found Lauren a bit difficult to get used to because she’s a bit abrasive, I’d say, but I was completely with her as she tried once and again to leave Lost and failed. I also really liked the little girl who befriended Lauren and Finder, who has a dreamy quality to him that I liked very much.
I also really liked the world of Lost. It is restrictive and I’d probably rather die than be stuck there (no new books unless they are lost, nothing new at all) but I love how vividly Durst has built it. I also really enjoyed the family Lauren creates for herself and the dynamics between the characters.
The conflicts that Lauren faces and overcomes are well done and logical (though of a fantastic nature) and the romance is suitably slow. The ending is heavy and the appearance of another side of a love triangle is interesting because it gives Lauren another choice. I fully agree with what she decided to do in the end but I liked that she had a choice.
It feels like I’m being overly cryptic about everything but honestly, the book is something that needs to be experienced. It’s fun, it’s engaging and it’s thrilling. It is also quite sad at times so keep a packet of tissues nearby. Recommended.