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The Lost and Found by Car Clarke

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fans of Lucy Christopher’s Stolen, Caroline B. Cooney’s The Face on the Milk Carton, and Natasha Preston’s The Cellar will be captivated by this twisty psychological thriller about an abducted girl who finally returns home to her family—but is she really who she claims to be?
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. . . .

Goodreads Summary

Laurel Logan was abducted by a stranger at age 6.  Her sister, Faith, is the biological child of Laurel's parents and the last one to see her alive.  When Laurel randomly shows up in the yard of their old house, Faith is astonished and a little skeptical.  However, she never once guesses the full truth of what is behind Laurel's unusual story.

This is a book where I didn't particularly like any of the characters, but it didn't hugely impact the story for me.  I thought Faith was particularly annoying repeatedly trying to include their father's new partner in what should have been the primary family's concern.  Laurel's secrecy and unusual behavior made it impossible to feel close to her character.  I was disappointed in Thomas, Faith's love interest, for lying and being a fairly typical teenage boy (though he insists he's not).  I didn't like how Faith continued to be physical in a relationship she didn't feel like she even wanted (I just don't get that).  I did, however, love the twist in the end and how the author arranged the story so that the readers are not likely to guess the ending.  It was intriguing to see the author's take on the patchwork family and how Laurel fit in.  A teen/young adult reader may find this a good read.

3 Stars

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