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The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

Thursday, August 25, 2016


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. 


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…

Goodreads Summary

Although I enjoyed this book, I feel like I have read at least two others this year with the exact same premise and outcome (is it a popular theme?).  When Laurel was abducted the only one who saw what happened was Faith, her younger sister.  Faith's life after her sister's abduction was not all rosy: her parents are no longer "parents" and don't seem to love each other, there's always people who remember her sister's abduction, and her friends seem to prefer talking about Laurel instead of being true friends.  When "Laurel" suddenly is found in their garden, Faith questions if this stranger is truly her sister (much to the anger of practically everyone else).  Who is this new Laurel and where did she really come from?

I liked Faith's character though I lost faith in her (no pun intended) at the end of the book.  She was an intelligent, scrappy young woman.  Laurel's character was more mysterious and she reminded me a bit of an actress.  At the end of the book, I understood her motivations, but only to a point...I would have been unable to go through with her decision. The plot was fast-paced and the writing style fit the teenage voice that I would expect from Faith.  This is a good read for young adult/teen readers.

3 1/2 Stars

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