#BlogTour #Review : The Lost by Simon Beckett. @BeckettSimon @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #TheLost

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Lost, a book that’s about more than a missing child. The book is published on 25th November and is available for pre-order now. Many thanks to Compulsive Readers and the publishers for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.

The Book:

A MISSING CHILD

Ten years ago, the disappearance of firearms police officer Jonah Colley’s young son almost destroyed him.

A GRUESOME DISCOVERY

A plea for help from an old friend leads Jonah to Slaughter Quay, and the discovery of four bodies. Brutally attacked and left for dead, he is the only survivor.

A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH

Under suspicion himself, he uncovers a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew – forcing him to question what really happened all those years ago…

The Review: I tend to avoid books that have anything to do with missing children, it’s just not something that I choose to read about. This book, however, got my attention because of the second bit of the blurb, about the discovery of the bodies and the main character, Jonah, being attacked. That section raised so many questions that I decided that this was a book I wanted to read so I could get answers to these questions.

While the missing child is a factor in the story, it’s more about how this has affected Jonah whose child it was that disappeared. It shows how it’s affected and continues to do so through the decisions he makes in the story and also shows how his relationships with others have been affected as well. Jonah’s a character that I’m still not sure about. A lot of the decisions he makes I can understand or see his thinking behind them, but there were also a lot of times I found myself shaking my head at him, wondering what he was doing and why.

Though I wasn’t sure about Jonah I still wanted to know what was happening, who were the people who had been killed and who killed them because the story has been written in such a way that made me want to know more. Unsurprisingly for this type of story there’s a lot of tension throughout, but it’s done in such a way that it was palpable and came off the page at me. Even though I was in two minds about Jonah I was still concerned for him.

There are a host of other characters that all play vital parts in the story from the police investigating the murders to the journalist who believes there’s more to the incident than the police are saying. This is a really well-written, tense story that kept me reading and gave me an ending I didn’t expect. Definitely worth checking out if you like tense thrillers and mysteries with, initially, more questions than answers.

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