Review of The Lost

Posted May 22, 2014 by Stormi in Book Reviews, Review Archive / 1 Comment

Review of The Lost

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
Genres: Supernatural
Published by Harlequin, MIRA on May 27th
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we'll discover just what it means to lose one's way. 

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out just what she's missing, and what she's running from, before she can leave. So now Lauren's on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she'll be found.

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman's impossible journey and her quest to find her fate.

Although I have a couple of her books on my shelf this is actually the first book by this author that I have read. Not so sure if I will be giving her another try or not because I just wasn’t impressed with The Lost at all.

Lauren takes off on a drive but she really doesn’t have a clue where she is going, she is just driving. It’s as if she thinks driving away will change the fact that her mom could have an illness. It’ s a long stretch of road and there seems to be nothing out there but desert, and she needs to find a town fast as she is almost out of gas.

She sees this strange man on the road (which I must say that she sees pretty good to be able to describe him so well looking at him out of her rearview mirror and still be driving). Soon she finds a small run down town that is full of trash and is very strange. Everyone there is strange and they keep telling her she needs to speak to the Missing Man.

Everyone is fairly nice to her until she meets the Missing Man and after she tells him her name he says, “No” and walks away. Everyone blames her for  running off the Missing Man and become a furious mob. The Missing Man is the person who helps you find what you lost so that you can go home, if you can’t find it then you are stuck in the town of Lost. If you try and leave all you find is the void and that is where Peter (the Finder) found her and directed her to Lost.

The only person who befriends Lauren (other than Peter) is a six year old girl named Claire who leads her out by the hand and away from the angry mob. She takes her to Peter and Peter helps her find a place to live. Peter and the Missing Man don’t get along and he wants to use Lauren to get back at the Missing Man.

Lauren is starting to get the hang of who to survive in Lost but she knows she can’t stay and needs to find the Missing Man.


The problem for me with this book is that it seemed like an interesting concept but poorly executed. I thought it might be more suspenseful from the back cover blurb but it just didn’t draw me in and hold my attention. I kept getting really bored and would start on another book then come back to this one to try and finish it. I was really close to DNFing the book but I really hate doing that and I had already recently did that so I held out.  I didn’t mind that the main character was just an average person but I really got tired of her whining about needing to get out of Lost. I get that she doesn’t want to accept the fact that she is stuck in the little run down town and it all seems to be very overwhelming but I got that point the first few times.

I am really not a fan of books that take most of the book to begin to get interesting and this one only started to pick up and hold my attention about 70% into the book and that part was actually really interesting. If the next book can hold that faster paced flow then I might be tempted to read the next book but at this moment I am really not sure if I will give the rest of this series a try or not. Oh and it kind of leaves you hanging a bit but it’s not like a huge cliffhanger but it just sort of ends and you sit there going oh, it’s over.

Now, I know that just because this book didn’t interest me I have seen a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews so this could interest you, but then maybe it won’t but I can’t recommend it to anyone.

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One response to “Review of The Lost

  1. there is nothing worse than when you how a few books by the same author on the shelves and you end up not liking the first book you pick up of theirs.

    Also, an interesting premise that is poorly executed is so annoying and disappointing!

    It is a shame that this did not live up to the premise my dear! Here is to a better read next time! 🙂

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

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