The Lost

The Lost

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin MIRA, 2014
ISBN: 9780778317111
Characteristics: 350 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 13, 2019

A multitude of thanks go to Misty from The Book Rat, who recommended The Lost to me. I loved it!

It's definitely a more adult novel in dealing with themes of loss, survival, and selfhood. The magical realism is less precious and more mysterious (at times malignant). And it's the kind of read that subtly examines all kinds of loss (and hope). I did tear up a time or two, but mostly I was engaged with seeing what Lauren would do and discovering the world. Durst is really good at world building without bogging down the action and the atmosphere here is one of the story's strengths.

I recommend this for fans of magical realism, atmospheric/bizarre settings, realistic MCs, and Peter Pan-type romantic leads

Aug 09, 2014

Involving story with a troubled but basically strong young woman finding herself again while Lost. Well written, some threads of humor, lots of sorrow too. Recommended.


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