The Lost and the Found – Cat Clarke

I don’t recall when or why I got this book, but it’s been sitting on my kindle for more than a year now. So when I was in an airport, and had nothing else to do, I decided to read this story of a missing girl returned, and the impact of it on her family as a whole.

The Lost and the Found – Cat Clarke

36156478From a Zoella Book Club 2017 author 


When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. 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…

This book was … fine, I guess. It had some interesting points, and there was certainly a lot of great character development in there. It had some lovely relationships between children and step-parents, and discussion of functional relationships with both parents after the breakdown of a marriage. It also had some decent character development for Faith as she realised what a selfish knob she was being half the time. But I had a lot of issues with this book. Mainly with the big twist at the end.

Was it even meant to be a twist? I had it figured out from the day after Laurel came home. And reading the book with the foreknowledge that this would be the twist, I was left cold by some of the character development throughout it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think there was some really great stuff in this book, and incisive commentary about the nature of press coverage for missing people, which was really well-handled throughout the book. The final pages were chilling and very effective. But overall what I thought I was getting was not what I actually got because of this twist.

Also, the cover, which is teddy bears, looks like popcorn on a small phone screen. It put me in mind of Holly Bourne’s It Only Happens In the Movies, which was probably not the effect the cover designer was going for …

See the similarities? I spent a large proportion of the book wondering when the popcorn would be relevant.

Overall, although I was disappointed in this specific book, I really liked the way that Cat Clarke writes. I have a couple of her other books on my kindle as well, and this certainly wasn’t enough to put me off them, but it wasn’t enough to make me rush out and buy the rest of her back catalogue either.

Three Stars

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