Sunday, May 14, 2017

Book Review: The Lost Ones

This is a series I am running that is about the various Goodreads First Reads, that I have received. You can check out the other posts in this series here.

To be honest, when I first inquired about this book, it was just because of the beautiful cover. After reading the description I was instantly hooked and read this book in less than two days.  This book was wonderful. It was really well written, and an instant hit for me. This is also my first Ben Cheetham novel and it really was a great one. I will definitely read more from him.

The story starts out with a little girl going missing, due to her father's tendency to create enemies there are a bunch of different suspects. The town has been put through this ordeal before. Around forty or so years ago, this couple named Joanna and Elijah were murdered in their house. It was horrific and their daughter was left to pick up the pieces. This story is so engrossing from the very beginning. Surely this little girl and this murdered family have no connection, right?

Erin, the little girl who is missing, parents miss here terribly and are desperate to have her back in their arms. Like most parents, they are willing to do anything to find her. The question becomes is she really kidnapped or is she just lost. As every hour passes, the situation gets dire. Her parents are desperate. Secrets will be revealed, but will the town ever really recover.

This book is very heartbreaking and tragic. I must admit that I was completely blown away by the ending. It shocked me in ways that I wasn't expected. This book will devastate you and make you question everything. The story is dark but it is also very beautiful. 

The sole issue for me was that this book is labeled as a crime fiction, and based on the storyline you would agree with that. There wasn't a lot of police action or really detective type perspective. This sort of ruined the "crime fiction" aspect of the book for me. There was no point of view from any sort of law enforcement. 

Even with this small issue I really recommend this book. 

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest and completely unbiased review. All thoughts are my own.

Links for purchase: Amazon // Barnes and Noble 

Some secrets are better left undiscovered.
When a nine-year-old girl goes missing in Harwood Forest, the search for her brings back memories of an unsolved double murder some forty years earlier. Could the key to Erin Jackson’s disappearance lie in the bloody fate of Elijah and Joanna Ingham, bludgeoned to death while their young daughters slept? Were the Inghams really the victims of opportunistic burglars—or a more sinister fate?
The woods are combed for signs of the child, but Erin’s brother, Jake, mounts his own investigation, uncovering evidence that puts the Inghams’ daughters—vanished Rachel and ‘crazy’ Mary—in the frame. Meanwhile, Erin’s father suspects that the ragtag army of eco-warriors besieging his quarry development may have something to hide.
As devastating secrets and betrayals are revealed, the Jackson family is brought to a breaking point. But time is running out. Erin is still missing and Jake’s unorthodox inquiries have left him dangerously exposed. They must find Erin and lay the past to rest—before they become its latest victims.
A Little Bout the Author: 

Ben Cheetham is an award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominee.

 His writing spans the genres, from horror and sci-fi to literary fiction, but he has a passion for dark, gritty crime fiction. His short stories have been published in Swill Magazine, The Fiction Desk, Deadcore (Comet Press), The London Magazine, The Willisden Herald New Short Stories 3, The Grist Anthology of New Writing, Dream Catcher, Staple, Fast Forward: A Collection of Flash Fiction, Voice From The Planet (Harvard Square Editions), The Momaya Annual Review, Transmission, The Chaffey Review, and numerous other magazines.

Ben lives in Sheffield, UK, where - when he's not chasing around after his two-year old son - he spends most of his time locked away in his study racking his brain for the next paragraph, the next sentence, the next word.

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