"What if everything and everyone that was ever lost went to one place?"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted June 16, 2014
Women's Fiction Contemporary | Fantasy
Sometimes we just want to forget everything and run away.
Lauren Chase does just that in LOST but what she discovers
is a whole new world....
Lauren is sick of it all. She's sick of doctors, hospitals,
tests, and worst of all she's sick of the medical
predictions. Instead of dealing with the results of the
latest medical test, Lauren takes a drive- and ends up in
the town of Lost. Scavenging is the norm and her only two
companions are the mysterious man known as Finder and the
odd little girl named Claire.
There is no return from the town of Lost, not until you are
Found (although the definition varies by person as to what
being Found entails) and the Missing Man grants you a return
back home. There's just one problem... the Missing Man took
one look at Lauren and fled the town of Lost. Now, Lauren is
in a new town where all the rules are different. Will Lauren
find her way home or will she remain lost?
Sarah Beth Durst does a marvelous job at fleshing out both
the characters and the world of THE LOST. In fact, the town
of Lost itself is practically a character, albeit a very
strange and quirky one. The narrative is a bit fragmented
and yet it works perfectly. Lauren's somewhat rambling
flight of ideas actually serves to heighten the tension and
mysterious aura surrounding THE LOST.
I love the symbolism in THE LOST and the mysteries
surrounding each character as well as the town itself. Just
who are Finder and the Missing Man? How did the town of Lost
come into existence and where is this parallel world of
forgotten things and people? In some ways, THE LOST offers
the reader more questions than answers. Some of the scenes
are gut-wrenchingly painful as THE LOST definitely has some
THE LOST feels much like a Twilight Zone episode and I love
the quirkiness and strangeness of Sarah Beth Durst's new
world. Keep your Kleenex handy while venturing into THE
LOST! My only complaint is that I have to wait till November
for the second book in this phenomenal trilogy. THE LOST is
Learn more about The Lost
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
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