On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Lost by Simon Beckett. With thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part.
A MISSING CHILD
Ten years ago, the disappearance of firearms police officer Jonah Colley’s young son almost destroyed him.
A GRUESOME DISCOVERY
A plea for help from an old friend leads Jonah to Slaughter Quay, and the discovery of four bodies. Brutally attacked and left for dead, he is the only survivor.
A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH
Under suspicion himself, he uncovers a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew – forcing him to question what really happened all those years ago…
The Lost is the first book by Simon Beckett which I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it. There’s an explosive opening as police detective Jonah Colley is called to the abandoned Slaughterhouse Quay by an old friend he hasn’t spoken to in years. But things take a drastic turn for the worse and Jonah ends up in hospital and his friend is killed. Jonah has no idea why his old friend called him there that night, but he suspects it might have something to do with his son, Theo, who went missing several years earlier.
This was such an intriguing read. I really liked Jonah and I felt sorry for him as I was reading this book. I was rooting for Jonah as I was reading the book and I wanted to see what steps he was willing to take next following what happens in the opening pages. Jonah feels an incredible sense of guilt over the loss of his son as he allowed himself to fall asleep while he was in his care on the day he disappeared. He has never had closure and he still continues to hold onto the belief that his son might still be alive. Like Jonah I wanted to find out what had happened to his son and there is real emotional depth as Jonah fights to uncover the truth.
There are lots of twists and turns as the mystery begins to unravel. There are some real shocking truths as Jonah comes closer to unravelling the mystery. There was one jaw-dropping revelation towards the end which turns the novel on its head. I couldn’t believe what I was reading when it became clear. I really liked the way how Simon Beckett brought everything together and I thought the motivations of each character was very clear. The tension turns up a notch as the plot thickens and the darkness in the story deepens. There are many obstacles thrown in Jonah’s path as well. I couldn’t believe the treatment he was receiving from some of the police officer’s who are working on the case. It made me root for Jonah even more.
I really liked how Simon Beckett explored the relationship between Jonah and his former wife. This adds to the emotion, and I thought it was interesting how their lives had taken different paths since the disappearance of their son. You can see how what happened has affected them both, although it is clearer in Jonah. As we are first introduced to his former partner through his memories she comes across as harsh and uncaring and I didn’t feel as though I connected with her until much later.
I’m excited to see that this is the first book in a new series featuring Jonah Colley and I am looking forward to seeing where Simon Beckett takes him next. This is definitely going to be an intriguing series to follow. The Lost is fast paced and really well done. I highly recommend it.
Publication date: 25th November 2021
Print length: 368 pages
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