The Lost by Simon Beckett #bookreview #blogtour @BeckettSimon @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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.

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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…

MY THOUGHTS

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.

Publisher: Trapeze

Publication date: 25th November 2021

Print length: 368 pages

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The Lost by Mari Hannah #bookreview

The Lost (Stone and Oliver Book 1) by [Hannah, Mari]

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‘He was her child. The only one she’d ever have. It would kill her to learn that he was missing.’

Alex arrives home from holiday to find that her ten-year-old son Daniel has disappeared.

It’s the first case together for Northumbria CID officers David Stone and Frankie Oliver.

Stone has returned to his roots with fifteen years’ experience in the Met, whereas Oliver is local, a third generation copper with a lot to prove, and a secret that’s holding her back.

But as the investigation unfolds, they realise the family’s betrayal goes deeper than anyone suspected. This isn’t just a missing persons case. Stone and Oliver are hunting a killer.

MY THOUGHTS 

The Lost is a very twisty crime novel from Mari Hannah which delves into a family’s secrets when a ten-year-old child disappears.

I absolutely loved this book. It’s the first one by Mari Hannah which I have read and I was really impressed by how Mari drew everything together, especially as this was a very complex investigation that her police team were investigating. I thought it was brilliant how Mari completely threw me with the twist towards the end which was so chilling.

I think what made this novel so intriguing from the beginning was the family who were involved and at the centre of the case the police team are investigating. For me there was something that just didn’t sit right about them. I really wanted to get to the bottom of who these people were and there were so many different aspects about their personalities which kept me intrigued and searching for answers.

This book did take a very different direction to the one which I was expecting it to. We are first introduced to one of our main characters, Alex, when she is on holiday in Majorca with her sister, only to come back to the UK to discover that her son is missing. But as Mari’s two new lead detectives, David Stone and Frankie Oliver investigate; they discover that there is more to this family than meets the eye and they have to unpick the layers to get to the heart of what is really going on in the lives of the people involved.

Detectives Stone and Oliver are a welcome addition to the crime fiction world. There is a strong working and friendly relationship between them and it’ll be interesting to see how they progress from here. I suspect that there is more about Frankie to be discovered as there is a hint about something in her past which I am definitely interested to find out more about.

With a brilliant, cleverly thought out plot and addictive writing, I can’t recommend this book highly enough for crime fiction lovers. It’s a book that I found very difficult to put down. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 22nd March 2018

Print length: 416 pages

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