ARC Review: The Lost and the Found

The Lost and the FoundThe Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: September 6, 2016

A novel about family and relationships, The Lost and the Found explores the story of a reunited family from the point of view of Faith, the younger daughter. In their childhood, her older sister Laurel was abducted and now, 13 years later she is back home, and with it life as Faith knew it begins to change. There is a very honest portrayal of Faith’s feelings on the matter – at first she is nervous about this big change, then happy she is back, then a bit resentful about her and finally suspicious of her. As I had not read the blurb (well, I had read it months ago while requesting the galley) right before starting, I was spared the spoilers and was able to enjoy the story and the mystery that unfolds.

The story revolves around Laurel’s reappearance, and how life has always been different for Faith and her family. Her mother has always been on edge, and her media appearances have always kept their family in the limelight, something the others are not comfortable with. It also means now that Laurel is back, the media is quite focused on their family, something which Faith is tired of. Her relationships outside her family have always been carefully selected, because she doesn’t want people who are just there because of Laurel, and it makes you think how people can deceive and lie in the pursuit of fame. Also, the relationship between the two sisters, while loving, is also fraught with tension over the fact that it is obvious who is preferred more. While Laurel has definitely endured an ordeal at the hands of her captor, Faith can’t help but connect it to the fact that she tries to use it for her benefit.

The ending was unexpected – well, because I was expecting something else – but it was good. It gives a bigger impact to the meaning of family depicted throughout the book – that of caring for each other and protecting them, rather than blood ties. I loved how Faith had more of a liking to her stepfather than her parents, because he understands her better than her own biological parents, and how Faith’s loyalty to her sister precedes any other – both relationships of the soul rather than blood. On the writing, I would say it is written well, with a protagonist brought out in her complexity with the honest voice. Overall, an interesting read!

Received a free galley from Random House Children’s, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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