July 19, 2014

Review: The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

Title: The Lost (The Lost #1)
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release date: May 27th 2014
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC

Rating: 3.5/5

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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 her fate. 

The Lost is an adult book that´s a little peculiar, bizarre and sometimes a little disorienting and the first part of the book is somewhat confusing and didn´t know to where the story was going, but once I get used to what happens in the town of Lost, I  really enjoyed this book.

Lauren is a woman in her late twenties, she´s lost because she fears the diagnosis of her mother, since apparently her illness may have returned and instead of facing it, she decides to drive out of town aimlessly for hours until she gets to the town of Lost, once there she can´t leave no matter what she does. The people living there is very strange and they tell her that she must wait for "the missing man", because he will explain everything she needs to know, but when she meet him things doesn´t go as expected and she is trapped in The Lost and several of the residents are somewhat hostile toward her but she finds help in the enigmatic and handsome Peter and little Claire.

The story is told from the point of view of Lauren, she is a woman that´s not happy with her life at the time, and having a job she hates and her mother might be sick, which terrifies her, so while she´s trying to escape her life she ends up in Lost. Peter is her love interest, he is the "finder" of the town and usually speaks citing books and he doesn´t gives a direct answer, but he´s a great help to her and help her to adjust to her new reality. Claire is another important character, she´s a 6 year old girl that carries a knife all the time and is something like a guide and friend of Lauren.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Lost, but it took me a while to understand the plot, because that world is very strange, weird , creepy and sometimes it feels a little bit like Wonderland, but it did catch my interest and I can not wait to read the next book in the trilogy.


  1. Ooh, yes! Disorienting at its finest, but I loved how twisted it is! :D The ending was so CLIFFY! I just want to read the next book right away! Where is Peter hUUHHHH LAUREN FIND HIM GO GO

    Got a little excited! Great review ;)

  2. Hmmmm, I'm quite in the fence about this one, cause even if I don't mind when things are confusing at first, I'm not keen on explanations being avoided for too long for no good reason!
    Great review!

  3. Good review. I haven't seen this book before. Interesting that it's disorienting.

  4. I have never, not one time, been let down by Sarah Beth Durst. I don't think that it is in her to write a bad book. And Lost sounds like another of her awesome, quirky, lovely stories. I can't wait to read it I am glad that I read your review, and know that it is confusing. I know that I have to go into it with my whole brain working! Thanks for your review!

  5. Well, I am not exactly sure about this book
    it doesn't sound like the kind of book I would enjoy
    But great review, nonetheless
    Your reader

  6. I like the word bizarre on how Adriana described the book. It gives me curiosity. :)

  7. This story sounds very suspenseful to find out why she is stuck there!

  8. I don’t think i’d understand. And i don’t think i’d enjoy this book either. It somehow reminds me of Silent Hill hopefully without the disgusting part. But i’m wondering can she escape that world.

  9. One I've had on my horizon for a while now.

  10. I really want to read this book, but it's not available and will not be carried by any of the bookstores in my country. T_T

  11. I really want to read this book but sounds like I should read it when I am awake and focused! :)