Monday, 26 May 2014

The Lost (The Lost #1) by Sarah Beth Durst

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley.
The Lost
Blurb (From Goodreads);
Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. **

Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we'll discover just what it means to lose one's way….

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 by Sarah Beth Durst

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Lost(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley.)
27-year-old Lauren just wants to get lost for a while, as she tries to come to terms with her mother’s medical problems, but she doesn’t intend to get stuck in a town called Lost, unable to find a way home.
What is going on in Lost? And will Lauren ever go home again?

This was quite a strange story, but I think I liked it overall.

Lauren was an okay character, and I felt quite sorry for her and what she was going through with her mum. I totally understood her desire to just get lost for a while, and also her frustration when she then couldn’t get back home!

The storyline in this was a bit bizarre, and I really did feel like I had fallen down a rabbit hole. This book had a real feeling of weirdness, and remoteness, and really did remind me of Alice in Wonderland the way that Lauren was stuck somewhere strange, where the normal rules didn’t apply, and she had to look inside herself to try and find her way home.
I did find this book difficult to keep reading at times, as the bizarreness got a bit too much at points, and I found it quite difficult to make sense of what was going on. This strange air continued for most of the book, so if you like a slightly strange story, you will probably like this.
There was some romance, but it was a really small part of the storyline, so there wasn’t really anything romance-y to sink your teeth into.

The ending was interesting, although it was a little sad at points. I’m really in two minds as to whether or not I want to read the sequel though, as at points this really was a bit too bizarre for me.
This book should probably be shelved as ‘adult’ as the main character is 27-years-old, but there’s nothing in there that would be inappropriate for a young adult audience.
Overall; very strange story, with a sort of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel to it,
6 out of 10.

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