Welcome to the final day of November (how the heck did that even happen?!) and also the final day of the blog tour for Simon Beckett’s The Lost. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for organising this mammoth tour and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it, and to the publisher for the wonderful review copy. Also, check out my partner-in-crime and co-host Kelly’s review because she always says things way better than I do.
Author : Simon Beckett
Title : The Lost
Pages : 350
Publisher : Trapeze
Publication date : November 28, 2021
| ABOUT THE BOOK |
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 |
Mammoth blog tour, like I said. You’ve probably seen a ton of positive reviews about ‘The Lost‘ since the beginning of the month. That’s because it’s good, you guys. (Also, check out that cover! 😏) You should buy it right now. I wouldn’t mind at all if you skipped right to the bottom of this review and clicked the “buy” links.
Ten years ago, Jonah Colley’s son disappeared. While a suspect’s name was offered up at the time, lack of proof meant nothing ever came of it and the circumstances surrounding four year old Theo’s disappearance remain a big mystery to this day. A desperate plea from an old friend might just lead to some answers but the path to get there is strewn with secrets, lies and danger.
When Jonah decides to answer the old friend’s call for help, he finds himself in a place that is quite aptly called Slaughter Quay. At the end of the night, there will be four dead bodies and Jonah will be the sole survivor. The name of the person Jonah suspected of taking his son all those years ago will pop up again. But Jonah will have bigger fish to fry when he realises the police suspect him of four brutal murders and it seems as if every move he makes just gets him into more trouble.
‘The Lost‘ is the first instalment in a brand-new series featuring Jonah Colley and I dare say you’ll be left wanting more. Talk about a book grabbing you by the collar and not letting go. The opening chapter of ‘The Lost‘ starts the story off with a bang and it’s pretty much all systems go from there. Fast-paced doesn’t even come close to describing this one. There’s something somewhat relentless about it, as if time is of the essence, and if Jonah doesn’t get to sit down for a breather, then neither can you.
Jonah is a fabulous main character. Flawed and damaged, yet also determined and despite everything there is still some fight left in him. As the reader you want to warn him for whatever lies ahead, you root for him, you feel for him, you desperately want him to succeed and you are just as desperate for answers as he is. But will he find any? If so, will they be satisfactory?
Of course there are plenty of twists and turns and there is a lot to keep you guessing throughout as the reveals come bit by bit. Even though I managed to figure a little something out all by myself (proud moment 😉), that never ruined my enjoyment because there were many more questions that needed solving and I was never really able to see the bigger picture. Jonah’s search for answers takes him down a path he isn’t at all prepared for and neither was I. Gripping, compelling and exciting, ‘The Lost‘ managed to hold my attention throughout and in a year where my reading mojo took an enormous dive, that’s saying something.
Simon Beckett has somehow evaded my radar until now. An error I will endeavour to rectify as ‘The Lost‘ has definitely left me feeling like I’ve been missing out and I look forward to the second book in this series.
The Lost is available to buy!
| ABOUT THE AUTHOR |
After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications.
In 2002, as part of an article on the National Forensic Academy, he visited the Body Farm in Tennessee. This last commission was the inspiration behind the internationally bestselling The Chemistry of Death, which was shortlisted for the CWA’s Duncan Lawrie Dagger and has been translated into 21 languages.
Simon Beckett is married and lives in Sheffield.