The Lost, by Sarah Beth Durst (book review) – lost her way & her self, forever?

book cover of The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst published by Harlequin MiraBreaking out of her normal drive to work, speeding through the desert, away from cancer specialists and Mom’s insistence that everything is fine.

“Unfortunately, I seem to have packed all my emotional baggage for this impromptu road trip,” to a strange town where her car dies and her hopes of getting home start drying up.

Travel with Lauren to Lost  as you read the first two chapters free on the author’s website.

Find this June 2014 fantasy at your local library or favorite independent bookstore, and watch for news of its sequel, The Missing.

What have you lost that you’d dearly love to get back??


Book info: The Lost / Sarah Beth Durst. Harlequin Mira, 2014.   [author site]  [publisher site]  Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: Lauren’s impulsive drive away from Mom’s illness ends in a desolate desert town that no one can leave, filled with singular people and hills of debris – all things lost by the outer world.

Folks say the young woman must learn the town’s rules from “the Missing Man” who will help her go home, but he refuses to talk to her. “The Finder” who pushed her car out of the dust storm might give her a clue, but he mostly answers in questions.

And Claire, the little girl with the teddy bear and the knife? Well, she could help Lauren stay safer in this strange place, if the Finder can convince the Missing Man to come back to Lost…

Lost things, lost dreams, lost selves – perhaps Lauren and the Finder can bring some hope to the town of Lost before her last chance to get home vanishes into the dust storm void.

Losing your way in the desert could be fatal or fated in this evocative novel of endings which could be beginnings (first in a series, too).

What do you think?

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