Sep 7, 2018

Book Review: The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

The Lost Ones (Nora Watts #1)
The Lost Ones
The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal, June 26, 2018; William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: thriller set in Vancouver

My review: Nora Watts is an interesting and unusual main character who gets our sympathy because of the violence in her background as a mixed race young woman who grew up in the foster care system. 

She is asked to find  Bonnie, the child she gave up for adoption fifteen years earlier, whom she thought she would never see again.  The adoptive parents have approached her, asking for her help to locate the missing teen. Nora is reluctant at first, but many characters help her, many others get in her way. The plot is complex, as are the characters, and I got to see a side of Vancouver and British Columbia I never knew. The writing is fluid and well executed. Five stars. The Lost Ones was just awarded Best New Novel at the Macavity Awards

Book beginning:
The call comes in just after five in the morning. 
I am immediately on guard because everyone knows nothing good ever happens this early. Not with a phone call, anyway. You never get word that a wealthy relative has passed and is leaving you his inheritance before 9 A.M. It's fortunate, then, that I'm awake and on my second cup of coffee so I'm at least moderately prepared.  

Page 56:
Everything is in order, which means that the girl is at least too smart to leave clues behind. 

I received this book as an ARC from the publisher

Memes: The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader 
Also, the 12th Annual Canadian Book Challenge by The Indextrious Reader. 


Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I love books set in the Pacific Northwest. I will look for this one. My Friday Quotes

Kathy Martin said...

This does sound good. I would keep reading. This week I am spotlighting Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great opening lines! You had me at "growing up in foster care." Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “GOOD LUCK WITH THAT”

Harvee said...

Great! I hope you get a chance to read it!

Harvee said...

Those opening lines do grab you!

Harvee said...

So do I, though I've never gone north of San Francisco.

fredamans said...

Sounds like a fantastic read! Happy weekend!

Harvee said...

Thanks, Fredamans.

Sassy Brit @ said...

Absolutely nothing good can come from a really early morning call... great teaser!!

Here's my Friday post. Hope you're enjoying your weekend! x

Harvee said...

A heck of a way to start a book!

Daniela Ark @ BOOKIVERSE ( said...

stories about growing up in the system are so dark and emotional!

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