Review: THE LOST AND THE FOUND by Cat Clarke

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 | 2 comments

The Lost and the Found



When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister. 


Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…


I haven’t been so gripped by a book in a long time; it was hard even stopping to go to the kitchen and get cake! The concept — an abducted girl returning to her family after thirteen years — is inherently fascinating, and had me hooked from the beginning.

The police tape on the cover, plus the fact I’d read Emma Haughton’s excellent Now You See Me (also based on the return of a missing child), had me expecting a thriller. The Lost and the Found isn’t a thriller in the traditional sense, but had me flipping pages as if it was. Faith is a compelling narrator, with more going on in her life than the return of her sister. There’s a slowly building sense of unease as Faith and her parents adapt to ordinary life with the returned Laurel, and it pays off satisfactorily (even if I found one element slightly predictable).

My favourite Cat Clarke book so far.


  1. Ooooh. I’m excited to read this one, it sounds amazing! Great review.

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