Monday, September 21, 2015

The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

From Goodreads: 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, impassable 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 ...

My Rating: 3.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: When I picked up Sarah Beth Durst’s The Lost, I thought it was a YA novel. So, I was totally unprepared for the protagonist to be in her late twenties. Once I realized this and adjusted my expectations, The Lost turned out to be a pretty solid read.

I absolutely loved the premise of The Lost! The idea of a town where people and things end up if they’re lost – literally or figuratively – was really original, and the way the town was depicted … you can just feel yourself despairing of the hope of ever leaving.

While I wasn’t as in love with the characters, I did like them; and found myself relating to Lauren quite a bit. When we’re kids, I think we think that life will work out perfectly for us, but as we get older, we realize that may not be the case. Lauren, for example, tried for years to make a living as an artist before deciding to find a job that pays the bills; I myself had to go back to graduate school to find a job in my respective field and know many people who either still can’t find jobs or have found jobs that aren’t personally fulfilling.

The romance was pretty good too. Although it got annoying how often Lauren mentioned how hot Peter was, there was no insta-love. As well, even though there was an opportunity for a possible love triangle to develop, I liked that Lauren stayed true to her feelings.

The Lost was released by Harlequin MIRA in May 2014. 

Comments About the Cover: I’m not really sure why the word “Lost” isn’t written on one line, but I don’t like it.


  1. I had to do the same Z - I took a job in retail (which I hated aside from the people I worked with - I have trouble keeping a smile on my face with crabby customers) while I was trying to grow my design business, so I think I could relate to Lauren and the fact that she had to take a job to pay the bills instead of focusing solely on her art the way she wanted to. So glad this was a solid read for you! And yay for no insta-love:)

  2. I haven't heard too much about this book, but I'm glad it was a solid read for you. The premise sounds really intriguing although a bit of a downer. Thank goodness for no love triangle!

  3. I don't think I have heard of this book. But it certainly sounds interesting. Reading the synopsis I assumed it was a YA novel. I have to say I am a bit more curious about it, now that I know it's not YA.

  4. I also like the concept behind this one and thought it was YA. I've yet to read anything by Sarah Beth Durst (as far as I can remember) but this one sounds pretty good, yay for no insta-love.


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