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It’s not the missing who are in danger, but those left behind…. The Lost by Simon Beckett #TheLost #BookReview


Ten years ago, the disappearance of firearms police officer Jonah Colley’s young son almost destroyed him.


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.


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…

Happy Sunday book people! I hope that you’re well and welcome to my review post of Simon Beckett’s newest release The Lost. The Lost was published by Trapeze in hardback, ebook and audiobook on the 25th of November – seriously, go check it out! My thanks goes to Tracy Fenton for the invite to be on the tour, as well as Trapeze for gifting me a proof copy of The Lost in preparation of the tour.

Well, wowzers! Before The Lost, I had not read any of Simon’s work, but this Jonah Colley read definitely sets the bar and has absolutely encouraged me to pick up his previous books.

What I loved about The Lost is that you, the reader, are drawn in immediately to an adrenaline inducing situation along, where there’s a death and of course our difficult not to love protagonist sergeant Jonah Colley, has become wrapped up in the case when he’s called to the scene (prior to the crime) at Slaughter Quay. He’s at the scene, and then before he knows it he’s waking up in the hospital with the feeling that there’s something more going on and his presence at the scene was anything but unplanned.

Jonah is a layered individual, a character who draws you in with his broken humanity, a person who has been held hostage by an air of grief, one that has echoed in his heart for ten years, since the disappearance of his son. The wrenching of this loss comes to the surface when Jonah’s gut instinct says that the disappearance and the crime he is allegedly guilty of.

The Lost has the perfect balance of character development and driven plotlines, from the get go you feel like gnawing at your nails, which keeps you turning the page. The threads of the storyline unravel at a great place for maximum satisfaction of the reader, written unbelievably well and with such purpose. So what’s the connection? How has Jonah become wrapped up in this?! Read it and find out!!

Simon Beckett’s writing creates for an unputdownable, twisted book experience – I’d highly recommend, especially if you haven’t read a Beckett book as of yet! Go! What are you waiting for?! While you’re ordering, it will also make a FAB birthday gift for the bookworm in your life!

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