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The Lost – Simon Beckett

I’d like to extend my great thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers Blog Tours, for organising the tour for The Lost by Simon Beckett. Published by Orion Books on 25th November 2021.


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…

Our Author – Simon Beckett


Simon Beckett is the No.1 International Bestselling author of the David Hunter series. His books have been translated into 29 languages, appeared in the Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller lists and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. A former freelance journalist who has written for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday and The Observer, the inspiration for the first David Hunter novel came after a visit to the world-renowned Body Farm in Tennessee introduced him to the work of forensic anthropologists. 

As well as co-winning the Ripper Award in 2018/19, the largest European crime prize, Simon has won the Raymond Chandler Society’s ‘Marlowe’ Award and been short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, CWA Dagger in the Library and Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. 

In addition to the six David Hunter titles, the most recent of which is The Scent of Death, he has written five standalone novels, one of which, Where There’s Smoke, was adapted into a major ITV two-part drama.

My Review – The Lost

Jonah Colley is a trained and highly qualified armed Police officer. He’s also a loner in a very busy world. He strong and determined but sometimes he has to give in to the sadness he feels inside. When his 4 year old son Theo went missing, Jonah was lost too. And when an old friend Gavin calls asking for help, Jonah goes to him, as he has nothing else to lose.

What greets him is a sight he wished he’d never witnessed and he’s left literally broken and and in a state of ‘what now’ as it looks like his career could be on the line too, as he ends up on the wrong side of the law.

Jonah is a brilliant and well written character, he’s tough but knows when he’s up against it and knows his limits, but willing to push them when needed and this is going to be the toughest fight yet. I made the mistake of starting this one night and could not out it down, so compelling and fast paced through out. The plot line is unmistakably enticing and does not let up. The whole book just keeps thundering along at a rate of knots.

The Lost is pure edge of your seat stuff and its no wonder its had such a huge success already, it’s such a great book, the life Jonah once has is no more and he’s now reliving the hell he went through again. Desperate and at his wits end to not let history repeat itself for Chrissie, his now ex-wife he has to finally save himself before he can help anyone else.

A read I would highly recommend, I know The Lost will stay with me, and thats always a sign of an excellent book.

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