Review of The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

Published by Crown Books on September 13, 2016

Source: ARC from publisher for review

Synopsis from Goodreads

THE LOST: When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. 

Since then, Faith’s childhood has revolved around her sister’s disappearance—from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention, to dealing with so-called friends who only ever want to talk about her missing sister. 

THE FOUND: Now, thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the front yard of the Logans’ old house, disoriented and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Can her sister finally be back? 

Faith always dreamed of her sister coming home; she just never believed it would happen. But soon a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated from her family and paranoid about her sister’s motives. 

Before long, Faith begins to wonder if it’s the abduction that’s changed her sister, or if it’s something else. . . .

Review of The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

I have a weird fascination with stories about people who are possibly impersonating someone else. There's something fascinating to me about how we recognize others, what tiny quirks of behavior would convince us that a person is really someone familiar to us, and what tiny mistakes would convince us that person is actually an impostor.  

I loved Homeland (or at least the first couple seasons...) and The Likeness by Tana French. There was a huge YA trend in this kind of books a while back, but that's died down a bit, so I was happy to see this book about a girl whose sister was abducted and then returns more than a decade later. 

Faith's parents are understandably and incredibly relieved to get their daughter back, but Faith feels more ambivalent about her sister's return. Who is this strange person and is she really Faith's sister?

There was a lot I did like The Lost and the Found. 

The story begins as Faith's now broken family receives the news that her missing sister Lauren has been found. I was impressed and moved at the way Clarke succinctly describes the toll that Lauren's disappearance has taken on the family. 

The girls' mother jumps every time the phone rings. Their parents have split up and their father moved in with a male partner. I thought it was an interesting choice to have Faith be so young when her sister vanished. I think a child that young wouldn't have clear and concrete picture of her sister -- just those odd, vivid, fragmented memories that we have of our childhood. 

Faith isn't sitting there picking apart the way her sister has changed; she just feels that something is off about her. Faith's lack of clarity about who her sister actually was felt frustrating at times, but it did work well in the story.

The Lost and the Found is fairly slow-paced -- enough so that it may bother some readers. I didn't mind the fact that it moved slowly, but must admit that at times I looked at the chunk of pages I'd read and thought "wow, not much has happened." I wouldn't call it a thriller -- the suspense is subtle and builds very gradually to a conclusion.

Recommended if you don't mind slow-building suspense!


  1. I've been strangely drawn to stories like this as of late. I definitely need to add this one to the TBR!

    The Bookish Loner

  2. This sort of sound like the short-lived TV show The Family from last year. I was OBSESSED with that show bc I loved the idea that maybe the returned kidnapped kid wasn't the kid he was claiming to be. I think that's fascinating. Plus the relatives of the child are basically being victimized twice and that sucks.... but it's still really intriguing. I'll definitely be putting this on my TBR. Great review!

  3. Your opening paragraph reminded me of a book I just finished, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, which was absolutely brilliant. I can handle the slower pacing and the build-up. It might be worth it.

  4. You had me until Slow moving...hehe I guess I am a very impatient reader. I just don't like to have to read through muck to get to the good. I needs to start off well enough to keep me interested. Great review though!

  5. I've seen this one around and I think it would be a decent read with knowing or feeling something is off, but to have a 400+ page book that is slow is kind of a turn off. If it was like 200 pages, then maybe.

  6. This book reminds me of The Stranger Game! I read it last week and it sounds a little similar. I think you'll enjoy that one, too, if you have the chance to read it.

  7. Hm this book sounds interesting but at the same time I'm still not convinced yet. I do like the sound of the plot, but the slow pace might bother me if it's done a little too much and things take a little too long.


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