One Was Lost by Natalie Richards
Published by Sourcebooks on October 4, 2016
Source: eARC for review
Synopsis from Goodreads: Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.
Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious.
Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them. Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…
Review of One Was Lost by Natalie Richards
I was definitely gripped by the story and felt like I was right along there with the students, wet and cold and scared.
I think the main negative of the book for me was that, when I got to the end, I didn't feel like much of the explanation was plausible.
I also thought the hiking group suffers from a very unlucky amount of bad luck (not only bad weather, which happens, but these healthy, prime-of-their-lives teenagers tripped and fell a little too often to be believable to me.)
If you like books that really keep you guessing, I'd definitely try One Was Lost. I'm a stickler for plausibility and you may not be as bothered by the ending as I was. Or, if you haven't yet read a Natalie Richards book, try Six Months Later!