Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blog Tour: The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

Author: Sheena Kamal
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication:July 2017

It begins with a phone call that Nora Watts has dreaded for fifteen years—since the day she gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. Bonnie has vanished. The police consider her a chronic runaway and aren’t looking, leaving her desperate adoptive parents to reach out to her birth mother as a last hope.

A biracial product of the foster system, transient, homeless, scarred by a past filled with pain and violence, Nora knows intimately what happens to vulnerable girls on the streets. Caring despite herself, she sets out to find Bonnie with her only companion, her mutt Whisper, knowing she risks reopening wounds that have never really healed—and plunging into the darkness with little to protect her but her instincts and a freakish ability to detect truth from lies.

The search uncovers a puzzling conspiracy that leads Nora on a harrowing journey of deception and violence, from the gloomy rain-soaked streets of Vancouver, to the icy white mountains of the Canadian interior, to the beautiful and dangerous island where she will face her most terrifying demon. All to save a girl she wishes had never been born.

The Lost Ones is a  suspense novel about a women whose past comes back to haunt her. For the most part, I enjoyed the book.  It was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end. I jsut didn't  love it as much as I would have hoped. 

Nora's character was interesting.  In fact, I would have to say that she was the best part of the book.  I actually really liked her even though she would probably be labeled unlikable by some readers.  I liked her honesty and her flaws.  It made her seem more real. I loved watching her work the case and her thought process.  I would have liked to see more of her amateur lie detection ability.  It was mentioned several times, but I never felt that I really got to see how it worked.  

The story was the part I ended up not loving.  I don't want to give away too much, but it was almost too unbelievable.  The reasons for the girl's disappearance was not one that I expected and I had a hard time buying into the reveal.  It was just a bit too convoluted and convenient to be real.

So while I didn't love the overall story, I did love the protagonist.  She was well written and one I want to get to know better.  I know this is a series I will want to continue in the future.

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About Sheena Kamal

Sheena Kamal holds an HBA in political science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness. Kamal has also worked as a crime and investigative journalism researcher for the film and television industry—academic knowledge and experience that inspired this debut novel. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Find out more about Kamal at her website, and connect with her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 Tour Stops
Tuesday, July 25th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, July 26th: G. Jacks Writes
Monday, July 31st: Tina Says…
Tuesday, August 1st: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Tuesday, August 1st: Always With a Book
Wednesday, August 2nd: The Book Diva’s Reads
Thursday, August 3rd: Ms. Nose in a Book
Friday, August 4th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Monday, August 7th: Readaholic Zone
Tuesday, August 8th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, August 9th: Real Life Reading
Thursday, August 10th: A Bookish Way of Life
Friday, August 11th: Booked on a Feeling

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.