The Lost by Simon Beckett

Format: Hardback

Published By: Trapeze



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…

My Thoughts:

Firstly many thanks to the publishers for sending me a proof copy and with thanks to Compulsive Readers for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

This has been of my most enjoyable and top reads of the year, the writing instantly draws you into the troubled world of DS Jonah Colley, 10 years previously he literally lost his son, now the past is coming back to haunt him, and that’s as much of the plot as you are getting.

This is a cleverly constructed plot line, wonderfully brought to life on the page, the authors cleverly knits together all the strands of the plot and leaves no thread unconnected. You have to expect the unexpected, there are plenty of twists and turns to leave the reader never quite sure in which direction the story will tale you next.

The suspense and tension within in the book are constantly being ratcheted up, the drama within intense.

The way in which the author combines the past and the present and entwines them into one highly engaging thriller is ingenious as well as making for a read which you don’t really want to put down.

At the times the action is dark, tense and raw, with violence to match, packed throughout with grit, this all adds to overall feel of the book, it doesn’t shirk and as you read further you can understand why the actions however violent are taken

The plot all builds and leads to the climax as un predictable and dramatic as the rest of the story

The story is fast paced and moves seamlessly along

For all that the book is plot driven, it is the way the author brings a veritable array of characters to life and makes you believe in each one that really adds in making this a great read. The characters within you can somehow relate to, Jonah is clearly troubled by his past, somewhat flawed and this plays into some of his decision making, however, it is difficult not to like and sympathise with him on a human level, DI Fletcher on the other hand is a man you can take an instant dislike to, this is where the writing shines in bring the characters to life with their personality traits, even here your never quite sure where loyalties lie.

This is a deeply satisfying read, hooks you in and highly addictive, each chapter leaves you desperate to know what is coming next

Definitely recommend, one of the years top thrillers


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