Book Reviews

Lost You by Haylen Beck

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

All you have to say is “psychological thriller” and I’ll be jumping at the chance to read it. Lost You is a suspenseful thriller that I wasn’t able to put down until I’d finished reading the whole book. Read on to find out why.

Synopsis

When a little boy goes missing, his mother desperately wants to find him . . . before someone else does.

Libby would do anything for her three-year-old son Ethan. And after all they’ve been through, a holiday seems the perfect antidote for them both. Their hotel is peaceful, safe and friendly, yet Libby can’t help feeling that someone is watching her. Watching Ethan. Because, for years, Libby has lived with a secret.

Just days into their holiday, when Libby is starting to relax, Ethan steps into an elevator on his own, and the doors close before Libby can stop them. Moments later, Ethan is gone.

Libby thought she had been through the worst, but her nightmare is only just beginning. And in a desperate hunt for her son, it becomes clear she’s not the only one looking for him.

Who will find him first?

Review

Libby Reese, a soon-to-be-published author checks into a hotel with her three-year-old son for a much-deserved holiday. But what was supposed to be a fun getaway quickly turns into every mother’s nightmare when her son goes missing. What follows is a tale of twists and turns dealing with identity theft, motherhood, and surrogacy gone wrong.

Lost You arrived at just the right time for I’ve been craving a good thriller for a while now. It starts off really strong with the vacation gone wrong premise and Beck writes it masterfully. Unfortunately, with a surprising twist a quarter of the way in, the story veers off in another direction. While this change was necessary, I really missed the atmospheric nature of an abduction and police pursuit set within the four walls of a hotel.

While this change in direction to give us the flashback was necessary for the story, I felt like the atmosphere from the early pages of the book lost its steam here. While I found it a little lacking on that front, it’s still a disturbing tale nonetheless.

Once you suspend your disbelief at some of the twists and the morality of characters’ actions, Lost You is a gripping tale with the right mix of action and emotion. I may not have been as captivated halfway in as I was initially, but the story is tense and intriguing enough for any thriller lover to give it a chance.

Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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