Simon Beckett: The Lost

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for The Lost. My review is written with thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me on the tour and Trapeze for my copy of the book.



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…


I’ve been struggling with my reading mojo lately but I read The Lost in just a day. It starts with a bang and continues as it means to go on: incredibly gripping and fast paced so that I found it very difficult to put down. 

The central character is Jonah Colley and I very much enjoyed getting to know him. He doesn’t always do what you would expect and this lands him in some sticky situations but I always rooted for him and wanted him to find the answers to his questions. He has a significant back story which increased my sympathy for him. I loved the way Beckett explored Jonah’s past as this helps the reader to see the reasons behind what he does. I hope that The Lost is the beginning of a series as I am keen to continue following Jonah’s journey. 

At times towards the beginning of the novel, I could not imagine how the different strands would come together, although I was extremely intrigued. However, as we reach the end, everything becomes clearer and I was fascinated as it did. It’s very cleverly written and full of tension. 

I can’t wait to see what this author does next! 

The Lost is available from Amazon.

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