Lost You by Haylen Beck #bookreview

Happy paperback publication day to Haylen Beck!

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?

I’ve never read a Stuart Neville novel but I love his alter ego Haylen Beck and the crime novels he writes set in the USA. The debut novel Here and Gone was one of my favourite reads of 2018 ( I actually listened to it on Audible which really added a sense of terror to the narrative and I highly recommend it if you like audiobooks!) so Lost You was high on my list of anticipated reads of 2020. And what a rollercoaster of a read it was! I don’t want to talk about the plot at all as I want everyone to go through the same “emotional washing machine” that I was spun around in! The author took me on a 180 degree turnaround several times in a shocking and unexpectedly heartbreaking thriller that completely blew me away.

The exploration of what it feels like to be a mother is so eloquently crafted here, and that was an unexpected surprise in this missing child mystery. It went far deeper and in a different direction to the one that I had been expecting from the blurb but for me that really made Lost You a fabulous read. It was addictive, completely gripping and I finished it within a couple of hours as I just had to know what had happened to Ethan and why.

Once again this book has taken the “children in peril” theme and totally delivered for me. A high octane race against time with a thought provoking moral dilemma at its core, Lost You is highly recommended by me.

Haylen Beck is the pen name of internationally prize-winning crime writer Stuart Neville. Writing under his own name, Stuart won the LA Times Book Prize for his debut novel and received critical acclaim for his Belfast-set detective series starring Serena Flanagan. His Haylen Beck novels are set in the US and are inspired by his love of American crime writing.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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