A MISSING CHILD
Ten years ago, the disappearance of firearms police officer Jonah Colley’s young son almost destroyed him.
A GRUESOME DISCOVERY
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.
A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH
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…
Well, there was certainly a lot of interest in the cover for The Lost when it was first revealed! I think it’s an amazing cover that suits this action packed, emotionally draining police thriller perfectly. But for me, the most exciting thing about this cover is that it states that The Lost is THE FIRST Jonah Colley thriller which, having absolutely loved this book, was a huge relief for me! Jonah Colley is a relatable, flawed human being and I am so pleased that this isn’t the last time I get to meet him!
I do have to admit that this is the first Simon Beckett book I’ve read but it definitely won’t be the last! I was gripped from the start when Jonah goes to the aptly named Slaughter Quay to meet his old friend Gavin. What he finds there starts off a chain of events that will change his life and lead him to some shocking discoveries. It’s not the first time that Jonah has happened upon a tragic situation and that previous event broke him. This vulnerability means he has a “devil may care” attitude to what follows next that I completely understood.
This was an addictive 5 star read for me. The character of Jonah was expertly crafted and the backstory of what happened to his family previously gave him an vulnerability at odds with his job. This personal exposure left him wide open to further trauma and was carried throughout the narrative to a gripping showdown that showed Jonahs resilience and his underlying emotions. The story flowed along a river of mistrust on which Jonah seem to sail alone and I had no idea how everything would come together especially when some distressing facts come to light towards the end.
If you love police procedural thrillers then this is a book for you but it’s definitely Jonah himself that will keep your eyes glued to the page as he races towards the dramatic conclusion of The Lost. He’s one of my favourite character creations of 2021 and I can’t wait to meet him again!
JOINT WINNER OF THE EUROPEAN CRIME FICTION STAR ‘RIPPER’ AWARD 2018/19
Simon Beckett is the No.1 International Bestselling author of the David Hunter series. His books have been translated into 29 languages, appeared in the Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller lists and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. A former freelance journalist who has written for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday and The Observer, the inspiration for the first David Hunter novel came after a visit to the world-renowned Body Farm in Tennessee introduced him to the work of forensic anthropologists.
As well as co-winning the Ripper Award in 2018/19, the largest European crime prize, Simon has won the Raymond Chandler Society’s ‘Marlowe’ Award and been short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, CWA Dagger in the Library and Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year.
In addition to the six David Hunter titles, the most recent of which is The Scent of Death, he has written five standalone novels, one of which, Where There’s Smoke, was adapted into a major ITV two-part drama.
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