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The Lost by Simon Beckett

Publication Date 25 11 2021


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...

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Accomplished writing and a fast paced opening that never lets up. Time is important here and Jonah must find a way to stay ahead of that ticking clock. But this isn't any normal police procedural - this is complicated characters, intelligent plotting and a depth of emotion that is brutal at times to witness.

Full of twists and crooked turns the narrative is almost alive with friction. A compulsive read that kept me turning pages towards the reveal. Most of that I believe is down to the realistic and gritty portrayal of people that inhabit the book and the way that the author conjures up some of our worse nightmares.

Dual time lines are weaved effortlessly by Simon to give us a flawed and layered character in Jonah. Someone that we connect with. Someone we cheer on. But we do so from behind splayed fingers scared of where or what might be coming towards us. But we all have regrets right?

Edgy and Intense. Very dark. This is a fantastic read for fans of the genre.

About The Author


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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