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The Lost Daughter

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  807 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Brooke O'Connor--elegant, self-possessed, and kind--has a happy marriage and a deeply loved young daughter. So her adamant refusal to have a second child confounds her husband, Sean. When Brooke's high school boyfriend Alex--now divorced and mourning the death of his young son--unexpectedly resurfaces, Sean begins to suspect an affair.
For fifteen years Brooke has kept a sh...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Berkley Books
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I am not happy that I paid money for this book. Weak moment at Target:(...My decision to purchase this book weighed mostly on one of my favorite author's (Wally Lamb) recommendation comment on the cover of the book.

*This review DOES contain spoilers*

Let me list my reasons for my dislike of this book:
First of all, let me state that I am pro-choice, BUT not as a method of birth control in the third trimester.

#1) This is supposed to be two very smart teens at the time of their decision to go to...more
I received this book for free from GR First Reads and was looking forward to reading it, but I couldn't get through the first few chapters. The language that was used and the details of the birth and sex just turned me off. I feel like a story can be told without using the language and the detail that was used in this book. And okay, maybe the gorey details of the birth were needed for later in the story, to really understand what happened to her, but I even went several chapters farther into th...more
Michelle Robinson
I have not read nearly as much as I'd like to lately.

I have to say, this book was such a great choice to begin 2013 with.

I found the basic premise of the novel to be interesting and compelling.
There was an slight element of mystery in the novel, I like that nothing felt too contrived or forced.

It was easy to go on this journey with Sean, Nadja, Brooke and Alex.

Overall, these were flawed people, however, they were people I could empathize with. While their choices were at times were horrible,...more
I couldn't finish this book. I kept telling myself I was still reading so I could find out what happened in the end, but halfway through I realized even that wasn't true, and I really didn't care. I found the characters unlikable and pretty stereotypical, the mood of the story depressing and sad with no redeeming reason, and the big "secret" was literally revealed in the first chapter. I felt bogged down by all the overdone emotion, and could pretty much tell how the whole thing was going to pla...more
Lori Anderson
Mar 25, 2012 Lori Anderson added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I just had to stop reading it. First, the opening chapter was incredibly graphic and disturbing and for anyone who has strong feeling about abortion or have had an abortion or ... geez, really anybody -- it's a really, really hard chapter.

The other reason I couldn't finish it is the main character, Brooke, was entirely unsympathetic to me (which is hugely ironic). She read as a weak character to me. Her husband annoyed me. Alex had too much of the martyr to him. The only person I really liked wa...more
I did not like this book. At all. It's one of those books that I only finished because I have to finish all books I start.

I did not like any of the characters, except for the grandfather. He was the only one with any sense.

Sean was horrible. I hated how whinny and insecure he was. I hated how he would not accept the fact that his wife didn't want to be pregnant again. Her body, her choice is my opinion.

I hated how stuck in the past Brooke and Alex were. I hate everything about everyone.

Bad, bad...more
Christie Kushnir
This was a great book to read! It was a total page turner and always left me wanting to read more!! At first there were some part that were a little boring which made me start to slow down when reading, but that only lasted a couple of pages. I enjoyed reading this book because something unexpected takes place which leaves you on the edge of your seat. It is a good book to read and the author did a great job ending the chapters suspenseful to make you want to turn that page and keep reading no m...more
Cyrus Webb
Sometimes we are so lost in our past that it is impossible to fully live in the present. That is what Lucy Ferriss reminds us of in her amazing story THE LOST DAUGHTER. We meet Brooke and Alex: two individuals who have been joined by pain, grief and shame and have not been able to wash themselves of a horrible occurrence in their lives that affects everything that they do. Even after they have moved on in other relationships, they are joined to the hurt of the past, and new challenges in their l...more
Charlotte Lynn

While in high school Brooke finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Alex, her high school sweetheart, finds himself in the horrible place of having to deliver prematurely the baby in a seedy hotel room. Having hidden the pregnancy no one realizes that they just dispose of the newborn.

Fifteen years later, Brooke is married and has a daughter with her husband, Sean. Alex is recently divorced after suffering the death of his young son. Neither Alex nor Brooke have shared the burden of their secret wit...more
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Chris Luzeckyj
This was a fabulous book! I initially gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because I thought it started off rather slowly with a lot of flash backs & background information. However, in retrospect, I believe this was an integral part of the story. It was imperative to feel the emotions of the characters then, so that you could better understand why the secret they kept for so long was still haunting them. For me, this is a 5 star book!

Without giving too much away, the novel centers around Brooke &...more
I was tricked into reading this book by Wally Lamb. I appreciate his warm words on the cover more than I do the book itself. The story begins with two kids and a thwarted birth in a motel. Fifteen years later, they deal with the consequences. A great deal of suffering is talked about as the plot develops into two and a half families, two severely disabled young women, and a rich stew of emotions bubbling away. But I didn't feel much of it. The upper-middle-middle class families were predictably...more
I started reading this book while vacationing in New England. I lived in Hartford for several years and had no idea the book was set in that location. I finished reading it driving home along 80 through Scranton. It was all a bit surreal. All that being said I didn't love the characters. Really wanted to ring their necks for their intelligence and abhorrent stupidity. But I appreciated they were flawed in very real ways and the story took twists that were not always expected. In the end it was a...more
Rebecca Sutton
A lot of people I have found didn't like the tone and disturbing nature of this book. I think the pretty cover throws people off. So don't let the cover fool you. It definitely is not a light hearted read. However it is really good.

The characters are really unlikeable in the beginning, but that is what kept me reading. I was tired of perfect characters in every book I read. It is a good story about redemption and closure. The only things I didn't like were little inconsistencies in the support...more
Valerie Stewart-rice
Excellent book recommended it to several patrons and so far all have loved it. It really grabs you from the very first page.
Familiar theme but with a few twists. I liked the characters even though they were flawed.
I loved this book. Wonderful storylines, the characters were believable, the conversations were as well. I'm glad I found this book!
I read the first chapter three weeks ago. It was a very interesting chapter which would normally have caught my attention to keep reading. However I was convinced that I knew just how the book would progress & what the outcome would be. Didn't touch it after that for three weeks. Spoke to my daughter who had also read it. She said she had felt the same way at first. She urged me to keep reading it. I'm glad I did. Several interesting twists & surprises that I was not expecting. Once I pi...more
Touching and beautiful! Deals with some pretty serious issues in a way that is understanding.
Engaging storytelling with fresh, well-developed characters.
A slower start but a good book. Takes you through a lot of emotions for all of the main characters. I can see why some got angry when reading this book but if it gets you that worked up then it must be well written. It is not a fairy tale or love story but a story of bad choices and how the two deal with their choices and roles in those choices throughout the next 15 years. I kept reading to see how they would try to find or find closure from these events. It puts characters to some of the most...more
This book started off graphically, but I found it interesting from start to finish. A story of love, loss, guilt, and redemption, the characters were well drawn - mostly just regular people who try to do their best. Like people everywhere, along the way some of them make bad assumptions and big mistakes. Brooke and Alex were tragic but very real characters. I found the characters Sean, Najda, and the old Polish grandfather especially memorable.
This book had a total of 3 chapters that I didn't dislike. 3 out of 33 is not a good ratio (especially since I am not hard to please when it comes to novels).

I should probably start off with the fact that this book was recommended to me by someone who had purchased it and enjoyed it. So I will happily validate that some people may like this novel. I was not one of those people.

This book had such potential. It's story was genuinely touching, but it felt like a sundae without the ice cream. It was...more
Amazing, sad, sweet, and beautiful all in one.
Sep 20, 2013 Jalawa03 marked it as finish-reading-later  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book and I read some. The pages that I did read were engaging. However, me being a faithfully addicted B&N member, I started on another and couldn't put that one down. I have a couple of friends who have this book and deems it as excellent. So excited to continue reading it. The synopsis automatically draws you in if you're a psychological thriller junkie like myself.
This book received a lot of negative reviews, but overall once it got going, I liked it.
Eileen Patterson
Give this book time. At about 120 pages or so, it becomes riveting and stays that way for the rest of its story. I admit, I wanted to drop kick all of the main characters in those first 120 or so pages, and still kinda wanted to drop kick most of them after that, but I got to understand them better, and the book was well worth reading.
Pamela Murray
I picked this book up from the fairly bad selection at the grocery store, looking for something light but palatable. I found something far more complicated and interesting, and in many ways exceptionally lovely. It required a little patience, but this is an excellent book about love and guilt and redemption.
Gale Strong
This book hooked me immediately and I could hardly bear to put it down. I had to wrestle with myself to keep from reading the ending before I finished the book. I found it a powerful and moving story. I will definitely read any other books that Lucy Ferriss writes....
Feb 21, 2012 Barb rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only those over 21!
Compelling, but a definite rip-off of The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Pretty trashy, beware of language and smut. I probably shouldn't have finished reading it, but I have a hard time not finishing a story once started.
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"Vivid, compelling, as ineluctable as a Greek tragedy." So writes Claire Messud (THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS) of Lucy Ferriss's forthcoming novel, A SISTER TO HONOR.

Born in St. Louis, Lucy has lived on both coasts, in the middle, and abroad. Her recent novel THE LOST DAUGHTER was a Book of the Month pick and a Barnes & Noble bestseller. Her memoir UNVEILING THE PROPHET was named Best Book of the Year b...more
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