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The Lost Daughter

3.23  ·  Rating Details ·  1,053 Ratings  ·  165 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
ebook, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 17, 2012 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2012 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Dec 10, 2012 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 22, 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
Sep 17, 2012 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vikki Beardsley-scuro
loved this story
Jul 16, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching and beautiful! Deals with some pretty serious issues in a way that is understanding.
Chris Luzeckyj
Oct 24, 2012 Chris Luzeckyj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 &am
Feb 22, 2014 Bookish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
This wasn't the best book I have ever read, and it wasn't the worst. The characters said and did what you expected them to say and do, and the ending was more or less predictable. I did enjoy the book overall, despite it being a middling read.

I read a number of reviews of this book, with varying degrees of criticism, and the one that stuck out to me was the one complaining about the characters always looking back instead of putting the past behind them. That is an impossible expectation for real
I talked to several friends who read this before me and both said that they felt it started out slow. I was delighted to discover that I felt the opposite. The story gripped me at the beginning and I was eager to read more. However, as the book progressed, I felt like I got bogged down in too many story lines. I know most books have a main issue that the author writes around and has subsequent smaller ones but I struggled with what seemed like many important issues and it seemed a little tedious ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Jun 01, 2012 Charlotte Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Cyrus Webb
Jan 13, 2013 Cyrus Webb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2014 Shoshanah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was completely different from what I expected. I had assumed from the title that it was about a daughter who goes missing, but as you find immediately in the prologue that isn't the case at all. This did throw me for a bit, and while I've always had a bit of a fascination reading about kidnappings or missing children, I was more than up for the actual story.

This book did start out extremely slow though. It's one of those books where you want to scream at the characters, "Just talk to e
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May 09, 2012 Fredsky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca Sutton
Oct 01, 2012 Rebecca Sutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2012 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2014 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2012 MaryHelen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 09, 2015 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this was hard to read at times, yet I found it hard to put down. Brooke and Alex made bad choices while they are young and stupid that effects the rest of their life. They went their separate ways back then but after a divorce and the loss of his son, Alex returns to make things right. Brooke must face the truth of what she did so she can forgive herself and move forward. A haunting and emotional read.
Carley Herron
Mar 09, 2015 Carley Herron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a flop. First, what isn't predictable is not realistic and is really disgusting. Whether you are for or against abortion, two teenagers could not bring about a 3rd trimester abortion with a spoon. There was a lot of detail in the book that was put in there to lengthen the story, it seemed. This is not well written. I will not read another book by this author.
Ashley Hartford
Jan 06, 2015 Ashley Hartford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something to be said for this authors ability to create such strong contrasting characters. Their culture and background is identifiable but not suffocating. Some may not be able to handle the graphic nature of this but if you can, this book feels real. It touches on a very raw emotion in us all; guilt. You'll think of the characters for days after and grieve with them.
Carrie Wegner cecchi
Started out slow. I can see how the opening could be offensive and turn off some readers. I persisted thru it and came out a fan of this book. In the beginning I just wanted to tell the main characters to get over it and move on with their lives. Keep reading--it gets better and redeems itself for the slow start.
Eileen Patterson
Dec 02, 2012 Eileen Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 15, 2012 Pamela Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2012 Gale Strong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was ok  ·  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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