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Lost And Found

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  42 reviews
60! Stellar Amazon Reviews & counting! . . . An autism cure will kill millions unless a service dog and his trainer find a missing child . . . in 24 hours.

"Amy Shojai’s LOST AND FOUND wraps family secrets, murder, and medical miracles around the small form of an autistic child. Riveting, heart-wrenching, and brilliant, here is the debut of a stunning talent." --James R
Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 20th 2012 by Cool Gus Publishing/Who Dares Wins (first published January 1st 2012)
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Amy Shojai
Jan 30, 2014 Amy Shojai rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Lost And Found by Amy Shojai


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"Lost and Found" is a fine addition to thriller collections with a family focus." Micah Andrew, Midwest Book Review

"If you love animals as I do, this one is special." 1/13 Jack Quick for

Kim wrote: "...Robert Crais's Suspect...all the dog stuff was spot-on and reminded me of how Amy Shojai did it in her thriller."

Veryl wrote: "Not since The Art of Racing in the Rain, has a canine character had such a c
Kassandra Lamb
What a well-written book, especially for a debut novel. Ms. Shojai is not a novice writer; she has many non-fiction books and articles on pet health under her belt. Now, in this story of an autistic child and his service dog lost in a snowstorm, the aunt that is trying desperately to find him and the mother who will do anything to cure him, this author has proven that she can write fiction as well. Both the settings and the characters are well developed in this fast-paced intriguing book.

I parti
Gina's Library
I read this book for Promotional Book Tours for a fair and honest review.

This book starts out in a unique way. It takes from a dog's point of view of how things are taking place. I found that an original way to do things.

The summary of this book does not do this book justice. It is so much more than the summary shows.

What would you do for someone you love? Probably anything right? So does September, and her sister April. They would do anything and everything to protect Steven.

This book is a gra
This is one of the most unique story lines I have read in a while. Besides being a riveting story, the inclusion of the German Shepard, Shadow, as a character in the novel is truly fascinating. To follow along in the dog's head and see his need to please, obey, take care and understand is a wonderful twist that brought me into the story quickly.

As the story quickly progresses, the growing suspense with the continuing rise of danger and deaths makes it impossible to stop turning the pages. The st
Mary Shafer
Dec 02, 2014 Mary Shafer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thriller fans, pet lovers
Recommended to Mary by: Read an excerpt from the author's blog
Shelves: critters, fiction
"Holy Crapiocca!" as the protagonist, September Day, would say. What a read!

Though author Amy Shojai has proven her chops as a prolific and knowledgeable nonfiction writer in the field of pet training and care, that kind of skill doesn't always translate to the fiction genre. I'm here to tell you if you have any reservations about that issue, cancel them right now and run -- don't walk -- to buy a ticket on the breathless ride that is Ms. Shojai's fiction debut.

It's been a while since a story ha
September Day is a animal trainer and pretty good at her job, she moved back to Texas after her husband a police officer got killed.
She locks herself pretty much u in her house when she is working on her item in a radio show (gives advise for pets) her phone keeps on calling, she ignores it and then her sister calls the studio phone line in panic telling her that Steven (her autistic nephew run away with his puppy)

September pretty much leaves the show and her house in a hurry to find her nephew.
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I have to admit that at first I was skeptical about how much I was going to enjoy the book – because I felt upon reading the jacket copy that too much of the plot had been disclosed (don’t worry, I was partially wrong). And the first few chapters were a bit rough, for lack of a better word – it took me a little while to get into the feel of her writing which is very stark (for lack of a better word) as well as the one POV being from Shadow, the German Shepherd puppy
This was a great read! The action starts quickly and never lets up. I really enjoyed reading Shadow's "good-dog" perspective throughout the story, and all the human characters were well-written and enjoyable as well. I am looking forward to reading more adventures with Shadow and September and learning more about September's mysterious back story.

I did find a few minor editing oversights, but it was well-written and didn't have as many errors as many Kindle books I've read. However, in Chapter 2
Wow! What a wild ride! When I was first asked to review Lost and Found, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Service Dogs? Kidnappings? Autism? Medical drama? I was a little concerned about how all of those were going to relate to one another, but my concerns were unfounded because once this story got rolling, I was completely swept away. Shojai melded all of these things together in a nearly seamless flow.

Written in third person, the narration alternates between different perspectives. The primary cha
Debra Lobel
Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and has written 26 Award-Winning Pet Care Books. She has also developed a dog training vocabulary game. She uses this knowledge to create her first book of fiction. Lost and Found is definitely a "Thriller with a BITE".

There are many interesting characters in the story - both human and animal. The main character, September, is an animal behavior specialist - just like the author. September's relationship with her family is very complicated, he
It is an ordinary day…except that there is an unusual blizzard in North Texas, which has the whole area in an uproar. Then the call came. “Lost and Found” is a fictional work by Amy Shojai, in which the main character, September Day, has a past which is causing her to have difficulties facing the present. She is plunged into a situation, which has her running, against all odds, to save her seven year old nephew, who has autism, and his companion dog. What is worse is that there is a deadline loo ...more
Angela Wallace
This was a great, entertaining book. The plot twists and secrets that were gradually revealed I did not see coming. I love when I can't guess where the story is going. The story alternated between three primary characters and glimpses into a few others. I liked getting a whole picture of everything, but a few times that meant some revelation at the end of one character's chapter wasn't explained until several chapters later. It left me feeling a little lost sometimes, but not so much I couldn't ...more
Riveting, fast-paced, page-turner thriller. Could not put this book down and happily spent an entire Saturday afternoon devouring it. Strong characters, an unexpected blizzard in northern Texas; good guys and bad guys, and two engaging animals added to the mix: a Main Coon cat with attitude and a nine month old, German Shepherd pup - a novice service dog that will steal your heart.

Reading this book felt like I was on a roller coaster or, better yet, flying down a river on a white water rafting
Dec 17, 2012 Mike added it
Having just finished the book "Lost and Found" by Amy Shojai, I have nothing but praise for the book. A compelling story, with realistically drawn characters, this book is a page turner from the beginning, to the end. There are several twists, that you just don't see coming! When a child disappears with his assistance dog, the protagonist, must use all of her strengths to help find them. I loved the use of chapters from the point of view of Shadow, the assistance dog to help show the reader how ...more
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This was a fast paced, suspenseful novel. It completely threw me for a loop and surpassed my expectations. Amy Shojai is a talented writer, I’d never have thought a book where two of the main characters were animals would make such an extraordinary novel but it does! September Day’s character development was steady throughout the novel, you could really grasp where she’s coming from. All in all a fantastic book, I’m so thrilled to ...more
A Thriller With Bite!

For Amy Shojai's first foray into fiction, Lost & Found is a home run! Suspenseful right from the beginning, the action never stops. September is in a race against time to save her sister April and her nephew Stephen from some very evil people. It seems that at every turn, there's more blood and mystery. September is lightly introduced - in order to learn more, I read the book as quickly as possible. I had trouble putting it down, in fact.

I highly recommend this book to
Patricia Sands
Lost and Found is not a story for the meek of heart or anyone with a short attention span! Amy Shojai has cleverly crafted a tale that grabs you from the beginning and keeps you in the middle of a gripping, action-packed story right to the end. Her characters are so believable there are times you feel you are not reading fiction. With her expertise in animal behaviour, Shojai writes much of the story from the perspective of Shadow, an autism service dog, adding a wonderful and different dimensio ...more
Like Robert Crais in Suspect, Shojai writes part of the book from the dog's perspective. And like Crais, her canine protagonist is a German Shepherd. As the pack leader of two GSDs, how could I resist?

Great read. The story pulled me along, kept me intrigued and involved, which is my #1 requirement for a good book. I appreciated the ending. It was not depressing, but it was also not "And everyone lived happily ever after". There were enough loose ends that perhaps the author will create a series
I read my review copy of Lost and Found very quickly! I enjoyed her style of writing and loved the dog's point of view that peppered the story. While the bad guys appeared early in the story, I wasn't reading the book to discover who the villains were. I read it to enjoy the September and Shadow's journey. And the ending wasn't quite what I expected! No completely tidy ending here! I'm looking forward to the next book featuring these two characters.
Amy Casner
If I had been buying this from the bookstore I might not have gotten it. What a missed adventure it would have been.

Right from the start it grabs ahold of you and doesn't let go. Amy Shojai takes you for a ride that you won't soon forget.

I recieved this book on Friday and couldn't put it down until I finished the last page at five a.m. needing to know how it ended.

I look forward to reading more fiction from Amy Shojai in the near future.
I couldn't stop reading this book except for when I had to go to bed. I loved the way the climax and falling action of this book goes and my favorite part is how September gets to keep Shadow and Macy. (I hate it when animals die or have to be given away.) I also love Shadow's point of view chapters. Amy Shojai knows exactly how to get into a dogs mind. I would love to read a sequel, especially if Macy got a view point as well as Shadow!
Carrie Ann Lahain
September Day is an animal behavior expert and dog trainer who has recently returned home to Heartland, Texas after the deaths of her husband and beloved dog. Though we don't learn the blow-by-blow details, it seems they were murdered by someone who had been stalking September over many years. This has left September a prisoner of her own fear--and of a home she's remodeled into a virtual fortress. She lives a simple, quiet life with her cat Macy and hosts a pet advice show on the local radio. U ...more
Lynette Barfield
Amy Shojai is an IAABC behavior consultant and author of 26 pet care books. This experience really shows in this outstanding book. I began the book quite sure I wouldn't like it because it is definitely not my genre. My attitude changed very quickly and I wound up loving it. I am a dog lover but I don't read dog books. Mystery and adventure is usually what I choose, but Amy has changed that. I will soon read her second novel, Hide and Seek and I expect to love it as well. This is a well written ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Stevie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this! She writes animals well -- along the lines of _The Art of Racing in the Rain_ and _The Story of Edgar Sawtelle_ -- two of my favorites. A lot of insight into the fears of parents of out of control or autistic children too. Good characterization.
My thoughts:
Great read! A wide variety of creative characters - and of course the fantastic animal characters (which are my favorites --- huge animal lover here!).
The story is fast paced, mysterious and thrilling. I liked how the perspective changed in each chapter, adding to the intrigue and fleshing out the story and plot.
I wasn't sure what I was going to think of the book when I first met some of the characters, but found myself gripped by the story within the first 20 pages.
I had not read th
Becky Hummer
This book was amazing! I got so wrapped up into the characters and it keeps you on the edge of your seat with action. I want to read more about September Day and Shadow.
This was an awesome read. The story was good, it moved along at a fast pace and kept me so into it I could'nt put it down. Would recommend to anyone.
I did not want to put this book down. Wonderful read! I got this book as a free ecopy through StoryCartel.
Michael Sherer
I read the opening chapters of Amy Shojai's debut thriller LOST AND FOUND with growing enthusiasm. Solid writing, descriptive language, subtext that hinted at a very conflicted and complex protagonist with a past in the person of September Day, animal behaviorist, a sense of humor amidst rising tension as the story gets underway (having to do with oddly named characters), and a unique point-of-view in the narrative (through the prestidigitation of a little anthropomorphism) all signaled terrific ...more
Jess Witkins
I'm fortunate to have gotten to review the audio book, read by the author, Amy Shojai. First off, Amy is a wonderful reader and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her book in her own voice - or rather voices.

This book isn't typically what I would pick up to read, but I'm so glad she asked me to! The plot grabs you immediately and the reader (or listener) is drawn into September's world. I think the part that captured my attention so greatly is the notion of what a person, especially a parent, wo
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Amy Shojai has been reinventing herself for years. She writes THRILLERS WITH BITE! in her debut thriller LOST AND FOUND that features a service dog, hero cat and assorted mayhem. The sequel HIDE AND SEEK continues the story with terror from the past revisiting the heroine. The next book in the series, SHOW AND TELL, will be released in 2015.

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