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The Lost (The Lost #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,075 Ratings  ·  261 Reviews
It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassable dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published May 20th 2014)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Jun 14, 2014 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I am lost.

But I couldn’t face the truth. That’s why I left, why I drove straight, why I left Mom alone to face the news by herself. What kind of person does that? A person who deserves this. A person who deserves to lose what she treasures. I deserve to be lost, to never see home again, to never swim in the ocean again.
This book reminds me of the song Hotel California.
"Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said 'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device.'"
I’m sure t
Ash Wednesday
May 27, 2014 Ash Wednesday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and The Twilight Zone
”Do you trust me?”
It’s a line from a dozen romantic movies, and if I were the romantic sort, this is where I would swoon, take his hand, and pledge my devotion. I’m not romantic, but I’m also not stupid. So I take his hand and lie.

This one’s probably going to get a lot of dissenting opinions across my friends’ list, and if you’re the kind of reader who can latch on an inconsistency like a rabid dog to a bone, this might be a tough sell for you.

A book that is part Alice, part Pete
DNF - 5% (I know, but dude... O_O)

This writing.. I just can't.

"The night air is warm but the breeze is nice. It tickles my neck and whispers in my ear. [...] I step over a soiled sweatshirt. There’s a wallet lying on the curb. I pick it up and flip it open to see a driver’s license and an array of credit cards. I’ll hand it in at the lobby.

I find a second wallet outside the lobby door. And a third in the cacti. I pick them up as well and wonder what sort of party involved flinging wallets and
Featured on my 2014 favourites list!

THIS is what a quirky, dry humoured character SHOULD be.

4.5 stars rounded up because I couldn't bring myself to give this a 4.

This is one of my favourite new reads so far this year.

Plot: Lauren Chase didn't make plans to travel into the desert, she just decided not to turn at the traffic lights on her way to work and kept on driving. Until she was lost. Until she found herself in a town called Lost. Where the people are crazy, the dust storm never ends, and
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato
“To quote a certain cat, ‘we’re all mad here’”

The Lost is pretty hard book to review. I want to say so many things about it but at the same time I don’t know where to start and how to even express my feelings for this book.

Perhaps I should start off by saying that not everyone will love this book and the major reason for that, I believe, is the writing. The writing is weird and choppy and so confusing at times and it took me a while to ge
Jan 05, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, own
Things I've lost:

A dozen chapsticks
24 dragon bookmarks
A library book by Poul Anderson that I never finished
Several bags of candy intended for Easter baskets

Things I've found:

That Sarah Beth Durst is one of the most creative and astonishing writers working today.
That I enjoy the hell out of every one of her books, though at times they are so intense that I have to just put it down for a minute and breathe.
That even though I'm not a romance person, there was not nearly enough kissing in this boo
Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
I won this through a Goodreads giveaway.

This was an interesting idea. I even had a dream stemming from this book. Alas, the idea was not executed to its full potential.

There were endless different kinds of lost items and a fair description of the town of Lost, and yet it felt so much was missing from the narrative. Everything in this book was somehow lacking. The passing of time was glossed over. The threat of people trying to kill the heroine didn't feel at all urgent or, well, threatening.


The Lost presents a familiar premise where a daughter decides that she would much rather get in the car and go driving in an unfamiliar direction than go home and find out whether her mom’s cancer is back. She drives through a dust storm and ends up, officially, in Lost: a place where all things and people who are lost go.

The novel is certainly innovative but I have come to expect that from Sarah Beth Durst whose novels I may not always like but always appreciate for their originality.

I began th
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
May 23, 2014 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: Buddy-read with Glass!
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

There are books that dance on tightrope between reality and imagination and all I can say for this one is - it's quite a dancer. I have no idea which genre to put it in. For me this book was everything I needed without knowing so. It captured me and took me to another world I did not expect to see.

Welcome to Lost! One sign, one city which changes everything. Without giving away too much it's a city of lost - dreams, hopes, lives and rebuilding and recreatin
This review can also be found at my blog, There were books involved...


Actual rating: 4.5 stars

When I first heard about The Lost , I was a goner. That is to say, the blurb appealed to me like CRAZY, and I knew I had to have this book in my life. Why? Well, did you read the blurb?! It's about a girl who finds herself stuck in a town made up of lost things and lost people and lost dreams . I don't know about you, but that premise alone was enough to have me dying to
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

From an initial, chilling fall into darkness, Sarah Beth Durst brings hope and magic to a horrific, almost apocalyptic landscape. Don’t pick up this book unless you have time to make it through at least the first half of Lauren’s journey, as her grief and circumstances will make it painful to leave her until she finds her footing.

Of course, “finding her footing” probably implies more hope than is warranted. Lost is a chilling place populated by lost so
Sep 28, 2014 Cheryl rated it did not like it
I was definitely drawn into this book but the back cover. Sadly, this is another book that is deceiving. It started out ok. Laura is driving and decides to stop for the night in the town of "Lost". The next day, Laura is leaving town when a strange sand storm appears out of no where. Laura survives the sand storm only to find herself reentering Lost. Every time she tries to leave, she gets stuck in the same sand storm and ends up right back where she begins. Sounds like an episode of the ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-or-galley
This and other reviews can be found on My Friends Are Fiction

The Story:
This was my first novel to read by Durst and I had no clue what to expect. I had hit that request button on Shelf Awareness because I was drawn to the cover. When I started to read I’d heard nothing about this book so had zero preconceived notions or expectations. I was in for quite the surprise because I adored this book and now desperately need to read more of this author’s work.

I quickly became completely immersed in the
Valette M.
Apr 15, 2014 Valette M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as heroines go, Lauren Chase is nothing special: no prophecy about her future, no strange powers since birth. And because of this, she is incredibly relatable. I fell in love with her as she struggles to come to terms with her new world and the mother she's losing. Her motivations ring true and she feels real, clever and sturdy, with no moping about but a matter-of-fact view on life. But, however fantastic she may be as the lead, the character that takes the cake for me is Peter (the ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You never know what Sarah Beth Durst is going to do next. Fairy tales mixed with science? Vampires and unicorns? Gods taking over human bodies? Creepy carnivals? She’s done all of that and more, and with The Lost, Durst begins another story that, just like her previous novels, is completely different from what has gone before.

Lauren Chase took to the open road to get away, just for a little while, from the prospect of bad news about her mother’s health. Instead she found herself caught in a dust
Aug 29, 2014 Glire marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Mmmm... así que básicamente es A Place Called Here?
Tim Martin
Feb 26, 2016 Tim Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
I have seen jokes all my life about where socks go when they are lost in the dryer or elsewhere. I am sure people from time to time wonder just where other items that are misplaced – an umbrella, a sweater, a paperback book, change, keys, a wallet or purse – go. Did they end up under a bed, on a seat at a restaurant, or behind a bookshelf or some other bit of furniture?

What about lost people, those who vanish without a trace? Particularly people who wander off, having experienced real loss in t
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst is a book I went into not knowing much about. Sure I assumed some big mystery was afoot and external forces were at play keeping people trapped but beyond that I went into reading The Lost mostly blind (ie I didn't read any early reviews). Well I'm happy to report that not only did The Lost meet my expectations but it surpassed them tenfold.

One of my favorite parts about The Lost were the characters. Even though this is really Lauren's story the side characters are
Dark Faerie Tales
May 03, 2014 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A dangerous and dark world where the lost and hopeless go to find “what they’ve lost” with wonderfully descriptive writing that will have you “lost” in this world.

Opening Sentence: For the first hundred miles, I see only the road and my knuckles, skin tight across the bones, like my mother’s hands, as I clutch the steering wheel.

The Review:

Lauren Chase just wants to get away from the reality of her mother dying. Instead of going to work one
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I tend to have a strong liking to such stories: mysterious little towns hiding all sorts of secrets; characters lost in them and trying to find their way, only to find out that something dark is lurking behind; and so on. I must say I was enthralled by the atmosphere in "The Lost". The aforementioned small town felt creepy as hell, and its inhabitants' reactions didn't do anything to shake off that feeling, for
Originally posted at All About Books

My first book by Sarah Beth Durst and I’m a bit disappointed. She always has these unique ideas that make me want to buy all her books at once. I guess it is a good thing that I didn’t do that. I enjoyed reading The Lost enough to want to read more by her but I didn’t get what I expected. Her overall execution of the idea was good, but something was missing for me and I had troubles with the main character.

+ A great, unique idea
I already fell in love with the
Oct 04, 2014 Krystle rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I really liked the ending.


Here’s Sarah Beth Durst’s first foray into YA fiction, something I had a keen eye on as to how she would transition into the new field as well as pull it off. I’ve read a good many of her books and love her innovative story ideas and writing style so I had good confidence this wouldn’t let me down.

The set up behind this book, while simple, is quite intriguing. I really liked how she crafted this little world and how it functioned overall with both the pop
Nov 16, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book started out kind of slow. I admit that I was contemplating DNFing this, BUT I completely LOVE Sarah Beth Durst so I pushed through and I am SOOOOO glad that I did. This book was AMAZING. I was a little peeved with the main character for not jumping into Lost with as much gusto as I would have, but it was realistic with the problems she had at home.

The ending was good though I am divided about it. It could be a stand alone with a "Lady or the Tiger" ending or it could continue and give
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley.)
27-year-old Lauren just wants to get lost for a while, as she tries to come to terms with her mother’s medical problems, but she doesn’t intend to get stuck in a town called Lost, unable to find a way home.
What is going on in Lost? And will Lauren ever go home again?

This was quite a strange story, but I think I liked it overall.

Lauren was an okay character, and I felt quite sorr
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

I really, really enjoyed The Lost. It has such an imaginative premise, and thankfully, the story was great, too! Instead of meeting her mother, Lauren drives away. She has no destination in mind. She just drives. Eventually she decides it's time to turn around, head home, and hear what her mother has to say about her health. But, Lauren ends up stuck in a tiny town named Lost. It's a strange place with wallets scattered about, a man on a endless search for pen
Adriana C
Jul 24, 2014 Adriana C rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

The Lost is an adult book thats a little peculiar, bizarre and sometimes a little disorienting and the first part of the book is somewhat confusing and didnt know to where the story was going, but once I get used to what happens in the town of Lost, I really enjoyed this book.

Lauren is a woman in her late twenties, shes lost because she fears the diagnosis of her mother, since apparently her illness may have returned and instead of facing it, she decides to drive out of town aimlessly f
Nov 19, 2014 hpboy13 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2014
I’m a longtime fan of Sarah Beth Durst, and I think her first foray into adult books went very well. The first fifty pages of the book are quite slow, and I did not really get into it until Lauren becomes a pariah in Lost and the action begins. I thought Durst did a good job creating Lost, mixing just the right amount of whimsy and gloom to properly set the stage.

Have to say, I was not a fan of the love interest, Peter. While I’m sure his bare tattooed chest (which is mentioned in every scene he
Kathy Martin
May 07, 2014 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
What happens to lost things? The socks, the wallets, the suitcases? Sarah Beth Durst has created a place called Lost. It is not only stuff that ends up there, but people too. Lauren started driving one day, didn't make a right turn when she should have, and finds herself there. The people who end up in Lost have all lost something and they can't go home or on until they find out what it is or find it. Lost is surrounded by in impenetrable dust cloud. There are two men who are important in Lost ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I love when I am looking for something completely different to read. Something that could even be classified as strange rather than unique. Something unlike anything else and I love it even more when an author gives me just that and then some.

Durst created an imaginative and unique world in Lost. A world where anything is possible and nothing is ever what it seems. A world that while you don't want to ever find yourself there, can't help but like it once you are thrown into the clutches of the v
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
THE LOST is an okay book. I found the writing reminiscent of what you find in better romance novels, and I think it's possible to claim that that is what LOST is. There's the hero, the mysterious hunk with an untold story that keeps him withdrawing at the last moment from any closeness to Lauren; and the adorable wild 6 year old that keeps them clothed.

The story reminded me of Twilight Zone episodes. You despair and end up in some alter-universe. In this case you can't go home until you find wha
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Sarah Beth Durst is the author of ten fantasy novels for adults, teens, and kids, including Conjured, Vessel, and Ice. Her latest book for kids, The Girl Who Could Not Dream, came out in November 2015 from HMH/Clarion Books, and her next book for adults, The Queen of Blood, comes out in September 2016 from Harper Voyager. She won the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA's ...more
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