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3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  1,311 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
Ever since she was a child, Julia Carver has tested her mother Cindy's nerves and tried her patience. Forever willful and self-absorbed, Julia, now twenty-one and an aspiring actress, moves back home when her father remarries -- and turns Cindy's household into chaos. But when Julia doesn't return after a promising audition with a Hollywood film director, Cindy knows it's ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published August 1st 2003)
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Margie Morris
Mar 23, 2008 Margie Morris rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
This was a pretty stupid book. I wonder if Fielding couldn't figure out which direction to go,it seems she threw so many disconnects out that never did really tie up even at the end. She made Cindy (the mother) in the story a complete nut case, and if she wrote the "Lost" daughter's name once she injected it a thousand times.She couldn't seem to find enough places to inject a bunch of cuss words from the context she threw them in it was just an excuse for her to print them. All the characters in ...more
Carl Alves
Feb 03, 2014 Carl Alves rated it it was ok
It is hard to like a book when none of the characters are likeable. That is the case in this book. Julia Carver is a beautiful, young, aspiring actress who disappears after trying out for a role in Toronto. She is self-centered, narcissistic, and has no redeemable characteristics. Her mother, Cindy, jumps off the handle, doesn’t think anything through, and is overall really annoying. None of the side characters are likeable either.

As if that wasn’t enough, this is a long, dull, uninteresting boo
Lisa Lilly
Aug 29, 2015 Lisa Lilly rated it really liked it
I finished this book in 3 days. It's definitely a page turner. Cindy Carver's 21-year-old daughter Julia, with whom she has a difficult relationship to say the least, disappears. The relationships and tensions between Cindy, both her daughters, her ex-husband, and her sister and mother are well-developed. I particularly felt for the younger daughter, Heather, who tends to get lost in shuffle given the high drama that surrounds Julia even before she goes missing. Joy Fielding does a wonderful job ...more
Dec 30, 2009 Audrey rated it it was ok
Really unlikeable characters throughout this book. The story itself is fairly interesting, but it is hard to get into it since several of the main characters are incredibly self-absorbed and the others are pathetically "in their shadow". I wish the author had done a better job as this story has potential. In summary, I suggest you forget this book and go read a good one.
Jun 16, 2008 Beth marked it as to-read
After reading a lot of crappy reviews, I am leaning toward swapping this for another choice.
Nov 18, 2013 Terry rated it did not like it
I would not have finished this book except it was a book club selection. It is very difficult to read a book when you don't like
the main character or believe in the problem put forward in the plot.
In my opinion, the mother, needed professional psychiatric care.
I get it that the mother felt bad that her daughter had chosen to live with her father when her parents were divorced. What I don't get is how upset she was when her adult child didn't come home one night. It was obvious that her daughter
Apr 06, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
I had thought this would be a nice, thrilling read, but the suspense of the story is completely lost amid endless description. The plot moves at a glacial pace. The writing itself isn't bad, but the plot needs to be stepped up. Also, the main character was such a pushover that it was hard to feel any sympathy for her.
Oct 08, 2012 Ashley rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I went through half the book thinking "Damn I hope the bitch is dead."
Dumbed down far less respectable version of a Temperance Brennan novel.

Left it at Charles De Gaulle airport.
Jul 15, 2008 Kathy rated it it was ok
A fast enough read but the ending is horrible!! Definately one of Fielding's worst.
Apr 10, 2007 callie rated it it was ok
Like Joy Fielding, but not my favorite from her. The ending was unexpected I have to admit.
Jan 06, 2017 Adri266 rated it liked it
uz davnejsie som si neprecitala nic od tejto autorky. A bolo to prijemne osviezenie. Pribeh matky, ktorej dcera sa stratila a len z pohladu matky. Aj ked miestami som krutila hlavou, ze v realnom zivote by to bolo ine, kniha sa lahko citala. Zaver som uhadla uz takmer na zaciatku, aj ked tam bolo nieco, co som nepredvidala
Stephanie Aaron
Oct 28, 2016 Stephanie Aaron rated it it was amazing
Awesome from the beginning. That selfish as Julie.
Ann Laskowski
Jan 08, 2017 Ann Laskowski rated it really liked it
I love Joy Fielding! Once again another good read. Lots of twists and turns.
Gail Sacharski
Nov 29, 2016 Gail Sacharski rated it really liked it
Another good story--especially liked the ending.
Ursula Pflug
Jun 10, 2010 Ursula Pflug rated it really liked it
This review first appeared in The Peterbrough Examiner in October 2003.

by Joy Fielding
Doubleday Canada
372 pages

review by Ursula Pflug
487 words

Best selling author Joy Fielding writes in a casual contemporary voice, familiar and accessible. Her new novel Lost is so last year in Toronto it feels as if one is reading about one’s own life, a trick Margaret Atwood employs to good use as well. Readers will find ample references to the Toronto International Film Festival, the novel’s backdrop
Sep 04, 2011 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this two stars because it was as bad as it promised to be, and, in its way easy to read. It's really more like a 1.5 stars deal to me. It was like reading a lifetime movie, which is the kind of crap I've need at the moment to make it through some personal highly-stressful situations.

That said, this is the third Joy Fielding I've read and I don't know how she creates these people, but they are the most shallow, obnoxious, irritating creatures to inhabit the planet. Worse than that, though
Nov 29, 2015 Jocelyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-solve-it
this is basically crazy on top of crazy (and covered with crazy)

it's a pretty fast paced read
because it's essentially one long sentence concerning just about the worst case scenario MPA (mom panic attack)

ok - julia goes missing
(fyi - julia is the older daughter of cindy (who also has a daughter named heather). cindy isn't that great of a mom. she lets heather's boyfriend move in (and it's not because duncan is homeless or anything, it's just 'cause 'hey, why not!'). she seems pretty into herself
Wanda Gibbons
Loved that this story was set in Toronto. didn't always love the story. Cindy, Heather, Julie and Tom are somewhat forgettable characters but their behaviours are not.

In as much as the ending is a surprise, I guessed it very early in the novel.The meeting with the director was a give away.

Ryan the neighbour is a first class jerk. Since when does he not have time to make a doctor's appointment for his wife, Faith someone he loves. There is hospital emergency care as well. Cindy really is a flawe
Apr 06, 2009 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is Joy Fielding's newest book, although she is already working on another titled "Puppet" which will be released soon in hardcover. I was a little annoyed that when I typed in the ISBN # it couldn't come up with a photo of the bookcover!

"Lost" was set in Toronto, which I found exiciting since I grew up there. All of the streets, buildings, places she mentions in the novel are places I'm very familiar with. Made me think I was "home" in a way.

This novel had such a "surprising" end that I was
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"It's almost five o'clock. Where the hell are you?

Losing Julia has become a constant in Cindy Carver's life. The first time Julia disappeared, she was five years old and vanished at the playground. That inspired motherly paranoia. The second was when, at age fourteen, Julia decided to move in with her father. That broke Cindy's heart. But when twenty-one-year-old Julia disappears without a trace after a promising audition with one of Hollywood's most powerful and influential directors, C
Susan Ross
Feb 06, 2014 Susan Ross rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I found the book okay. I guessed the ending very early in the book although occasionally I seconded guessed myself.
What I liked most about the book was recognizing the streets and the fact that my own high school was named in the book. That was quite cool.
However, the book was somewhat disjointed (frequent flashbacks, etc) and sometimes I wanted to slap the main character.
But my biggest complaint is the abrupt ending. What was that about? Did she have a deadline to meet? What a disappointment!
May 28, 2011 Cassidy rated it it was ok
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Aug 15, 2015 Yara rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. Throughout the entire book i was very excited about reading more. It was definitely a page-turner! The books is about a single mother, Cindy Carver, and her 21-year-old daughter Julia, who mysteriously disappears without a trace. And basically she's trying to find out what happened. The book was very well written and i want to read more from Joy Fielding. Although i did really enjoy this book, i really did not like Julia. I sympathized with Heather mostly, Cin ...more
Sharon Joag
Aug 09, 2010 Sharon Joag rated it liked it
Shelves: leisure-reading
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Feb 18, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Full review and more at

This is another one of those books that I could read over and over again.

Joy Fielding has this amazing ability to present female characters, that are in bad situations, and seem weak, but when faced with these situations, they fight back, and will do anything to improve their situations, and fight for happiness for themselves and people around them.

This seems like a common theme in all her books.

I am not a mother, so a book about somebody
Aug 20, 2016 Irene rated it liked it
Losing Julie has become a constant in Cindy Carver's life. The first time Julia disappeared, she was five years old and vanished at the playground. That inspired motherly paranoia. The second was when, at age fourteen, Julia decided to move in with her father. That broke Cindy's heart. But when twenty-one year-old-Julia disappears without a trace after a promising audition with one of Hollywood's most powerful and influential directors, Cindy begins a frantic search.The rest of the book is Cindy ...more
Stephanie Tuell
after argueing with everyone in her house, julia goes missing after an audition. while her mother is frantic with worry, her father could care less. the search for her turns up a few of julia's well-kept secrets. if julia ever comes back, will she be the same, or will she have changed for the better?

i knew the ending straight from the beginning. sure a couple of times, i found myself rethinking the ending, but for the most part i knew exactly what happened. i'm not just talking about what happe
Mar 10, 2009 Tina rated it liked it
The psychological conflict was definitely there - it built slowly and carefully. Unfortunately, I saw the ending coming early on. I hate when that happens! I desperately wanted Fielding to surprise me with a twist I had not figured out so early on, and I kept reading anticipating that it wouldn't be that obvious. But it was. I also didn't "bond" with the main character at all. She was unlikable to me. She seemed like her mind was very disorganized - didn't feel very authentic. But it was a decen ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cindy’s adult daughter Julia disappears after auditioning for a movie. Until recently, Julia had been living with her father and his newest wife. Cindy goes off the rails to find her missing daughter. She is rude and bullying, pays no attention to the police and gets in their way. Yes, her daughter is missing, but she is tstl. In fact, most of the characters in this book were unlikeable and unsympathetic, except the little dog. Ended differently than I expected, and kinda like the ending. Howeve ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Alisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition! Not sure what to think about this one. The only character I wasn't annoyed at all at was Neil. Everyone else seemed to be acting VERY VERY immature. I found myself slapping my forehead more than once at all the stupid stuff Cindy did! and "The Cookie" was just that, if she was supposed to be annoying and self-absorbed then the author hit the nail on the head. Not sure if I'll read another one of Joy Fielding's books or not. I'm sure the characters were supposed to be in some way how t ...more
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Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last n
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