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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  1,015 ratings  ·  103 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 26th 2003)
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Margie Morris
Mar 23, 2008 Margie Morris rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
Lisa Lilly
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
Carl Alves
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
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.
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.
Susan Ross
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!
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.
Like Joy Fielding, but not my favorite from her. The ending was unexpected I have to admit.
A fast enough read but the ending is horrible!! Definately one of Fielding's worst.
Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda
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
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
Ursula Pflug
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
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
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
I must be the only one who LOVED this book... I read it In two days on vacation... If I had a criticism, it's that the ending was a little anticlimactic although it remained a mystery for me. I thought it was very funny and I still use some of the expressions that I got from this read. I would recommend this book as a fun, breezy read. If you don't expect more than that, you should find it thoroughly enjoyable...
Heather Logan
Did not like this book. Of the stupid dialogue, the fears, the characters and that the Audiobook Narrator did not pronounce 'Yonge Street' & 'Spadina' Avenue correctly.
The detail of Cindy.Following another charactor through the Streets & Roads was just filler of words to finish book.
Being a fellow Torontoian and having to read a Joy Fielding book for my Bookclub was painful and disappointing!

"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
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Joe Reto
Fielding's book is very good until the end. I was a bit disappointed by the ways the book ended because when you put yourself in character Cindy Carver's shows you may have done things differently........esdpecially at the stories end. The read is intriguing for about 90% of the book but it's ending leaves something to be desired.
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
Total waste of my time. Not worth reading. Daughter disappears and the ending made me want to throw the book at the wall.
Book had way too many irrelevant characters and plot lines. Ending was horrible. Fielding is a good writer and I will try other books of hers, but I would not recommend this one.
I am a biggg fan of Joy Fielding.. but I couldn't believe this was written by her!!! I didn't like this book at all, both storywise as well as the way it was written!!! If this is your first Joy Fielding book, please don't bother and go straight for her good books!!
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
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
I did not enjoy this one. I listened to the whole story and could not wait for it to end already. You could fall asleep for most of it and still know what's going on. But I gave it two stars because I guess I can admit there were a few parts of the story where it held some interest.

I will try one more from this author to see if something else might be more enjoyable.
I liked the book but it was just okay compared to some of the other Joy Fielding books I've read. And it felt a little bit like Crime and Punishment - a lot of time spent on someone going mentally insane. The mother grieving over her "lost" daughter - too much time is spent detailing her hysterical and, in some cases, truly odd behavior. The book kind of stumbles right along, and then creaks to stop. The ending was somewhat tacked on, I felt. The book had a good storyline but the actual story ki ...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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