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The Lost and the Found

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,137 ratings  ·  373 reviews

When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Faith's childhood was dominated by Laurel's disappearance - from her parents' broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.


Thirteen years later, a young woman is fo
Paperback, 441 pages
Published July 2nd 2015 by Quercus (first published April 23rd 2015)
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3.5 stars.

This book has a killer twist.

The kind of twist that makes you question everything you’ve just read. You will feel compelled to mentally rewind the story to try to spot the clues leading to the big revelation that is so, so worth it.

I now realize that I settled for less than I should have. I really did think it would only be about a family coping with the return of their long lost daughter whom they thought they would never again see.

It’s so much more than that. I don’t want to give to
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Thank you to Quercus Books for sending my workplace a copy for review!
What a rollercoaster! I didn't go into this book with many expectations so I was extremely surprised to come out of the reading experience gushing about how good this book was. I'll start of by saying that my biggest fear is being kidnapped so I probably shouldn't read books like this, but for some reason I find them so fascinating. I loved that this book followed what happens after Laurel is found and how she and her family c
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, but for whatever reason I kept putting it off. Boy I'm glad I finally did!

"The Lost And The Found" is the story of Faith, when she was 4 she witnessed the kidnapping of her 6 year old sister Laurel. After 13 years Laurel is found wondering around her old child home clutching her favorite teddy bear.

This story had me captivated with its twists and turns and even though I kinda figured out some things I wanted to see how it played o
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Have you ever wanted something so badly that your whole life is centred around it?

Faith is sure that if only her older sister Laurel could come back from wherever it is she has been taken, that all will once again be right in her world. Her life has been dominated by Laurel's disappearance, and Faith feels somehow responsible - why had the abductor taken Laurel and not her?

But when Laurel returns, thirteen years later, all is not as Faith had imagined. Dark and disturbing things happen that lea
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's hard to resist a good mystery that is filled with twists and dark turns and that leaves you questioning everything and lets face it, who doesn't love a book that makes you frantically flip through the pages until the very end? There aren't many of us that can resist them.

This book is ever mothers nightmare. The possibility, the horror that one of your children could be taken away from you in the blink of an eye with no leads, no suspects, and no where to turn. It is horrifying and chilling
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
I was really addicted to this story, but I think it was a bit too laboured. The whole premise is that the sister will come back after 13 years and the first 50 or so pages are the build up to that and I hate to say it but it dragged... BUT as soon as Laurel did appear I was engrossed. I wanted to know more about what had happened to her so desperately that I couldn't put the book down.

Faith was such a great character to follow because she had a lot of conflicting emotions. Obviously, she was rel
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story so much! There was something about it that was unsettling the whole time, but the slow, slice-of-life pace meant that I'd always finish a chapter in a hurry for a big reveal. It was a great feeling, to be kept on edge for over 400 pages, and I absolutely did not see the final twist coming.

I'm an absolute sucker for stories that have sisters at the heart, and the attitudes of both Faith and Laurel were so interesting as they changed throughout the book. Faith was a great narra
Cora Tea Party Princess
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it

5 Words: Missing, family, lies, resent, love.

Well, that was not at all what I expected. I'm not even sure what I was expecting when I started this book.

But it was definitely a good surprise, and I will absolutely be reading/listening to more Cat Clarke.

I loved how there was this hint that something just wasn't quite right, but because of the situation you didn't want to question it. And I loved the way it ended when everything came to a head, not quite what I expected!
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was surprisingly good.
3.5 ★
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
i thought this would be interesting because i like books about abduction but it was more dull than i thought it would be. i was disappointed.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love listening to Cat Clarke’s books on audio. They always focus on mainly one character and have quite a simple, and yet complex story. The plot itself is nothing complicated. When Faith was little, her six-year-old sister was kidnapped. Now, thirteen years later, she’s found wandering the streets, clutching her old teddy bear.

What was meant to be a happy reunion, is tainted by suspicion and a tinge of jealousy. Faith’s been dreaming about getting Laurel back, and yet, when it happens, she fi
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Jen Ryland
I have a weird obsession with stories about people who could - or not - be who they seem to be. There's something so creepy about thinking that you know who someone is, but that they could really be someone else.

The Lost and the Found is a story about Faith, whose older sister disappeared when they were both young children. Thirteen years later, Faith is a teenager and her mom receives a call -- Faith's sister has turned up.

I loved the subtlety of this story, which manages to a) describe the ter
Rhiannon Hart
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A family thriller that tackles one of the darkest subjects. The Lost and the Found is a pacey read told through the eyes of Faith, the sister who wasn't taken. Now seventeen, she misses her sister and hates what Laurel's disappearance did to her family, but she's also tired, fed up and cranky. Then Laurel returns. It's the miracle they were always hoping for. They can finally have what Faith has always wanted: a normal, boring family. But the press won't leave them alone, and what's worse, Laure ...more
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 3.5 stars

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I received an e-ARC of this book from Random House Children’s and Crown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
This book was intense and powerful the entire way through. It’s so emotional and shocking and complicated. There was mystery and suspense. The whole story was complicated and you never really know where you stand w
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
3.5 stars

Faith Logan’s childhood has been dominated by her sister Lauren’s abduction, so thirteen years later when a girl turns up at the Logans’ old house holding Laurel’s old teddy bear, it’s like a miracle has happened. But things aren’t always as they seem and as Laurel’s behaviour gets more erratic, Faith starts to get paranoid.

I really liked the writing style throughout the book - Faith had a slightly sarcastic narrative that took the edge off a pretty depressing subject matter - but I did
Kate (GirlReading)
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
The Lost and The Found was a book I was so excited to read. The synopsis gripped me from the moment I read it and for the most part it didn't disappoint. It was fast paced and I really enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't love me not was the fact that I guessed the plot twist within a few chapters so I kind of lost that suspense. I'm not sure wether the reason I guessed it is because I've read to many thrillers or because the ending was quite obvious? Nevertheless I did really enjoy it and I thin ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, dl, 2017
3.5 stars
Stef White
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another amazing Cat Clarke book with an ending that both annoys me and makes me happy :)
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dom-rep
The Lost and The Found by Cat Clarke


I've been a fan of Cat Clarke for a while, so when I received The Lost and The Found in the mail, I was overjoyed. Obviously, when you dive into a book where the author has written amazing books before, you have high expectations. Cat Clarke's writing is perfect for YA.

She somehow manages to perfectly capture the thoughts and feelings of a teenager, without actually being a teenager herself. She writes to an extent that if the protagonist hates a chara
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
I hate being a black sheep, guys. Anyway. I didn't hate this book or anything. But I had read so many great reviews that maybe my expectations were too high? No, I didn't dislike it, I just... felt nothing toward it either way. In fairness, I guessed what was happening really early on, and turned out to be right, so I guess that is pretty anticlimactic.

What I liked:

The family stuff.
M.J. J Mallon
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I picked up a signed copy of The Lost and The Found at The Edinburgh Book Festival. Here’s my link to my post if you’d like to see my write up of their talk – The Disappeared and my photo with Cat Clarke and Kat Ellis!!!

My Thoughts:


This is a very simple cover, and if I’m totally truthful I wasn’t particularly impressed. I must admit this little voice in my head kept on saying, couldn’t you think of something a bit more imaginative Cat ?!!!!!! It’s a
Book Outlet
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
3.5/5. This book was interesting as I really enjoyed following the MC's emotional journey. I kind of predicted the ending a little bit but I found the attention on missing children and on morals really intriguing.
It's the nightmare every parent fears. How can you move on after your child disappears?
Thirteen years ago 6 year old Laurel Logan disappears without a trace. Search after search was done, every stone unturned. There was so much publicity. Yet there were no clues, no hints as to where she had gone. Faith is Laurel's little sister. Her life has always been in the shadows of her older sister. She sometimes wonders if it would have been better if she had been taken. Laurel had been her mother's favo
Wee Shubba's World
Opening Line:  "She knows, she definitely knows."

I bought this on a whim, mainly due to the fact it was only 99p on kindle. However, after reading the blurb I was intrigued. I have never read a book by Cat Clarke before and I don't know why but it sure won't be my last. The Lost and the Found was a really good mystery/thriller read. It was a little bit of a slow burner for me but once I got into the story I really thought it was wonderful and emotional. 

Six year old Laurel is kidnapped from her
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Cat Clarke has got be with out a doubt one of my favourite YA authors. I've read nearly all of her books and have highly enjoyed every one of them.

The majority of this authors books tend to be along the lines of suicide and sexuality which makes The Lost and the Found stand out slightly with it being a totally different story line.

The Lost and the Found is a bit of a slow burner, not in a bad way though. Whilst not as dark as her other books, there is just something about this story line that
Nicole Perry
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
It was kind of a slow start. The story didn't really start to get interesting until about 150 pages in. There was a slight twist at the end, but it was more predictable than it should have been. I don't know that I would try something else by this author.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-author, arc, for-review
*4.5 stars*

Originally published at: http://solittletimeforbooks.blogspot....

Cat has been one of the strongest voices we have in UKYA since her first book in Entangled and she’s continued to get better and better. The Lost and the Found was amazing.

Faith has lived in the shadow of her big sister for thirteen years – she doesn’t remember a time when Laurel wasn’t missing. And now Laurel is back. I really how complexly Faith was portrayed. She’s conflicted: of course she’s glad to have her sister b
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm almost speechless about this one. It was good and I enjoyed reading it. but all in all, it left me sad and a little defeated.

So many kids go missing each year - each month, each day. And it all just hurts my heart. So to read a book about a child, abducted, it just heartbreaking. But we aren't with Laurel - the girl who was taken and, against all odds, comes back home. No, we're with Faith.

Faith is the sister that was left behind. She's been forced to live with overbearing parents - worried
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