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The Lost Ones

(Nora Watts #1)

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It's late. The phone rings.

The man on the other end says his daughter is missing.

Your daughter.

The baby you gave away over fifteen years ago.

What do you do?


Nora Watts isn't sure that she wants to get involved. Troubled, messed up, and with more than enough problems of her own, Nora doesn't want to revisit the past. But then she sees the photograph. A girl, a teenager, w
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Hardcover, 343 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by William Morrow (first published February 9th 2017)
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Maggiendp I grew up in Vancouver and still live in BC, so maybe that carried me along because I didn't find it slow. Annoying at times, yes, because so improbab…moreI grew up in Vancouver and still live in BC, so maybe that carried me along because I didn't find it slow. Annoying at times, yes, because so improbable - whacking someone with a tire iron and he only has a bump??Being able to escape on a likely broken but at least sprained ankle? Still, I enjoyed it. Because alcoholism is crazy as s*#t and I think she captures that, and she has a really good handle on the downtown eastside of Vancouver.(less)
Maggiendp I can see you like thrillers. This one had a lot of improbable details, the car just being one of many. But as a study of an alcoholic , this one is n…moreI can see you like thrillers. This one had a lot of improbable details, the car just being one of many. But as a study of an alcoholic , this one is not that farfetched. The family may just want to keep her away, and reporting her for stealing the car would entangle them more in her life. Just my take on it. Less bothering to me than the crazy injuries everyone seemed to shake off.(less)

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Will Byrnes
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
They are so dark that pupil and iris are virtually indistinguishable, fringed by long lashes that might make them pretty until you take a closer look, and then you will see that they absorb all the light around them and refuse to budge an inch. When looking into them, if you ever do, you will suddenly remember appointments that you should be making and previous engagements that you’ve forgotten to put on your calendar.
Nora Watts may be living in the basement of her employers’ building. She m
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Deanna
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...

4.5 stars

This novel has two titles "Eyes Like Mine" (UK) and "The Lost Ones"

I read the description of this novel and was immediately intrigued.


I have noticed recently that I hate hearing the phone ring. The sound instantly puts me on edge.....especially at night. So I can only imagine how Nora Watts feels when her phone rings at 5AM and a man named tells her she may know something about a missing girl. She agrees to meet Ev
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Will Byrnes
They are so dark that pupil and iris are virtually indistinguishable, fringed by long lashes that might make them pretty until you take a closer look, and then you will see that they absorb all the light around them and refuse to budge an inch. When looking into them, if you ever do, you will suddenly remember appointments that you should be making and previous engagements that you’ve forgotten to put on your calendar.
Nora Watts may be living in the basement of her employers’ building. She m
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Roxane
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An elegant, finely wrought thriller with a frustrating but compelling protagonist. Nora Watts is a fascinating, complicated woman with a very specific moral code. At times I wish the narrative moved faster but the way this builds tension is masterful. Loved this.
Diane S ☔
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nora is a survivor. As a child she saw something no child should ever have to see, raised in foster homes, she has seen and done things, using whatever she could just to survive. As a young adult a senseless act of violence was perpetuated against her, a horrible incident that she has tried to put behind her. Unfortunately, there is a lasting effect of this violence that she will struggle with, something that though she tries, cannot be forgotten. She is an alcoholic, does not trust many, though ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I loved "Eyes Like Mine" by Sheena Kamal - a perfect character driven thriller with a psychological edge, focusing mainly on the female protagonist, fresh and original Nora Watts in an interesting, intriguing and highly entertaining story.
- It's late. The phone rings. The man on the other end says his daughter is missing. Your daughter. The baby you gave away over fifteen years ago. What do you do? Nora Watts isn't sure she wants to get involved. But then she sees the photograph. A girl, a teen
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Mackey
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is a missing girl, you've been asked to find her. The catch? She is your daughter, the one you gave up for adoption 15 years before.
This was an intriguing storyline; one that grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let go. In a summer filled with many repetitious themes, this one was quite different.

Sheena Kamal has worked with people who lived on the streets and her writing style and vernacular is very authentic. Toward the end there were a few scenes that stretched believab
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Selene
3.5 stars

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
POV: (view spoiler)
Setting: Vancouver, Canada
Writing style: 3.75/5

A woman who’s mentally on autopilot deviates from her daily monotonous routine in search of a daughter long since removed from her thoughts. Her daughter’s unknown whereabouts lead Nora Watts on a high-speed journey that realigns her with the shadowy faces of her past. This unrelenting search for the truth propels Nora down a rabbit ho
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Louise Wilson
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The phone rings late at night. The man on the other end of the phone tells you his daughter is missing, your daughter, the one you gave up over 15 years ago. What would you do?

Nora Watts is not sure she wants to get involved. With more than enough problems of her own. But then she sees a photograph of a teenage girl with her eyes. How can she turn her back on her?

This is another well written novel. The story is action packed from the start. We get taken into a corrupt world full of lies, betraya
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Eyes Like Mine starts off with Nora Watts learning that her daughter Bonnie that she gave birth to 15 years ago, but didn't keep has gone missing. Has Bonnie run away, or have she been kidnapped? For Nora is Bonnie just an awful reminder of something traumatic that happened to her years ago, but still, she can't help, but try to find out the truth about what happened to Bonnie.

Eyes Like Mine is a bleak thriller about a woman that has been through so much since she was a child that it's amazing t
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Cheri
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, canada, vancouver


”You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I'm made of glass
Like I'm made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper”

-- Skyscraper, Demi Lovato, Songwriters: Toby Gad, Kerli Kõiv, and Lindy Robbins

”I have this feeling now, this feeling that knocks the breath right out of me, that my past has not just come looking. It has found me.”

Nora may be living with her dog, Whisper, in the basement of the building where s
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Linda Strong
This book initially starts with the story of a missing teenage girl, Bonnie. Her parents turn to Nora Watts for help as the police believe she just took off. What Nora learns is that Bonnie is HER daughter ...the one she gave up for adoption 15 years earlier.

The book becomes more about Nora and her life, both past and present. Nora has a gift of sorts ... she can tell when people are lying. So far, it's never let her down. And she knows that Bonnie's parents are both lying about something ... sh
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Emma
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nora Watts is one of those singular characters that demand the entirety of the narrative, such that in this novel, the plot and secondary characters serve only to enhance her story. Perhaps for another book that would be a negative comment, but in this one it feels exactly right. She is caustic and damaged and far from over her past. She does what she has to but without superhuman qualities, just determination and a very bad attitude. I didn't always like her, but I liked her creation, liked the ...more
Sarah Joint
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A smart and well written debut with a fascinating and unique protagonist. I'm looking forward to the next one. There's no too perfect to be real characters here. Everyone is damaged and flawed. The lead character won't be sauntering around in heels and designer clothes anytime soon. She's gritty and badass, not always likeable but always interesting.

The phone rings early in the morning, and there's a desperate voice on the other line. He wants Nora to meet him. He needs her help. She agrees beca
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Liz Barnsley
I loved Eyes Like Mine – I’m not sure whether it was Nora who was spot on brilliant as an engaging and divisive main protagonist, or the themes within (as an adopted child myself I related on many levels here) or the really quite brilliant storytelling but overall this one was a huge hit with me.

Nora’s past trauma defines a lot of who she is – and she is not always someone you can love – but this novel is a journey for her that is utterly riveting and totally addictive. The author plays with man
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William
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary book. Amazing and powerful.
(Published as The Lost Ones and as Eyes Like Mine)

Sheena Kamal has given us a new protatonist, Nora Watts, who is badly flawed, traumatised, but so very strong.

Warning: There are some very brief scenes later in the book of a child medically abused. The short chapter IV.8 can be skipped safely.

(view spoiler)
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Deanna
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars

This book has another title : The Lost Ones

My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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Rachel Hall
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eyes Like Mine is a brutally brilliant shot of Canadian noir with a damaged and uncompromising lead protagonist and is a darkly atmospheric and original thriller. A classy debut, this is everything I like about a thriller and at the top of that list is a substantial plot that demands the readers attention. This is not a sit back and switch off formulaic thriller but a journey that engages, with a spiky first-person narrative that tells a story that takes its readers from the seedier end of Vanco ...more
Taryn
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is one mystery/thriller that I enjoyed despite not being terribly invested in the mystery itself. I was, however, captivated by the main character, Nora, and the more minor characters in her orbit. I think we can all agree the whole “P.I. with a substance abuse problem” thing has been done to death, but somehow Kamal makes the tired patterns seem fresh, and before I knew it I was rooting for Nora to both solve the mystery of her daughter’s disappearance and reckon with what happened to her ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This was one dark book. A great noir. Nora is approached by the adopted parents of the baby she gave away to find her after she goes missing. What follows while she embarks on teh search for the missing child is the dark, depressing life story of Nora. She has gone through so much in life - a father who committed suicide, absent mother, care homes, rape, became an alcoholic and is now living in her employers basement. At one point near the end someone calls her a victim and she responds the word ...more
Bookread2day
Eyes Like Mine is a female-driven psychological suspense novel.
Bonnie Bronwyn went missing two weeks ago. She has run away before. Everett Walsh and his wife Lynn thought Bonnie was going camping with friends. But she lied and stole all the money that they had in the house and a bank card. Everett and Lyn think that Bonnie has been drinking and taking drugs. Bonnie was obsesses with finding her biological parent, she had been on one the sites that reunite adopted children with their biological
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Ann Girdharry
I really wanted to like this book and worked hard to get to like the main character, Nora. I really like 'bad' characters and thought this one would be up my street.

Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. I found her mixture of alcoholism and general aggressiveness a bit too much and her abuse of another character in the book (Bradzuca), really turned my stomach.

I also found the final scenes unbelievable. Sorry, this wasn't for me.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.
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Lata
3.5 stars. Much as I found watching Nora Watts’ self-destructive tendencies and actions, I found her a compelling protagonist as she goes through hell (attacks, misinformation, her own painful memories from her foster care experiences, her later brutal assault, rape, coma and consequent unwanted pregnancy, alcoholism and complete mistrust of others, except for her dog) to locate her kidnapped 15-year old daughter that she gave up for adoption after her pregnancy.
The case involves the adoptive pa
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Shalini
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story goes something like this, a phone call about a missing child, who has eyes like the protagonist, Nora. And that starts the ball rolling with the past and present clashing up with Nora right in the middle of it.
The author, Sheena Kamal has walked the off-beaten path where main character is a recovering alcoholic investigator, who keeps falling off the bandwagon. She is so non-descriptive that throughout the book, I searched for her facets, to understand her better. The only person who
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Carol
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, series
Some people hoard toilet paper. Apparently I hoard books and have been doing so for quite a while in preparation for just such an occasion as this pandemic! With the libraries being closed and no end to social distancing in sight, I guess it's time to read some of my collection. I recently saw that the third book in this series had been released so I decided I better get started. The fact that the author is Canadian and that it takes place in Canada is a bonus. There were a lot of interesting ch ...more
Joanne Robertson
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this is an interesting one. I don’t think comparisons to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo do this book many favours and may put a few readers off trying it. I thought Nora, a feisty but ultimately damaged protagonist, was far more intriguing than I was expecting and quite unlike any heroine I have come across in a while. It actually took me a while to “get” her but once I did I also found her to be much more likeable than I had anticipated.

It was the blurb on the cover that attracted me to Ey
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

The lies we tell each other will always be followed by the truth. If there’s one thing that seems to be inevitable, it’s the past that forged us into the person we are today. Sheena Kamal’s debut thriller demonstrates her ability to develop a greatly flawed protagonist in Nora Watts as she is thrown into a dark road to the truth. In The Lost Ones, Nora Watts receives an unexpected call from desperate parents who claim their daughter has gone mis
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Heidi
People will lie about anything, anytime.

Every now and then a character captures your attention so fully that they feel like real life people and evoke a fervent prayer to the literary gods that the author will write a sequel – and another one, and another one! For me, Nora Watts was that protagonist – she was so compelling and intriguing that she instantly swept me up into her world and kept me enthralled. Nora may initially seem like your classical flawed character with the obligatory traumatic
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Aisling
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. Amazing because I would have given this 5 stars for being an impossible-to-put down thriller but also because I would have given it 5 stars for being so movingly lyrical at the very end that it took my breath away. This writer is incredible. Those two things don't usually mix. Kamal is incredibly talented that she could pull this off. I loved, loved, loved the ending page or so. (Don't cheat and go read it, it won't mean anything without the character's story.)

Even books
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Wanda
I’m not sure how this book even got on my TBR list—but it came in at the public library for me last week, so I must have seen something along the way that prompted me to put a hold on it. I’ve obviously had it on hold for some time and now that it’s published, voila!

A woman with a past. Alcoholism. Sexual assault. A baby given up for adoption. Homelessness. Indigenous heritage, making her invisible to the justice system unless it is making life more difficult for her.

And yet she has talents and
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Sheena Kamal was born in the Caribbean and immigrated to Canada as a child. She holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness.

Sheena is a winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. Her first novel, The Lost Ones/Eyes Like Mine won a Strand Magazine Critics Award
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