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Lost at Sea

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  31 reviews
When beloved local fisherman John Staybrook is lost at sea his death stirs up more than grief. Hidden secrets throughout the small community begin to bubble to the surface, and everyone from the local librarian to the nurses at the hospital are swept up in the storm.

For fans of Kerry Lonsdale and Emily Bleeker, LOST AT SEA is a mysterious yet uplifting family drama with
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being a fishermans wife in a small town has its advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages include support from all of the families living in the town when a fisherman goes missing or when he dies at sea.

The disadvantages include everyone knowing everything about every family including secrets.

When John Staybrook goes missing, his daughter doesnt believe he is gone because he promised to come home after each trip.

Ella was determined that her father didnt go out to sea on that stormy day and
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book, slow to start, with characters dispersed in the fishing town, hiding their deepest secrets. Until a fisherman John was lost at sea, the town and its members unraveled. The story dealt with the repercussions of losing a loved one and revealing the secrets.

My first book by author Erica Boyce, the story pulled me in one chapter at a time until I was completely immersed in its characters. The writing felt dismembered initially until the author craftily joined all the connections
Andrea Bartz
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With beautiful, tender prose and a captivating web of characters, LOST AT SEA is a masterful portrait of a fishing village marked by tragedyand all the secrets therein. Boyce has crafted a poignant and thought-provoking narrative that stuck with me long after I read the final page. ...more
Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has reassured my faith in the more character driven, family based novel. This book is propelled forward with the disappearance of a local fisherman which is a common occurrence in this fictional seaside New England town. How the plot branches off to address how this affects his direct family as well as uncovers the many dramas and intricacies of this blue collar town is accomplished with perfection. The entire book felt so fulfilling to me and leaves the reader with an amount of hope ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
"She felt she could get up and dance on it when she realized the beetle was silent. In fact, when she prodded at the back of her mind, she realized it was gone. She no longer cared what the others thought or did or what they thought of her. It no longer mattered to her that Amanda and Chloe were being assholes, that she hadnt started studying for finals yet, or that who-knows-what chemicals were being pumped through her body that very minute. It wasnt like she always thought it would be: a sharp ...more
Daniela Petrova
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erica Boyce has crafted a heartfelt, deeply moving novel about identity, friendship and family. Thought-provoking and propulsive, with a strong sense of place and a set of intriguing, complex characters, Lost at Sea is impossible to put down.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Living in a small town everyone knows everyone else's business. There is no secret that can be kept quiet for long. Eventually it may not be gossiped about, but its known. The good thing is that there is a line of invisible support and in this small town it is more than most when fishermen's wives are left suddenly bereft with the loss of a husband.

The story revolves around the sudden disappearance of John Staybrook from his fishing boat and as to why he took the boat out in very difficult
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed another book by this author, The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green mostly for the uniqueness of the storyline. I saw this coming out and was intrigued enough to pick it up!

This title is symbolic in some ways, there is the actual sea, and the metaphorical one as people contemplate their roles in daily life. The actual sea is the life and blood of the small town, and a lot of families who depend on it are struggling to stay afloat (here in terms of finding enough money to go
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
When I first decided to read this book it was because of the summary. Ella's dad dies and she thinks he is alive. Except that was not even close to the main plot. In fact, Ella isn't even really a main character. There are plenty others we get to hear from and see more of. That really threw me off the entire book and kind of made me ??? most of the time. A lot of the main themes actually happen before he's even properly missing. (The Goodreads description is a bit different but I still think ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Dislikes- It was hard to follow the characters and their relationships as they werent fully written out or explained. It almost felt like it was a sequel to another book. I thought at first I had skipped some pages. The book's storyline was difficult to follow and jumped from plot to plot. It had me saying What? Why did it just give me two chapters on a different character and her mental illness and now its jumping to a little girl losing her father.. In the very end though, it added up. I would ...more
Tamara Morning
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Lost at Sea
Author: Erica Boyce
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

When fisherman John Staybrook vanishes one night during a storm, his disappearance raises questions. His daughter, Ella, is convinced hes still alive and someone in the town is hiding secretsand the key to his disappearance.

Her friend and former babysitter, Lacey, helps Ella investigate her fathers disappearance. Lacey is struggling with her own demonsher addition to painkillers after a knee injury, the beetle in her brain that
Virginia Morris
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
From Netgalley

The summary appealed to me on several levels: I love any family drama, any book that promises to reveal a secret, a small town setting, and the disappearance intrigued me.

A man has disappeared from a fishing town while on a boat during the storm. The story is told from the perspective of several people including his fishing partner, wife, daughter, and the former babysitter for his daughter. The book covers hard topics - infertility, adoption, and drug use. People arent always
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the small fishing village of Devil's Purse, John Staybrook is a well liked neighbor and respected local fisherman.
He goes out fishing in terrible weather conditions and is lost at sea.
His young daughter Ella doesn't believe he is dead. She heard her parents fighting earlier and she thinks her dad just wanted to get away from her mom.
She enlists the help of her teenage friend Lacey, to look for her dad.
Lacey has problems of her own. Suffering opioid addiction and anxiety, she is trying to
Kathleen Gray
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is less about the loss of John, a fisherman, at sea than it is about the women in his life. The main focus is Lacey, a teen who becomes addicted to opioids first because of a knee injury and then to quiet the beetle in her brain. She was adopted as an infant by her mother Maureen, who has moved them to Devil's Purse so that Lacey can find, she hopes, her bio mom. This is also the story of Annie, the bio mom, and Rebecca, the town librarian who desperately wants a child. There's a twist you ...more
O Prism
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dont read too many seafaring books, but this one intrigued me and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Why would an experienced fisherman 1) go out to sea in inclement weather and 2) what happened and where is he. You have to read the entire book to get the answers. What started out simple became complex very quickly. Add in a small town, gossip, family dynamics, love, devotion and a determination to get to the truth of the matter, I read this book in one sitting, as it became more interesting ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lost at Sea by Erica Boyce, published by Sourcebook Landmark is a full length, stand-alone novel.
I started reading and was right thrown into the story. There is no easying in. And to be honest, it took me some time to get in the story, but then , oh boy, what a ride it was.
The story is told in a multiple pov- including his partner, wife, daughter, and the former babysitter.
The story deals with sensitive subjects and is not for the faint of heart.
Al in all, a fast paced read, well written and
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
John Staybrook fishes for scallops. And tuna. He's gone out hundreds of times. But one night, he doesn't come back. His family, his fellow fishermen, and the community of Devil's Purse are absolutely in shock. How could this happen?? He was an accomplished fisherman, never known to take unnecessary chances.

Woven throughout the search for John are a young adopted woman's search for her birth mother, another kind of loss. And John's loss of income, due to an unsuccessful season of fishing. And
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
In a small fishing town called Devils Purse, a well-known fisherman and father goes missing while taking a tuna boat out on rough waters. Initially the focus of the story revolves around loss and each characters grief. What the synopsis doesnt tell you is the focus shifts to a troubled teenage girl addicted to drugs with a troubling anxiety disorder. So trigger warning to readers who may not know what they signed up for with this book; it heavily tackles issues like drug and alcohol addiction, ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The cover alone was enough to make me drop everything and start reading. I loved this one, and flew through it in a weekend. I am a sucker for a good changing perspectives/back and forth timeline book- must be the mystery lover in me. Lost at Sea is has all of the best women's fiction elements. It touches on love and loss, self discovery, and a twisted character plot that was so enthralling I literally couldn't put it down. This is one that I know will get a lot of love as I pass it around to my ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I expected after reading the description from the publisher. I expected a book about a town pulling together after fisherman John Staybrook vanishes. To a certain extent, that was what I got. But, I also was rewarded with a thoughtful, intricate novel about adoption, addiction and loss. I came to care about all these characters and the clever way their lives intersected. I found it an eye-opening story abut a fishing town and the effects addiction has on its townspeople. I ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Boyce might be the best author I've read at creating real characters whose motivations are believable, who are flawed and imperfect like all of us. Her stories aren't fancy or heavy-handed or thrillersthey're more quiet stories but everyone can identify with what the characters are going through and you become deeply invested in their lives and stories.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC!*
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was hard to follow. It took me a while to get into it and things just never fully got explained. I kept thinking I was missing things, but they just simply were not there. I did really like how unique the story itself was. It just needed some refinement.

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.
Lovely Loveday
Lost at Sea is a beautifully written story with characters that are well-written and full of deep secrets. When a fisherman named John is lost at sea, the town and his family are left with the mystery of secrets that unravel to reveal a shocking surprise. Lost at Sea pulls you in more with every page you read. A story full of secrets with characters complex and flawed making it a lovely read for fans of mystery and suspense.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Probably ~3.5 stars - I liked the concept of this book, but there were times where parts of the story became a bit too confusing for me - which I think had to do with all of the perspective-switching present in the novel. I think the pacing was a bit too slow, but I do think that the writing is good on a technical level.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for the chance to read this book.
Rebecca Nagrodski
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely beautiful book!

Although the story takes a bit to get going, it ultimately becomes a great story that explores adoption; the lengths of a mother's love; addiction; and the depth of family commitment.

I would highly recommend this book! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC of this wonderful story!
Dianne Maguire
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Erica Boyce develops her characters! I really feel like I know them and care about them. The plot twists were well done! I loved how it explored different aspects of living in a small town.
Nancy Mijangos
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A novel about a loss at sea, a loss into substance abuse, and the true meaning of family. Forgiveness reigns. I love this novel.
Christina Marie Reads
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautifully written and heartbreaking tale of just how far main character, fisherman John Staybrook would ultimately go to take care of his family.

This book pulls you in from the very first chapter and doesn't let you go until long after you've read the last word.
Aida Alberto
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once a secret is unveiled it causes a chain reaction of other secrets you thought were hidden. Well told. Suspenful with plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading. Happy reading!
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
In the midst of a daughters search for her missing fisherman father, secrets in a small New England fishing town start spill over.

As the pieces fall into place of what really happened, everyone from the babysitter to the local librarian is swept into a more urgent question: Why would someone go out into the middle of a deadly storm?

This isnt your typical coastal New England setting with tourists or gentile locals. Lost At Sea is comfortable in the grittiness of a town hanging on to a dangerous
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Erica has been writing since she was in third grade. She wrote an illustrated story about an awkward encounter between a Thanksgiving turkey and a hunter and never looked back. Since then, she's written angsty poetry in high school, angsty short stories as an English/Creative Writing major at Dartmouth College, less-angsty legal memos as a student at Harvard Law School, and her first novel, a ...more

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