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Book Review: Lost You

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Lost You by Haylen Beck– Libby needs a break. Three years ago her husband split, leaving her to raise their infant son Ethan alone as she struggled to launch her writing career. Now for the first time in years, things are looking up. She’s just sold her first novel, and she and Ethan are going on a much-needed vacation. Everything seems to be going their way, so why can’t she stop looking over her shoulder or panicking every time Ethan wanders out of view? Is it because of what happened when Ethan was born? Except Libby’s never told anyone the full story of what happened, and there’s no way anyone could find her and Ethan at a faraway resort . . . right?

But three days into their vacation, Libby’s fears prove justified. In a moment of inattention, Ethan wanders into an elevator before Libby can reach him. When the elevator stops and the doors open, Ethan is gone. Hotel security scours the building and finds no trace of him, but when CCTV footage is found of an adult finding the child wandering alone and leading him away by the hand, the police are called in. The search intensifies, a lost child case turning into a possible abduction. Hours later, a child is seen with a woman stepping through an emergency exit. Libby and the police track the woman down and corner her, but she refuses to release Ethan. Asked who she is, the woman replies:

“I’m his mother.”

Genre: Contemporary Thriller

Published: August 6, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: N/A

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I had no idea what to think about this book. I went into it fairly blind because I hate spoilers so I spent the first couple of chapters a little lost and trying to figure out where it was all going. But it was worth sticking with the book! I don’t want to give anything away so it’s hard to review this book- everything feels like a spoiler! I will say that the pacing of the story is great, the characters are engaging, and I liked the ending! The author did a good job of giving the readers both of the women’s thoughts and stories which made the book even more engaging because I wasn’t sure who I should be rooting for- honestly I think both Libby and Anna were a bit nuts. This is definitely a book about the dark side of surrogacy and what can happen when emotions derail and sanity becomes unstable! I would have liked to have more of the husband’s story- I think his perspective would have added a lot more to the story. But as it is, I definitely recommend it!

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