Review: THE GIRL YOU LOST by Kathryn Croft

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Review: THE GIRL YOU LOST by Kathryn CroftThe Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft
Published by Bookouture on February 5th 2016
Pages: 318
Genres: Psychological, Thrillers, Thrillers & Suspense
Also by this author: The Girl With No Past
eARC provided by Bookouture

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Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

I was a huge fan of The Girl With No Past, so when this book became available, I jumped at the chance to read it.

Simone and Matt’s daughter was kidnapped when she was just 6 months old. It almost tore them apart, but they wallowed through it. They both became successful in their careers and their marriage. Eighteen years later a girl comes to Simone saying she might have information about her daughter. The girl claims to be the girl who was taken. The girl is in trouble though, and before they can confirm her identity, she disappears.

In this story the daughter (or potential daughter) is the mystery. The mother, Simone, goes off on an adventure to find her, and to find out if it is really her. Who knows the lengths a mother would go to find her daughter? Simone’s story is absolutely heart wrenching. The loss is right there in the story. This heartbreak for Simone drives her to lie, break the law, and betray her husband. There are twists and turns and this kept me on the edge of my seat. The author builds a great mystery around the identity and then the disappearance of this girl. I chewed off all of my nails trying to hang on for the ride.

Simone takes chances I don’t agree with. I don’t know if Simone’s curiosity is warranted. She might have been risking her job, reputation, and marriage for nothing. Simone ends up traveling all over and meeting a few people who add to this mystery. The author does a stellar job of character building. These aren’t all good guys, these are seriously flawed people. Once Simone finds out what’s at stake, she can’t help but go all in and find this girl.

My issues with this story are mainly with Simone and her willingness to risk everything. That, and I kind of guessed the ending. I am not usually one to see a surprise, so this was a bit disappointing for me. Even with those issues, I still really enjoyed this book. I found this story hard to put down due to the addictive writing style. If you enjoy a good mystery, you should give this a read.

My Rating


About Kathryn Croft

Kathryn is always seeking new challenges and has had a wide and varied career before writing her first novel. After gaining a BA Honours Degree in Media Arts with English Literature, she worked in human resources and management training. But it wasn’t long before her passion for literature led her to train as a teacher and study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She then spent six years teaching secondary school English; a job she believes was invaluable to her writing career.
Kathryn now devotes all her time to writing and is currently working on her fifth novel.
Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. Now that she has achieved the dream she has held onto since childhood – to write a full-length novel – her new goal is to be as successful as the bestselling authors she admires. She firmly believes anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!
Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband and two cats, Aphrodite and Isis.

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  1. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance February 15, 2016 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    This sounds really good! Sorry you guessed the end/twist. I don’t tend to guess things, but yeah, I can see how it would be a bit of a let down when you DO, especially if you feel it’s obvious.
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  2. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    February 16, 2016 at 6:43 am - Reply

    I love a good mystery/thriller. This sounds like it was sold even if the ending was a bit disappointing. I agree sometimes characters in these kinds of books seem to risk so much and make some questionable decisions. Great review!!
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