When Nora receives an early morning phone call she doesn't know the caller but he knows about her and the child she gave up for adoption fifteen years earlier. That phone call starts Nora down a path that will force her to confront her past and her present, something she has been avoiding by deliberately trying to forget. She may have given birth to Bonnie, but apart from a brief moment in hospital she has never had a relationship with her daughter - though from what her adoptive parents have to say there may be something to the nurture versus nature debate. When another ghost from her past reappears it becomes clear that there is more to Bonnie's disappearance than a teenage girl looking for her birth mother and if Nora can't untangle her memories, along with the secrets and lies, then she may never come back from facing her past.
The lost ones was a harrowing story with a unique voice that will stay with me for some time. Nora is an almost perfect anti-hero, tortured by her past and battling her tendency to be an alcoholic. Facing the case of her missing birth daughter forces her to not only face her past, but also face the truths that she doesn't want to see. Nora is a product of her past and as the novel proceeds each layer of protection she has built is stripped away, and it is no surprise that she makes some very difficult decisions along the way. I would challenge anyone to read The lost ones and not come away feeling for Nora and all she has faced in her past, and the inner strength she shows in unexpected ways. A must read, and it will be interesting to see if Kamal continues to write books in this style as it was interesting and engaging and deserves to be read.
This book was also published in the United Kingdom under the title Eyes like mine.
- The vanishing season by Joanna Schaffhausen
- Killing trail by Margaret Mizushima
- Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
- Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
- City of fear by Alafair Burke
- Suspect by Robert Crais
- Vodka doesn't freeze by Leah Giarratano
- What was mine by Helen Klein Ross
- Muzzled by Eileen Brady
- Murder past due by Miranda James
- Without trace by Simon Booker
- Eeny meeny by M.J. Arlidge