Lost You by Haylen Beck ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s):
Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Published: 6 Aug 2019 by Crown Publishing
Page count: 309
My Format: eARC from NetGalley
Cover: Okay
Pacing: Good
Ending: Good
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy Lost You

My rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.”

What follows is one of the most shocking, twisty, and provocative works of psychological suspense ever written. A story of stolen identity, of surrogacy gone horribly wrong, and of two women whose insistence that each is the “real” mother puts them at deadly cross-purposes,

My Thoughts
This was a tidy little thriller and I ended up liking it quite a bit. Here are my pros and cons for Lost You:

Pros

  1. I really enjoyed the pacing and the style of writing in this book. The words flowed effortlessly and it was easy to read.
  2. This is a well-written psychological thriller with enough twists to keep you on your toes.
  3. I thought this was a super scary take on some of the complications and issues that can arise from surrogacy. The author apparently thought so as well, since he found it necessary to qualify the topic in his author’s note by saying this book “…is a work of fiction. It should not in any way be perceived as an attack on the idea of surrogacy.”
  4. The two main women in this story had their own serious issues and throwing a baby into the mix made it super disturbing. It was a recipe for disaster.
  5. Believe it or not, the person I sympathized with the most in the book was Libby’s estranged husband Mason. After you read the book, I think you will feel the same way.

Cons

  1. What happened to Charles!? Charles was a man Libby met while on vacation with her son. Something happens to him in the story and it is never resolved! UGH!
  2. The synopsis touts this book as “…one of the most shocking, twisty, and provocative works of psychological suspense ever written.” I liked the book, but that statement is pushing it just a tad.
  3. One super convenient circumstance was required near the end of the book in order to make everything come together and work well in the overall story. It was the only point in the book that I felt didn’t work organically.

Summary
Stick with this book. You will think you have it all figured out and maybe even think it is so predictable that it isn’t worth finishing… however, you will be wrong. There are some twists and turns at the end of the book that I did not see coming and I thought they added some depth to what was already a decent thriller.

Thank you NetGalley and Crown Publishing for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you would like to read this book and form your own opinion, please consider purchasing through this link: Buy Lost You. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

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4 thoughts on “Lost You by Haylen Beck ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

  1. This book made me look up surrogacy laws and I was shocked to find out that while this was fiction, it absolutely could happen!! Ok, maybe not ALL the details, haha, but the main premise! Crazy!!

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