I’m really excited to bring you a review of this novel today as part of the blog tour!
Lost is the second book in the ‘Arielle Lockley’ series by Elle Field and in all honesty I was a little anxious about starting this one. I read Elle’s debut, Kept, and found it slightly hard to follow at times and really disliked the main character so I was worried I would feel the same whilst reading Lost but happily, I didn’t!
It feels like Field’s writing style has matured and it feels far slicker and well-honed in this novel. There was less confusion on my part and I was drawn in a lot faster than I expected. Thankfully with the maturing of the writing style came the maturing of the protagonist and I was really pleased to see Arielle taking far more responsibility for her own actions and altogether being a better human being! It was a joy to be able to follow her story and instead of hoping for her downfall, I was cheering her on from the word go.
The plot of Lost is one that has been well thought out and well executed with the reader in mind. I found myself racing to the conclusion of this novel only to find that it was left on a stonking cliff-hanger and has me desperate for the next book – which is what all good authors manage to do; have you so invested in the lives of the characters that you can’t wait to find out what happens to them next. There were a few small elements of the plot which I found a tad predictable but not at one point did this annoy me and in fact I loved seeing the way Elle dealt with the situations she threw at her characters.
We are reintroduced to old characters including Arielle’s fiancée Piers and her best friend Ob, but we are also treated to a few new faces which shook things up and brought some lovely layers and conflict to the novel. I loved that Elle didn’t play it safe with this book – she touched on some serious topics but dealt with them sensibly and didn’t skirt around the seriousness of them.
I really, really did enjoy this book and I am now pretty damn excited to see what comes next in the third book in the series called Found. I imagine you could probably read this book as a standalone as it doesn’t require all that much knowledge of what happened before but I would suggest for continuity and full understanding that you should read Kept before you read this one!
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