Blog Tour: The Lost by Simon Beckett

Today I’m bringing you my review of The Lost by Simon Beckett as part of the blog tour.

Thanks to Orion Books, Tracy at Compulsive Readers and the author for my copy of the book.

The Book


Ten years ago, the disappearance of firearms police officer Jonah Colley’s young son almost destroyed him.


A plea for help from an old friend leads Jonah to Slaughter Quay, and the discovery of four bodies. Brutally attacked and left for dead, he is the only survivor.


Under suspicion himself, he uncovers a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew – forcing him to question what really happened all those years ago…

The Review

I hadn’t read anything by the author before reading The Lost but saw that Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers was organising a blog tour and I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read for Tracy’s previous blog tours so was happy to take part.

I have two young children myself, one of whom is a boy about the age of Jonah’s son who went missing some ten years before the events of the book took place. Reading the parts of the book that discussed what happened were difficult, but the author dealt with them well, and the horror that a parent must feel in those circumstances was truly captured.

The story was gripping and it didn’t take me long to read because I was desperate to see how it turned out and what Jonah had gotten himself involved in when he answered the call from Gavin, the old friend, and fellow police officer who gets in touch one night to ask for help.

It soon becomes apparent that there’s a lot about Gavin that Jonah didn’t know as he continues to try and find out what happened that led to the events at Slaughter Quay and changes what he thought he knew about what happened to his son all this years ago.

Jonah is a great lead character and I’ll look forward to seeing more of him in future books in the series but there are several of the supporting characters who scream out for more attention in future books too. In particular for me are DI Fletcher and DS Bennett.

This was a great start to a new series and will be a hit with any crime fiction fans.

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