Hello, bookworms! I am so sorry for being inactive again. I had been sick for almost a month in August. It was pretty bad, I wasn’t in a mindset to write anything. I am better now and back with writing again! This review has been long overdue as I read Lost Girl at the start of the month and had been meaning to post the review. So, today is the day! Let’s get into it!
Thank you Harper Collins for sending a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Book: Lost Girl
Author: Sana Shetty
Genre: Young Adult, Murder Mystery
Age Limit: 15+
In the nondescript town of Fagu, a few kilometers from Shimla, retired police officer Vanessa and her husband Aidan are coasting through a blissful post-retirement life and running their quaint cafe. One day, on their usual morning trek in the mountains, they notice something in the bushes that shouldn’t be there. At the end of a hidden track, a young girl, barely in her twenties, is badly hurt and unconscious.
Two years later, the lost girl is now called Shanaya, and she helps out at her foster parents’ cafe. Every resident of Fagu knows the mystery behind Shanaya’s past, but she remembers nothing of it.
The residents of Fagu have kept Shanaya’s secret and protected her from harm. She is one of them, and her life is peaceful, until a stranger arrives in town, triggering within Shanaya a flood of memories and nightmares. Determined to learn the truth about her past, Shanaya lets the stranger lead her on a dangerous path of discovery.
This has happened for the first time with me where the story starts in a particular mood and vibe but halfway, all of that completely changes. The main character has forgotten everything and has started fresh with her newfound parents who have adopted her in the hills. With her new life, she tries to find the forgotten past, so that element blended well into the story. It created a sense of mystery for me which kept me hooked to the story. I would like to appreciate the world-building that the author did. The beautiful village in the Himachal gave an eerie feeling to the story.
Halfway the story completely takes a turn. It was very unexpected and the author further introduced some more characters in the story which did not disrupt the flow of the story in any way. The ending was bittersweet, yet unpredictable and meaningful. The writing is immaculate and the connection of plot twists is outstanding.
What I Liked:
- The world-building of the story.
- Change of events halfway in the story.
- Forgotten past trope.
- Unpredictable and meaningful ending.
What I Didn’t Like:
- Irrelevant information in between which made me skim some pages.
What You Should Read Next:
- Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon.
- Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
I highly recommend this book for those who love dark, twisty murder mysteries with a forgotten past trope with a dash of romance!